Addiction Spotlight

All About Heroin

All About Heroin

Today, we’re exploring all about heroin, from what it is to signs someone is using and the short- and long-term effects.

Addiction Spotlight: All About Heroin

Drug Overview

Type of drug: opioid made from morphine

Consumption methods: Heroin that is cut with sugars, starch, powdered milk, or quinine is liquified and injected using a syringe. Highly pure heroin can be snorted or smoked, although this is a less available product.

How it’s obtained: Users buy heroin from a drug dealer.

Signs of use: There are many behaviors that point to heroin use including:

  • Needle marks
  • Constricted pupils
  • Drug paraphernalia including syringes; spoons, cotton balls, and a lighter where you wouldn’t expect to find them; and a belt or shoelace

Short-Term Effects

During a high, the user might experience:

  • Euphoric rush
  • Warm flushing of the skin
  • Constricted pupils
  • Dry mouth
  • Severe itching
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Coming down from a high, the user might exhibit:

  • Lethargy for long periods of time
  • A sudden drop in energy
  • Slowed heart function
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Unclear thinking
  • Sleeping at unusual times

Long-Term Effects

Physical: The euphoric high from heroin use makes it a highly addictive drug, so addiction is a very real possibility. Like when taking any drug, illegal or prescription without a doctor’s supervision, users can overdose on heroin, which may lead to death.

Over time, they might lose weight because their need to get high is greater than their need to eat. Like with many drugs,

Psychological: Over time, the user may act completely differently. They may become distant, experience mood swings, and suffer from depression or anxiety. Their academic or professional performance may decline, causing them to drop out of school or lose their job.

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