What is Heroin?
What is Heroin?Heroin, also known as diamorphine among other names, is an opiate typically used as a recreational drug for its euphoric effects. Medically it is occasionally used to relieve pain and as a form of opioid replacement therapy alongside counseling.
Drug class? Diamorphine-Class 3
Illegal or Legal? Ilegal in the streets but also used as a medication
Slangs? Dragon,Dope and junk
What type of drug is it? Synthetic
Drug schedule Heroin (diacetylmorphine)
What does it look like? In its purest form, heroin is a fine white powder. But more often, it is found to be rose gray, brown or black in color. The coloring comes from additives which have been used to dilute it, which can include sugar, caffeine or other substances.
How is it used? Highly pure heroin can be snorted or smoked and may be more appealing to new users because it eliminates the stigma associated with injection drug use.
Where was it first used? It showed up in the late 1960’s, nor are its negative effects unique to modern times.
What is it used for? Relive stress, Memory lost and Entertainment
Is it addictive? Many people experiment with heroin thinking, “I'll try it once or twice. I can always stop.” But those who start down that road find it nearly impossible to turn back.
Effects? Once heroin enters the brain, it is converted to morphine and binds quickly to pain-relieving drug receptors.11 Abusers usually report feeling a sudden rush of pleasant-feeling feeling--a "rush." The strength of the rush is a function of how much drug is taken and how quickly the drug enters the brain and binds to the pain-relieving drug receptors.
Long term effects? The effects on the body from continued use of this drug are very destructive. Frequent injections can cause collapsed veins and can lead to infections of the blood vessels and heart valves. Tuberculosis can result from the general poor condition of the body. Arthritis is another long-term result of heroin addiction.
What part of the brain does it damage? The effect heroin has on the brain was not well understood until 1972, when a group of researchers from Johns Hopkins University revealed that the human brain possesses specific protein receptor sites for opiates, including codeine, opium, morphine and even heroin.
Story of someone who was on this drug? A friend used this drug, I would see him feel energy and start running around with a rush in the body after a while of him using this drug his body started looking like it was aging. Also he whent crazy after a while of use of this drug and was sent to rehab.
Negative viewpoint of drugs? Drugs are chemicals. Different drugs, because of their chemical structures, can affect the body in different ways. In fact, some drugs can even change a person's body and brain in ways that last long after the person has stopped taking drugs, maybe even permanently.
Things we can do to stop this abuse of drugs would to stop production of it, Most of these drugs are sold in pharmacy's, some do need a doctors notice but theirs always a way around that. Community's are also affected by these individuals because it can then be shared among others.