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Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of certain varieties of poppy plants and has both short-term and long-term effects.  Whether injected, snorted or smoked heroin will begin to affect the body’s central nervous system almost immediately after it is used. Heroin users have an increased risk of hepatitis; kidney disease; skin infections and abscesses and infection of the heart lining and valves.  In addition to the risk of contracting the hepatitis virus, there is also a high risk of catching human immunodeficiency virus (H.I.V.) and other blood-borne viruses.

Street names: H, Scag, Smack, Brown, Gear

The most serious health effect of heroin use is the possibility of death due to accidental overdose.  Heroin can be cut (mixed with other ingredients) many times before it reaches street-level users. Those using the drug never know how potent or pure heroin is until they use it.  Because of the unknown strength and actual contents of the heroin they are taking users are at a great risk of overdose and death. Heroin users develop a tolerance for the drug requiring them to use increasingly larger amounts to feel normal.

When people addicted to heroin try to stop using they can experience extreme withdrawal symptoms.  The symptoms can include:
  • Extreme craving for the drug
  • Irritability and restlessness
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea
If someone is using heroin it is likely that a heroin rehab centre will be needed. We at are able to help you choose the right rehab for your individual needs.

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