Heroin

By: Atiah Morrison

What is heroin?

Heroin is a very addictive drug that comes from morphine , this drug is often used as an illicitly.

Description

When heroin is in its purest state, it is a white powder . But most likely is rose grey , brown and or black . The forms heroin can come in is liquid , powder and tar . This drug is an opiate .

Short Term Effects

· Skin flushing

· Dry mouth

· Nausea

· Vomiting

· Intense itching

· Drowsiness

· Slow cardiac system function

· Slow breathing

· Convulsions (especially in cases of overdose)

Long Term Effects

· Emotional instability

· Impaired night vision due to constrained pupils

· Diminished libido

· Menstrual irregularities

· Joint and muscle problems, including arthritis


Increase risks of

· Collapsed veins

· Hepatitis B and HIV infection

· Bacterial infections of the heart lining (endocarditis)

· Liver and kidney disease

The ways Heroin can be used

  • Injected
  • Snorted
  • Smoked


This may differ depending on the purity of the drug , or the preference of the user .

Heroin Legality

· Heroin is considered a Schedule I drug, as well as

morphine, codeine, cocaine and methamphetamine.


· Possession of heroin is a criminal offense. The charge can be summary offense, which is seen as less serious and carries a lesser penalty.

· A summary conviction for possession of heroin has a penalty of up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.


· A subsequent conviction means the penalties double to up to 12 months in jail and/or a $2,000 fine.

Heroin Addicts Speak - Short Presentation
In conclusion Heroin is a highly addictive drug , that can have a an extremely heavy impact on your life , family and friends . Ways to prevent drug addiction is to hang out with the right crowds , and try to stay away from drugs .

Help lines

www.drugandalcoholhelpline.ca/

www.recovery.org/topics/addiction-recovery-helplines/