August 28, 2010 Kim Goldman

Heroin, (AKA: Horse, Junk, Hell dust, Nose drops, Skag, Smack, Shoot, White stuff, Hardstuff, H, School boy, Dust, Black tar, China white, Mexican mud) is derived from the dried “milk” of the opium poppy, which contains morphine and codeine. When sold on the street, heroin is often cut with glucose, caffeine, flour and talcum powder. These impure additions pose a great danger to users. Heroin is highly addictive and is known to be one of the most difficult drugs to kick.

What does it look like?

Heroin is found in a liquid form, white powder
form or “tar” form. It can be injected, snorted,
smoked or swallowed.

What are the immediate effects?

  • Euphoria
  • Decrease in breathing, body temperature and heart rate
  • Drowsiness
  • Restlessness
  • Warming sensation
  • Decreased appetite and thirst
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Severe cramps

What are the long-term effects?

  • Brain damage
  • Muscle deterioration
  • Irregular breathing and heart rate
  • Respiratory and cardiac arrest
  • Coma
  • Physical and psychological addiction
  • Overdose resulting in death
  • Tolerance

Yes, teens are using heroin.

  • The United States Department of Health and Human Services National Household Survey on Drug Abuse Study found that, in 2001, approximately 3.1 million Americans (1.4%) 12 years old and older had used heroin at least once in their lifetime. People ages 18 to 25 reported the highest percentage of lifetime heroin use with 1.6% in 2001.
  • According to the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future Study in 2002, 1.6% of 8th graders, 1.8% of 10th graders, and 1.7% of 12th graders surveyed reported using heroin at least once during their lifetime. That study also showed that 0.9% of 8th graders, 1.1% of 10th graders, and 1% of 12th graders reported using heroin in the past year. Male students (3.8%) were more likely than female students (2.5%) to report lifetime heroin use.

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