PHOTOS: ‘Faces of Heroin’ puts spotlight on physical side effects of drug

‘Faces of Heroin’ puts spotlight on physical side effects of drug

RALEIGH, NC (WFLA) —  In the past, when meth because a national epidemic, many health professionals noted that meth use had serious medical side-effects on a person’s appearance — especially their face. Now a sheriff’s office began a campaign to educate people about “Faces of Meth.”

Now, a medical help website, has created “Faces of Heroin,” which helps make clear the horrible visible side effects of heroin use or opioid abuse.

New Health Advisor put together a list of physical changes that heroin and opioid abuse can have:

Abscesses – Injecting heroin, especially these that have been mixed with harmful chemicals, can cause painfully sore, horrendously looking abscesses to form on your skin. One glance at what this can look like will be enough to deter most from ever trying heroin.

Cellulite – This is caused by continues piercing of the skin through repetitive intravenous injections.

Scabs on The Skin – Some users, whilst on heroin, may pick at their skin, causing it to bleed and scab up.

Dark Spots – Some users who regularly consume heroin will develop dark spots on their face and body.

Tooth Decay – The use of heroin, especially if smoked, can lead to serious tooth decay in users and in addicts.

New Health Advisor contributed to this report

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