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Heroin

What is Heroin?

Heroin is an illicit and extremely addictive substance obtained from morphine, a naturally occurring substance found in opium. Generally, it is two to three times more potent. Heroin mainly affects the central nervous system, often providing the user with feelings ranging from euphoria to relief from pain. Pure heroin is a white powder with a bitter taste. Illicit heroin is sold as a white or brownish powder and usually contains additives like sugar and cornstarch among others. It may also contain strychnine or other poisons. Because illicit heroin is rarely pure and dosage is not often calculated, users are generally at risk of overdose or death. Heroin also comes in the form of what is known as "black tar". Often it has the texture of roofing tar, or coal. Heroin may also be referred to as horse, smack, black tar, skag and H. Heroin overdose is very common; it usually results from snorting, smoking or injecting the drug. Heroin is often injected intravenously because it produces a high much quicker than smoking or sniffing it. Although injection of heroin is the most popular method of use it carries far greater risks than other methods of administration due to needle sharing and use of dirty needles. Such use results in transmission of HIV and Hepatitis B.

Actor Josh Brolin Opens Up About His Past Addiction Issues

on Tuesday, 03 June 2014.

Actor Josh Brolin Opens Up About His Past Addiction Issues

Although Josh Brolin was a child actor with a privileged upbringing, he still experienced a dark past that he is able to tap into for his movie roles.

Massachusetts State Senator Markey Addresses Heroin Addiction

on Wednesday, 04 June 2014.

Massachusetts State Senator Markey Addresses Heroin Addiction

Recently, Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts spoke out about the problem of heroin addiction, a deadly disease that is on the rise across the country, including in Massachusetts.

Russell Brand Talks To ‘Oprah Prime’ About Heroin Addiction

on Friday, 06 June 2014.

Russell Brand Talks To ‘Oprah Prime’ About Heroin Addiction

Heroin is one of the most addictive and destructive substances known to man today. Almost instantaneously addictive, heroin is known for not being just a “recreational drug”, but one that gets people hooked in and then destroys their lives.

How A Doctor's Prescription Can Lead To A Heroin Addiction

on Monday, 09 June 2014.

How A Doctor's Prescription Can Lead To A Heroin Addiction

Addictions grow slowly and elusively, and it is hard to spot one growing in someone, at least initially. Then problems begin to start, and get worse, and the addiction starts to take over the life of the addict.

Ibogaine And Its Role In Heroin Addiction Treatment

on Thursday, 12 June 2014.

Ibogaine And Its Role In Heroin Addiction Treatment

Heroin and opiate addiction is one of the most serious and rapidly growing health problems currently facing the United States. Heroin is a very dangerous drug for a number of reasons: it is highly addictive (many experts rank it as the most addictive narcotic), and it is linked to overdose more often than almost any other drug.

 

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