I'm not sure it could be described as hoarseness, but quite a few heroin
addicts do tend to develop that instantly recognisable smackhead drawl... you know the one, where their speech pattern is slowed down, and their voice lowers in pitch, and almost falters and breaks mid-word.
Doesn't tend to happen to everyone, seems to be more common in women, rather than men. And swim
hopes she never spoke like that, she really does.
Does heroin have a physiological effect on the vocal chords, causing this distortion of voice? Or is it just the gouchy effects of the gear that are causing speech to be slowed down and delivered much more lazily? It's not just from smoking heroin either, swim has known many addicts who inject start speaking like this.
Never really thought about why before, it's an interesting topic for a thread.