What is Heroin?
Heroin is a highly addictive drug made from morphine, a pain-relieving drug made from the opium poppy. Heroin is usually a white or brown powder. It can be injected, smoked, or snorted.
Big H, Black Tar, Dope, Junk, Skunk, Smack
Did you know?
- Many young people believe that heroin is only addictive if it is injected, so they try snorting it and smoking it. Heroin is addictive in any form.
- Heroin can cause a fatal overdose, especially when combined with alcohol or sedatives, or when used after a period of abstinence.
- Long-term use can cause collapsed veins, infection of the heart lining, liver disease, and pneumonia or lung disease.
Signs of use:
- Change in appearance, person no longer cares about being clean
- Nodding off
- Lack of energy
- Slowed and slurred speech
- Dry mouth
- Shallow breathing