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Addiction and Substance Abuse

Behavioral effects

11/09/2007

Question:

If a child under the age of 10 is given cocaine or heroine, are there potential long term effects?

Answer:

The first and most concerning immediate effect is death. Anyone who would give a child under 10 cocaine or heroin is committing a crime. Concerning long term effects, that would depend on how much exposure to the drug(s) the child received.

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Response by:

Peter D Rogers, MD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University