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Heroin is a highly addictive drug processed from the naturally occurring substance morphine which is extracted from an Asian poppy seed plant. Heroin usually appears in the form of a white or brown powder, or a sticky black tar. Heroin is considered a depressant. Once it enters the body it affects the receptors in the brain dealing with pain and also affects the brain stem which is important for the automatic processes critical to life such as breathing and blood pressure. When a heroin user overdoses, it is typically because they are unable to breath due to the effects heroine has on the brain stem. Heroin is linked to most drug related deaths. Violence and crime are also linked to its use.

Street names:

Al Capone, Antifreeze, Aries, Aunt Hazel, Ballot, Big Bag, Big Doodig, Big H, Big Harry, Black Eagle, Black Pearl, Blows, Blue Bag, Blue Star, Brown, “H”, Hell Dust, Horse, Junk, Nose Drops, Skag, Smack, Thunder

Short-term effects:

  • Clouded thinking
  • Vomiting
  • Pregnant women can suffer spontaneous abortion
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Severely slowed breathing, sometimes to the point of death

Long-term effects:

  • Bad teeth
  • Gum infections
  • Cold sweats
  • Itching
  • Constipation
  • Collapsed veins
  • Infectious diseases such as Hepititas, HIV, and other blood born viruses ( This typically occurs when sharing needles)
  • Liver disease
  • Various types of pneumonia
  • Coma
  • Death
  • Fatal overdose