Images Show Broken Heroin Needles Stuck in Users Neck

Images Show Broken Heroin Needles Stuck in Users Neck

The dangers of injecting intravenous recreational drugs are well known. But just in case that old mantra of "don't do drugs, stay in school" has faded away, a grizzly reminder has been doing the rounds online lately. 

The images were originally shared on Reddit r/Medicine four years ago by an anonymous doctor. According to their full post, the patient arrived at the hospital with severe pneumonia. The patient, a long-term intravenous heroin user, underwent an initial chest X-ray (below) that revealed dozens of broken needles in his neck. Radiologists then ran some 3D reconstructions (below) of the area.  

The doctor believes that when the patient injected heroin into his neck, he would pass out and the needles would break off. The man eventually managed to leave the hospital.

Read more from IFL Science: http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/images-appear-to-show-broken-heroin-needles-stuck-in-patients-neck/

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