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Rare Bacterial Infection Anthrax and Contaminated Heroin
The low cost and increased availability of heroin throughout the United States is making it much easier for prescription drug users to switch to heroin now that prescription drugs aren't as easy to get anymore. There are so many people abusing painkillers and other prescription drugs today or that are addicted to them they're desperate to find an alternative drug that's similar to their drug of choice which are commonly pain pills. The effects a person receives when abusing Vicodin and other opiate medications are so similar to heroin's effects people are turning to the illegal drug to replace their habit with unfortunately.
Even though abusing prescription medications is dangerous and deadly, the heroin available today may be even worse. Anthrax is a very serious infectious disease that can infect a person's skin, gastrointestinal tract or lungs according to PubMed Health and recently has made headlines associated with heroin use.
A warning was put out in Scotland to heroin users because a patient was recently confirmed to have the anthrax bacteria according to dailyrecord.co.uk. They believe a contaminated batch of heroin is possibly circulating in Scotland associated with the patient's diagnosis. They also report that there have been other reports recently of anthrax related to contaminated heroin in Germany and other western European countries. This is scary because according to the report after coming into contact with anthrax it can take up to a week for the symptoms to develop.