Friday, May 20, 2005


Snake venom habituation in heroin addiction

`The present cases are reported here to make the readers aware of this type of habituation, which is still being practised in big cities. However, both the patients did not show any withdrawal symptoms, indicating that they were not addicted. As the snake bite was not taken daily, mostly because of high cost and likely lethality, addiction to it could not develop. However one patient showed tolerance to its effect. It is noteworthy that both the patients preferred it to heroin. We feel that it is possible to collect the snake venom from such places with the help of local community social workers.’

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