What is Heroin?

Heroin is a very powerful drug and is one of the most addictive drugs on earth, both physically and psychologically.  It is classified as a depressant, meaning the user appears tired, drowsy or drunk.  Heroin may be smoked when in pure powder form, snorted into the nose through a straw, injected under the skin or directly into the vein.

 

Some of the long-term physical conditions that accompany heroin addiction include reduced energy levels, reduced sex drive, and an overall lack of motivation when it comes to involvement in any activity, other than those associated with obtaining their next fix.  Those associated activities include burglary, robbery and prostitution.

 

Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive drug.  It is both the most abused and the most rapidly acting of the opiates.  Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of certain varieties of poppy plants.  Because heroin abusers do not know the actual strength of the drug, or its true contents, they are at risk of overdose or death.  Heroin also poses special problems because of the transmission of HIV and other diseases that can occur from sharing needles or other injection equipment.

 

If you would like more information about heroin, contact the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at 800-662-4357, or visit them online at csat.samhsa.gov.

 

Phone code: 1781

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