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Respiratory Depression Caused by Heroin Use

Kadir Hakan Cansız, Gökhan İnangil, Murat Kuyumcu, Ahmet Ertürk Yedekçi, Hüseyin Şen, Sezai Özkan, Güner Dağlı.

Heroin is a semisynthetic narcotic analgesic and heroin abuse is common due to its pleasure-inducing effect. For the last 30 years heroin abuse has become an important worldwide public health problem. Heroin can be administered in many different ways as preferred. Heroin affects many systems including respiratory system, cardiovascular system and particulary the central nervous system. Overdose use of heroin intravenously can be fatal due to respiratory depression. In this letter, we wanted to engage attention to respiratory depression caused by heroin abuse and potential benefits of using naloxone.

Key words: Heroin, Respiratory depression, Naloxone

Article Language: Turkish English

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