Wide spread heroin use leads to deaths nation wide.

What is heroin?

Heroin: Heroin is a drug made from seed pods from a poppy plant. Heroin has many dangerous side effects, and has large highs that lead to addiction and overdoses. Most times heroin is found as a white or brown/black powder, and when the heroin is darker, it is usually mixed with something or has impurities.

Effects of heroin

Short Term Effects

  • Rush or High lasting 3-5 hours
  • Slurred Speech
  • Nausea/ Vomit
  • Itching/ Rash Outbreak
  • Constipation
  • Slowed Heart Rate
  • Delirium- Withdrawal

Long Term Effects

  • Liver/Kidney disease
  • Abscesses- Large puss bubbles that are severely itchy and infected
  • Infection of the heart
  • Collapsed veins
  • Lung disease
  • Brain slowness/ Neuron damage

New term:

Abscesses: An area of infected tissue that collects on the body.

Delirium: Mental disorder leading to distracted thinking and unconsciousness.

Other Possible Problems

  • Easy overdose
  • Miscarriage

How to quit

It is very hard to quit heroin! Cravings and withdrawal can kill people months later after their last use. Ways to quit include:

  • Medical drug
  • Therapy

Avoiding heroin

Heroin is highly addictive and hard to quit. Don't approach someone who may use heroin. Never do heroin, and remember, peer pressure isn't worth your life.