THE TRUTH ABOUT

HEROIN

HEROs don't use HEROine

CLASSIFICATION

OPIUM

Heroin is classified as an opium because it is made from the resin of poppy plants.

NAMES AND STREET NAMES

Its formal name is heroin, but it is called many informal names like...


-Big H

-smack

-hell dust

USE

Heroin can be injected, smoked or sniffed.


EFFECTS

-The first time it is used, heroin creates the sensation of being high. The rush is often accompanied by skin feeling warm and a dry mouth.


-Hours after the high, the addict starts to go through withdrawal.

SHORT AND LONG TERM EFFECTS

SHORT TERM EFFECTS INCLUDE...

-rush

-slowed breathing

-clouded mental functioning

-nausea and vomiting

-sedation; drowsiness

-hypothermia

-coma or death system

-coma

LONG TERM EFFECTS INCLUDE...

-bad teeth

- inflammation of the gums

-constipation

- cold sweats

-itching

-weakening of the immune

AND MANY MORE

WHERE IT IS FOUND AND WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

Heroin was first manufactured in Germany, but now 93 percent of the world supply comes from Afghanistan. In its purest form, heroin is a fine white powder; but more commonly, it is gray, brown, or black in color from the additives used to dilute it.


FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW

1.) 9.2 million people use heroin worldwide, approximately 900,000 in the US.
2.) Between 1995 and 2002, the number of teenagers aged 12 to 17 who used heroin increased 300 percent.
3.) 55 percent of teens reported they started using because of pressure from their friends.