About Heroin
Heroin is a highly addictive drug derived from morphine. It is a central nervous system depressant.
Use
Can be injected into a vein, muscle, smoked in a pipe or water pipe, mixed in a cigarette or marijuana joint and smoked, inhaled as smoke through a straw, snorted as powder through a straw.
Street names
Big H, Black Tar, Brown Sugar, Dope
Risks
Users go into a period called "on the nod" — or alternating periods of wakefulness and drowsy. Slurred speech, droopy eyelids, slowed gait, impaired night vision, nausea, vomiting, constipation. Long term use can result in collapsed veins, infections in the heart, liver disease, death. Tolerance occurs and users need more to get high.
Warning
HIV is often contracted by heroin users through sharing of needles.