Heroin Toxicity


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Expiration Date

28 Feb 2026

Last Reviewed

1 Mar 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes

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Activity Description

Heroin, also known as diacetylmorphine, is a very efficient prodrug and more potent than morphine. Many deaths are caused by heroin overdoses throughout the world each year. Heroin, which can be sniffed, smoked, or injected, is experiencing a rebound in usage, partially related to the efforts to reduce the abuse of prescription pain relievers. With increased usage, there has been a corresponding increase in overdose-related deaths. Heroin is one of the most commonly used drugs among those who misuse intravenous drugs. This activity reviews the etiology, presentation, evaluation, and management/prevention of heroin toxicity and reviews the role of the interprofessional team in evaluating, diagnosing, and managing the condition.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Describe the basic pharmacology of heroin in the human body.
  • Review the signs and symptoms expected on examination and evaluation of a patient with suspected heroin toxicity.
  • Outline the management options available for both acute heroin toxicity and long-term management following recovery from heroin toxicity.
  • Explain possible interprofessional team strategies for improving care coordination and communication to advance the evaluation and treatment of heroin toxicity and improve outcomes.


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This activity is reported to the following Maintenance of Certification (MOC) boards:
American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Pain Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine
American Board of Pathology
  • Chemical Pathology
  • Forensic Pathology
American Board of Pediatrics
  • Medical Toxicology
  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine

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