Heroin

Street names:

 

Junk, H, Smack, Horse, Skag, Nose Drops, Thunder, Hell Dust, Big H


What is it?


Heroin is a highly addictive white or brown powder or brown sticky tar made from opium poppies. Heroin is a depressant. It enters the brain, where it is converted to morphine and binds to receptors known as opioid receptors. Heroin is a dangerous and illegal drug with a high addictive potential. It is also an effective painkiller.

Risks:


    •    Overdose
    •    When injected, the following risks apply: bacterial infection, blood poisoning, abscesses, endocarditis (an infection of the lining of the heart) and collapsed veins. Sharing needles greatly increases the risk of becoming infected with, or spreading, HIV and hepatitis B or C.
    •    High-risk behaviour, breakdown of family life, loss of employment and poor health.
    •    Brain damage

IMPORTANT POINTS:


    •    The most immediate danger of heroin use is overdose.
    •    Injection drug use puts a person at high risk of bacterial infection, blood poisoning, abscesses, endocarditis (an infection of the lining of the heart) and collapsed veins. Sharing needles greatly increases the risk of becoming infected with, or spreading, HIV and hepatitis B or C.

Links
http://camh.ca/About_Addiction_Mental_Health/Drug_and_Addiction_Information/heroin_dyk.html