7 Things You Should Know About Heroin

03 May 7 Things You Should Know About Heroin

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Heroin is a highly addictive, illegal street drug that can be snorted, smoked or injected. Here are 7 things about heroin that you or your teen may not know including how it’s made, what its effects are, withdrawal symptoms and common street names.

 

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Heroin

By Teen Rehab

 

Heroin is a highly addictive, illegal street drug that can be snorted, smoked or injected. Here are 7 things about heroin that you or your teen may not know.

  • 1. Made From Poppies

    By Teen Rehab

    Heroin is made from chemically processing morphine, a drug which is naturally derived from the seed of opium poppy.

  • 2. Previously Medicinal

    By Teen Rehab

    Today, we understand heroin to be a dangerous street drug. When it was first created, its purpose was to be a strong painkiller and cough suppressant in the 19th Century. However, its side effects and highly addictive properties meant that it was abused by users.

  • 3. Depressive Effects

    By Teen Rehab

    Heroin is known as a “depressive drug” which means that it slows brain activity and nervous system activity down. Some users report feeling like their limbs are heavy as a result.

  • 4. A Rush, Followed By Warmth

    By Teen Rehab

    After entering the body either by snorting, smoking or injecting, heroin mimics endorphins in the brain and gives the user a feeling of a quick rush and euphoria. Following this, users will feel a sense of slowing down, warmth, and contentment as the drug binds to opioid receptors.

  • 5. Long Term Consequences

    By Teen Rehab

    Some consequences of long term use of heroin can lead to constipation, liver and heart problems, malnourishment as a result of a decline in appetite, and menstrual irregularities in women.

  • 6. Effects of Withdrawal

    By Teen Rehab

    Some signs of withdrawal to be aware of include stomach cramps, hot and cold sweats, anxiety, irritability and diarrhea.

  • 7. Common Street Names

    By Teen Rehab

    Some common street names of heroin include: Smack, horse, junk, skag, brown, Harry, boy and “H”.

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