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What is it?
Opioids encompass the drugs Heroin, Morphine, Codeine, Methadone, Buprenorphine, Pethidine, Dilaudid, Kapanol, MS Contin. Heroin is arguably the most abused opioid, though there has been a steady increase on dependency and abuse of prescription opioids such as morphine.
Heroin is actually derived from Morphine, which is from the Opium poppy used by Egyptians for thousands of years.
What does it look like?
Heroin can be
It is usually packaged in
H, Hammer, Skag, Gear, Smack, Horse, Elephant, Rock, Slow, Black tar, Poison, Homebake, China white, White, Chinese H, Harry Cone, Junk, White dynamite, Dragon
How They Are Taken
How They Work
Being a depressant, Opioids affect the nervous system by slowing down the messages between the brain and the body
Why Is It Taken? (Desired Side Effects)
Unwanted Side Effects
Long Term Side Effects
Overdose And Death
Overdose, coma, respiratory and death can occur particularly if Heroin is used with other depressants to intensify the effects. A user can easily underestimate the purity or strength of Heroin, increasing the chances of overdose.
Addiction And Dependency
Heroin is highly addictive both psychologically and physically. Building a tolerance to the drug is easy which then requires higher doses of the drug to achieve the same high. Overdose is common as a result of this.