What heroin is

A highly addictive and illegal drug that is produced by morphine and appears as a powdery substance.

How it is taken through the body

  • muscles
  • under skin
  • injected into veins
  • dissolved

Slang names

  • smack
  • brown sugar
  • brown crystal
  • snowball
  • dip and dab
  • dragon
  • tar
  • white horse
  • white stuff
  • jolly pop
  • Mexican mud

Short term effects

  • When entered through the brain it converts to morphine, and blends rapidly to opioid receptors
  • Pleasurable sensation which people call a "rush" (It depends on how much that person is taking).
  • Drowsy and start to fade
  • Nausea
  • Itching

Long term effects

  • Collapsed veins
  • Kidney failure
  • Infection into the blood vessels
  • Arthritis
  • Sharing needles can lead to AIDS
  • Coma
  • Loss of memory and intellectual performance
  • muscles weaken
  • Constant itching
  • Pustules on face

Signs of abusing heroin

  • Find remnants of the drug, for heroin it is usually powdery/ crumbly substances.
  • You may find small glass, metal pipes, dirty/burn spoons, and belts.
  • The user will have a dry mouth, skin flushed, nodding off- breathing slow downs.
  • Users will start to act antisocial from family and friends.
  • Users turn to theft and other crimes.

Dependence VS. Addiction

Dependence: If treated with morphine for cancer, pain, other medical reasons, they are not compulsive users of morphine or addicted.

Addiction: Users start to use higher dosages and how the drug effects the user. If not used regularly, bodies will show symptoms otherwise.

Is heroin physical or physiological?

Heroin is both. It physically takes over your body, and mentally takes over your brain.
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