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Toxic Leukoencephalopathy Following Heroin Smoking (Heroin Vapor Abuse, "Chasing the Dragon")

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Toxicology
Emergency Medicine
Critical Care

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Description:

"Chasing the dragon" (heroin inhalation, smoking heroin) involves smoking of heroin base. It may have a number of toxicities including toxic spongioform leukoencephalopathy. Smoking heroin may reduce the risk of viral hepatitis but can be just as lethal.

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