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About Drugs: Heroin (Diamorphine)

Information
Heroin is from the family of ‘opiates’, which are a group of drugs obtained from the Opium Poppy.  Opiates date back to 6000BC with records indicating their medical use for pain relief.  Heroin was developed as a safer alternative to morphine.

Opium is obtained by making cuts in the seed pod of the poppy and allowing the resin or ‘milk’ to ooze out.  This is then dried for 24 hours from which morphine, and subsequently heroin, is produced.

The main producing countries are Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Thailand and Iran.

Effects
Heroin depresses the nervous system’s activity and can cause coughing, increased heart rate and constipation.  Effects include a feeling of well being, euphoria and drowsiness.  Contracted pupils and injection ‘track’ marks are among the physical indications of use. 

Heroin is highly addictive and users suffer from withdrawal symptoms similar to those of flu.

Method of using
Smoking (chasing the dragon), orally, sniffed, or injected.
Signs of use include paper wraps, syringes/needles and burnt spoons.

Street names
Smack, H, Horse, Gear, Skag, Brown (Brown Sugar).

Dangers
Accidental overdose.  HIV/Hepatitis (shared needles).  Blood infection, abscesses/sores.  Kills sexual drive.

Other opium products include:

Codeine

Methadone

Morphine

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