Heroin is a drug made from morphine which is extracted from the opium poppy. Historically, opium was used to treat pain, sleeplessness and diarrhoea. Heroin is used by tens of thousands of people in the UK each year and is highly addictive.
Heroin can be injected, smoked or sniffed. A small dose of heroin gives the user a feeling of warmth and wellbeing while bigger doses can make you sleepy and relaxed. The effects of heroin can last for a number of hours.
Negative Side Effects of Heroin
- Slowed Breathing
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Clouded mental functioning
Risks of Heroin
- Respiratory failure leading to coma or death
- Bad teeth and guns
- Muscular Weakness
- Loss of memory or intellectual performance
- Menstrual disturbance (in women) Hepatitis B,
- Hepatitis C or HIV (for those who inject)