The Heroin Dilema
Health Presentation, by Kirill Didychouk
What is Heroin?
A drug made from the seed pods of the opium poppy plant. Heroin is highly addictive and is usually found in powder form, but can also be found as a brown, sticky, tar-like substance known as "black tar heroin". Heroin comes in a variety of colors, ranging from white and brown. The colors usually indicate how pure it is. Heroin is a depressant.
How Can it Be Put INTO THE BODY
- snorted through nose
- injected with needle
Short Term Effects
- goes to brain and turns into morphine
- disrupt opioid receptors that control pain, pleasure, breathing and blood pressure
- a rush of euphoria
- nausea and vomiting
- decreased breathing and heart-rate
Long Term Effects
- collapsed veins
- addiction to the drug
- Pneumonia (infection of lungs)
- Tuberculosis (infection of lungs with the tuberculosis bacterium)
- liver and kidney disease
- infection of heart linings and valves
How Can Someone Quit? and How to Avoid the Drug?
Quiting the drug is extremely difficult and most people go back to it.
- Medical drugs and behavioral therapies, such as group counseling and therapies help people stay off the drug
- it only takes one time to get addicted, so stay away because that one time can kill you