Heroin

By Amanda Potvin

Heroin

What is the drug?

Heroin in a highly addictive drug derived from morphine. It looks like a white of brown powder, containing tar-like substance. Heroin is an opiate, and can act like a depressant.

Slang terms:


  • Horse
  • smack
  • H.



Effects:

Short term:


  • " rush"
  • slowed breath
  • nausea and vomiting.
  • coma or death.


Long term:

  • Throwing up
  • risk of HIV
  • Cant breathe.


Statistics:


  • An estimated 13.5 million people in the world use opium.
  • In 2007, 93% of the world’s opium supply came from Afghanistan.
  • The 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported 153,000 current heroin users in the US in 2007.

What can happen:

Heroin can give you HIV/AIDS, and your veins can collapse, and effects to the heart.