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HEROIN


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Heroin:

Heroin is sometimes used by clubbers to chill and wind down after a big night or commonly used to ‘come down’ after smoking crack

Heroin is a natural opiate made from morphine which is extracted from the opium poppy.

Like many drugs made from opium heroin is a sedative type drug and a very strong painkiller


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The effects:

· Heroin slows down the body from functioning and reduces physical and psychological pain · Most users get a rush or buzz a few minutes after taking it.

· A small dose of heroin gives the user a feeling of warmth and well-being.

· Bigger doses can make users sleepy and very relaxed like being wrapped in cotton wool

· The first dose of heroin can bring about dizziness and Getting sick


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Dependency:

Heroin is highly addictive. Over time, effects of heroin on the brain cause 'craving' and a strong psychological desire (addiction) to keep on using. Also tolerance builds and the desired effects reduce so much that users have to take more just to get the same effects and even more just to feel 'normal'

Substitutes: Drugs have been developed to help treat heroin addiction. These include opiate substitutes for heroin like methadone and subutex (ref: dr sham, bunbury rd. clinic)


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Appearance:

Heroin comes as a white powder when it's pure In the streets because of how its been cut and whats been used to mix it with, it can be a brown colour It can either be smoked or dissolved in water and injected or, if high purity, it can be snorted.

(Heroin, brown)


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The risks:

The most cases of death occurring is actually after the period of being off the drug because the body's tolerance for the drug starts to go down.

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Overdoses can lead to coma and even death from respiratory failure (i.e. when breathing stops).

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If heroin is taken with other drugs, including alcohol, theres more likely a chance of overdose

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There's also a risk of death due to suckin in vomit as heroin stops the body's cough reflex working properly.

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Injecting heroin can damage your veins and has been known to lead to gangrene and tissue infections.

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The risks of sharing needles and other works to inject are well-known, putting you in danger of infections like hepatitis B or C and HIV/AIDS.


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References:

1. Frank 2. Casa Palmera (clinic) 3. Dr sham (doctor at bunbury rd clinic) 4. Nhs


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