HeroinNarcotics (Opioids) Heroin
What are they?
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.
Big H, Black Tar, Chiva, Hell Dust, Horse, Negra, Smack, Thunder,
How are they abused?
Injected, smoked, or sniffed/snorted. High purity heroin is usually snorted or smoked.
What is their effect on the body?
Highly addictive.Initial surge of euphoria or “rush,” followed by a twilight state of sleep and wakefulnessPhysical symptoms of use include: drowsiness, respiratory depression, constricted pupils, nausea, a warm flushing of the skin, dry mouth, and heavy extremities.Overdose symptoms: slow and shallow breathing, blue lips and fingernails, clammy skin, convulsions, coma, and possible death.