Heroin

Heroin

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    Heroin is part of a group of drugs known as Opioids. Opioids interact with opioid receptors in the brain and elicit a range of responses within the body; from feelings of pain relief, to relaxation, pleasure and contentment.

    Heroin comes in different forms, including:

    • Fine white powder
    • Coarse off-white granules
    • Tiny pieces of light brown ‘rock’

  • Common Names

    Smack

    Gear

    Hammer

    The Dragon

    Junk

    Harry

    China White

    Dr Harry

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    How is it used?

    Heroin is usually injected into a vein, but it’s also smoked (‘chasing the dragon’) and added to cigarettes and cannabis. The effects are usually felt straight away. The effects take around 10 to 15 minutes if snorted.



Side Effects of Heroin

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    Heroin affects everyone differently, based on:

    • The person’s size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken
    • The strength of the drug (it varies from batch to batch)

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    Heroin affects everyone differently, based on:

    • The person’s size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken
    • The strength of the drug (it varies from batch to batch)

  • You will experience the below effects, which will last for 3 to 5 hours:

    Intense pleasure and pain relief

    Relaxation, drowsiness and clumsiness

    Confusion

    Slurred and slow speech

    Slow breathing and heartbeat

    Dry mouth

    Tiny pupils

    Reduced appetite and vomiting

    Decreased sex drive

    If injecting drugs there is an increased risk of:

    Tetanus

    Infection

    Vein damage

    If sharing needles there is an increased risk of:

    Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis C

    HIV & AIDS

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    You will experience the below effects, which will last for 3 to 5 hours:

    Intense pleasure and pain relief

    Relaxation, drowsiness and clumsiness

    Confusion

    Slurred and slow speech

    Slow breathing and heartbeat

    Dry mouth

    Tiny pupils

    Reduced appetite and vomiting

    Decreased sex drive

    If injecting drugs there is an increased risk of:

    Tetanus

    Infection

    Vein damage

    If sharing needles there is an increased risk of:

    Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis C

    HIV & AIDS

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    Long-term effects:

    Intense sadness

    Irregular periods and difficulty having children

    No sex drive

    Constipation

    Damaged heart, lungs, liver and brain

    Vein damage and skin, heart and lung infections from injecting

    Needing to use more to get the same effect

    Dependence on heroin

    Financial, work or social problems

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    Long-term effects:

    Intense sadness

    Irregular periods and difficulty having children

    No sex drive

    Constipation

    Damaged heart, lungs, liver and brain

    Vein damage and skin, heart and lung infections from injecting

    Needing to use more to get the same effect

    Dependence on heroin

    Financial, work or social problems


Mixing Heroin with other drugs

The effects of taking Heroin with other drugs – including over-the-counter or prescribed medications is unpredictable and dangerous.