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PAIN

LLER KI

• Heroin is a painkilling drug made from

• Heroin is a strong painkiller... often

is usually brownish-white

• When taken in small doses heroin can give

morphine... which is derived from the opium poppy

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EFFECTS

THE FACTS

• It is a white powder when pure... street heroin • It might be snorted, smoked or injected • Taking large amounts of heroin can lead to overdose, coma and even death

prescribed to terminally ill cancer patients

• First-time users often experience side-effects such as dizziness and vomiting users a feeling of warmth or well-being

• High doses could lead to drowsiness and sedation

RISKS

• Heroin is extremely addictive... withdrawal is famously hard... this is called 'going cold turkey' • Tolerance quickly develops... this means that the user needs more heroin to get the same effects • Those who might start by smoking or snorting heroin sometimes switch to injecting to maximise the

'high'... and sharing needles puts users at risk of dangerous infections like HIV

• Overdose is a real risk... it could result in coma and even death • Heroin is not instantly addictive but over time users have to take more and more just to feel ‘normal’

...SMACK / H / HENRY / BROWN / JUNK / 46

SIGNS

• under the influence

semi-conscious... very small pupils... nausea and vomiting... sitting around... slavering... itching nose

• behaviour changes

withdraws from friends ... stays with other users... petty crime... asking for money... selling belongings... stealing from family... lack of self-care

• paraphernalia

small pieces of burnt foil... burnt tin cans or metal dish objects... syringes or needle marks in skin - very hazardous so seek professional help!

SKAG / SHIT / STASH / GEAR / HORSE / JACK... 47

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