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Relationship between heroin and psychosis

Higher relative risk of heroin use in those with psychosis compared to general population

Psychosocial complications have most impact:

Already vulnerable patients may resort to crime or sex work to maintain habit (prevent withdrawals)

Heroin use will add to disorganisation, poor social support, and stigmatisation, further affecting access to care and compliance

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