The Heroin Dilema

Health Presentation, by Kirill Didychouk

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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
  • smoked
  • 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
  • drowsiness
  • constipation
  • nausea and vomiting
  • decreased breathing and heart-rate
  • death

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

Other Possible Problems

  • Great chance to get viruses such as AIDS
  • exposure to poisons and other detrimental ingredients laced with Heroin
  • addicted/altered babies, as well as miscarriage in pregnant women

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