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In its purest form heroin is a white powder derived from the dried milk of the opium poppy. When impure it can be brown in colour, it contains morphine and cadeine, both effective painkillers. There are also many other naturally occuring and synthetic heroin like drugs including codeine, diconal, dihydrocodeine (df 118s), methadone, morphine, opium itself, palfium, pethidine and temegesic.
Heroin is one of several highly addictive drugs derived from the opium poppy plant, along with morphine, opium, Dilaudid, and others. People inject opiates, snort them or take them by mouth.
Common street names:
Heroin: - Lady, white girl, horse, black tar, brown sugar, smack, goods, H, junk, Harry
Morphine: - M, white stuff, cube, morf, mud, nasty
How they are taken:
Heroin is often smoked using tin foil heated up underneath resulting in the heroin turning to a liquid form and the user inhales the fumes commonly called tooting or chasing the dragon. Although heroin is most commonly injected.
Because opiates are extremely addictive, withdrawal symptoms occur when a person stops or decreases their use.Tolerance and physical dependence develop quickly. users find they need to increase the amount they take to continue to feel the full effects. withdrawal symptoms can be very unpleasant and similar to flu-aches, sweating, chills and shaking. they generally fade after about a week, but the biggest problem in staying off heroin is fighting the psychological craving.
Babies of addicts are born dependent on the drug and
must go through withdrawal as their first task in life.
Injecting is the most dangerous way of taking heroin and brings additional dangers, particularly if needles and other equipment are shared. this can lead to infections such as hiv or strains of viral hepatitis. heroin is a class a drug with heavy penalties for possession, use, supply or selling. that means a fine, a prison sentence or both.
|tremors||weight loss||abdominal cramps||goose bumps|
|runny nose||severe craving for the drug|
Withdrawal symptoms begin within 24 hours after last use and may last up to 7-10 days. Although these symptoms cause discomfort, the benefits to a person who stops using opiates greatly outweigh an addiction to the drugs. These benefits include improved health and greater enjoyment of everyday activities. Withdrawal can be dangerous depending upon the amount of the drug the person used. Medical attention is STRONGLY ADVISED!
|Immediate effects: (These effects may last approximately 4 hours)|
|decreases awareness of the outside world||vomiting||drowsiness||nodding off|
|depression of respiration||unconsciousness||dilated pupils|
|Effects of prolonged use:|
|physical dependence||psychological dependence||lethargy and indifference to environment and people||reduction of bowel movements|
|infections of the heart lining and valves||skin abscesses||congested lungs||death|
|With large doses|
|user cannot be awakened||pupils become very small||skin becomes cold, moist, and bluish in color||breathing slows down|
|death from overdose|
It is illegal to grow, process, sell or use heroin. Morphine and other opiate derivatives, are in lower schedules because of their use in medicine as potent pain relievers.
For information about other drugs, return to Drug Information Page.