Heroin Addiction

Heroin, also called dope or smack, is a highly addictive opioid drug made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed pod of the Asian opium poppy plant. Heroin can be a white or brown powder, or a black sticky substance known as black tar heroin. It can be injected into veins, snorted or smoked. It is often mixed with crack cocaine into a drug called “speedball.”

Nicknames for heroin:

  • Black Tar
  • Smack
  • Horse
  • Big H

Effects of Heroin Usage

Short-term effects:

  • Drowsiness
  • Rrespiratory depression
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Severe itching
  • Confusion
  • Decreased respiration
  • Heart rate
  • Blue hands
  • Feet
  • Lips

Long-term effects:

  • Damaged teeth and gums
  • Skin damage from scratching
  • Severe constipation
  • Diminished immune system
  • Malnutrition
  • Sleeping problems 
  • Irreversible liver or kidney damage
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