By Joe.Murillo, Aaron czajkowski

What is heroin?

Heroin is a highly addictive drug that is derived from morphine which comes from a poppy plant. They are a depressant/ downer.

How are they abused?

They are highly addictive, and affect the brain's pleasure systems. They are in many different forms which can make it easier to take in the body instead of a needle.

How does heroin affect the brain?

When it enters the brain, it turns back into morphine. It blinds the molecules on the cells. It numbs pain just like morphine.

What are some other effects of heroin.

some other effects include Feeling sick to the stomach and throwing up,Severe itching,Slowed breathing,Increased risk of HIV and hepatitis through shared needles,Coma

Can you get addicted to heroin

Yes you can, it enters the brain quickly for a intense high. Since addicts take it often, they grow a tolerance and take more and more to get that same level of high. They eventually overdose if they take too much.

Can you die if you take heroin

Yes, you can die from heroin. Heroin can slow down your breathing or stop it completely and would suffocate you.

How many teens use heroin

Barely any teens use heroin anymore. The percentage is so low that only 2% of teens use heroin.

What should you do if someone needs help?

If you know someone that is doing heroin and needs help, please call

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (they don't just talk about suicide,they cover a lot of issues and will help put you in touch with someone close by)

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator at 1-800-662-HELP

What classification does your drug belong in?

heroin is a depressant