What is Heroin?

Heroin is known by many slang terms. Smack, H, Gear, Brown, Skag, Junk to name but a few. It is made from morphine derived from the opium poppy. It is found in powder form and can range from white in colour to brown, depending what substance its been cut with. It is either smoked or injected. In order to inject, it is first dissolved in water. Sharing needles and/or syringes runs huge health risks with many users who inject contracting hepatitis C and HIV, as well as other infections and virus’. Damage to veins is common as blood clots and abscesses can develop.

The Effects of Heroin

Any opium based drugs are strong painkillers and highly addictive. It doesn’t take long for a user to get hooked. Just a small dose of heroin can cause feelings of warmth, total well being and euphoria and the effects can last for hours after the initial ‘hit’. It is a class A drug and possession is illegal and repeated use makes a person more and more tolerant to the drug causing higher doses to be required in order to reach that desired rush.

If a regular user suddenly stops taking heroin then there can be severe physical and physcological withdrawal symptoms. The craving for Heroin will be intense and professional help should be sought when trying to withdrawal from regular heroin abuse. The symptoms are referred to as ‘cold turkey’ and include extreme nausea, vomiting and sweating, cramps, severe muscle aches, insomnia, cold sweats, fever, diarrhoea to name some of them. Most users report itching, nausea, dry mouth and vomiting as symptoms they experience the first few times they use the drug.