Heroin is an opiate (narcotic) drug processed from morphine and extracted from certain poppy plants. Heroin comes in a white or brownish powder, or a black sticky substance known as "black tar heroin." Often "cut" with other drugs or substances such as sugar or powdered milk. User is unaware how much actual heroin is being used, creating likelihood of overdose.
Street Names: Big H, Black Tar, Chiva, Hell Dust, Horse, Negra, Smack, Thunder
Heroin is injecte, smoked, or sniffed/snorted. High purity heroin is usually snorted or smoked.
Heroin affects the body in many ways.
1) Highly addictive
2) Initial surge of euphoria or "rush" followed by a twilight state of sleep and wakefulness.
3. Physical symptoms of use include drowsiness, respiratory depression, constricted pupils, nausea, a warm flushing of the skin, dry mouth, and heavy extremities.
4. Overdose symptoms slow and shallow breathing, blue lips and fingernails, clammy skin, convulsions, coma, and possible death.