HEROIN (opiate)

By Emily Rockwell and Alyson Schutte

Street Names

The street names for heroin are Smack, black tar, dope, Hell dust, and White Lady. It may also sometimes be called... Dragon. Street names must be used to hide the use of illegal drugs.

Make Up/Description of Form

Heroin is made up of morphine that is readily extracted from opium and is used to synthesize heroin. Addicts frequently dissolve heroin in water by heating it in a spoon, then injecting it into the bloodstream. In its purest form, heroin is a powder. It can also be shot into a vein using a needle.

Effects on the Body and Brain

It produces a "high" that is accompanied by drowsiness and a sense of well-being that generally last for three to four hours.