The Drug That Kills
- Heroin is a highly addictive drug that is processed from morphine, which is a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of the Asian opium poppy plant.
- Heroin can be injected, snorted/sniffed, or smoked. It is highly addictive and enters the brain very quickly. Contrary to popular opinion, all three methods can lead to addiction and other severe health problems.
- There is no cookie cutter heroin user. In fact, many of heroin’s newest addicts are in their teens or early 20's; many also come from middle- or upper-middle-class suburban families.
- Tolerance to heroin develops with regular use, so after a short time more heroin is needed to produce the same level of intensity. This results in addiction.
- Health risks to using heroin include:
- Fatal overdose
- High risk of infections such as HIV/AIDS
- Collapsed veins
- Infection of the heart lining and valves
- Liver disease
- Cold flashes with goose bumps
- Muscle and bone pain
- Sudden withdrawal by heavily dependent users who are in poor health can be fatal.
9. Heroin craving can persist years after drug use stops, and can be triggered by exposure to stress or people, places, and things associated with drug use.
10. In heroin’s purest form it is a fine, white powder. More often than not, it is found to be rose gray, brown or black.
- Toxic ingredients are usually mixed with heroin so the true purity of the drug and its strength is usually hard to really know.
Other Names of Heroin
- Brown Sugar
- White Horse
- China White
- Mexican Black Tar