Heroin
(a.k.a. Smack, Horse, H, Dragon, Junk, Tar, Black Tar, Harry, Stuff, Scag, Chiva, Hombre & Mexican Brown)


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HEROIN

Where does Heroin come from?

Heroin is a chemical substance that comes from the opium poppy plant. The pod contains white syrup that can be collected. When the syrup dries it is what is known as opium. From this opium other drugs (Morphine, Heroin, and Codeine) are extracted.


Methods of Use?

Heroin can be injected, smoked, or inhaled.


What does it look like?


Heroin comes in white to dark brown powder like substances. It can also be found in a tar-like substance.


What are the physical effects of Heroin?

Risks associated with using Heroin include becoming violently ill, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, cramps, loss of appetite (malnutrition), drowsiness, constricted pupils, watery eyes, itching, slow or shallow breathing, rapid heart rate, ringing in the ears or head, clammy skin, convulsions, coma, and even death.


What are the psychological effects of Heroin?

The risks associated with heroin include anxiety, mood swings, confusion, paranoia, euphoria or rush feeling which is followed by a relaxed content state.


How long does the effect of Heroin lasts?

The intense warm and safe feeling (the "rush") lasts from anywhere from 3 hours up to 10 hours, depending on how much heroin you take. The euphoric feelings begin after 7-8 seconds after a person injects the heroin in their vein.


Terminology

Cold Turkey: Quitting the use of drugs without any help.
Cut: To mix heroin with a powder.
Eight Ball: Eighth of an ounce of heroin.
Hot Shot: Overdose of heroin, or a dose laced with poison designed to kill the user.
Mainline: To inject heroin directly into the blood through a vein.
Methadone: Used to help heroin addicts withdraw from this drug.
Opium Poppy: Place where the chemical substance of heroin is derived.
Popped: Arrested
Rig or Works: The needle and tourniquet used to inject heroin.
Scoring a hit: Buying drugs.
Shooting gallery: Place where people gather to gets shots of heroin.
Skin Pop: To inject heroin under the skin, not directly into the vein.


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