WHAT IS Herion?
Heroin is a highly addictive, illegal drug that is used by millions of addicts around the world. These addicts are unable to overcome the urge to continue taking this drug every day of their lives. knowing that if they stop, they will face the horror of withdrawal. Heroin (like opium and morphine) is made from the resin of poppy plants. Milky, sap-like opium is first removed from the pod of the poppy flower. This Opium is refined to make morphine, then further refined into different forms of heroin. Most heroin is injected, creating additional risks for the user, who faces the danger of AIDS or other infection on top of the pain of addiction.
“Heroin cut me off from the rest of the world. My parents kicked me out. My friends and my brothers didn’t want to see me anymore. I was all alone.” —Suzanne
Addiction to Herion
Heroin is a potent opiate with an intense effect on the brain reward system.
Heroin rigs this reward system by influencing the production of feel-good chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine and endorphins.
Out of everyone who tries herion for the first time, nearly one in four become addicted.
In normal circumstances, the brain releases these chemicals to reward behavior necessary for survival, like eating and helping people cope with pain.
The brain quickly links heroin to the activation of these chemicals in the brain reward system. Eventually, the user becomes addicted and can’t function without the drug. This, along with the withdrawal symptoms of heroin, makes it hard for users to quit on their own.
Some signs that an addiction has formed include:
- Continuing use despite heroin-related problems
- Trying and failing to quit or cut down use
- Having persistent cravings
- Building a tolerance to brown herion
- Experiencing withdrawal or feeling “junk sick”
Strong indications of addiction include escalated doses of heroin to get high, or starting to inject the drug. Once addicted, what may have once seemed like a cheap way to have fun, becomes a necessary habit to function in day-to-day activities.
How people take heroin
By smoking it
Users heat the heroin on a surface like tin foil and then inhale the smoke .This is sometimes called ‘chasing the dragon’.
By injecting it
Heroin can be dissolved in water and then injected, this is very dangerous and can lead to overdose.
How heroin looks, taste and smells
What does it look like?
Heroin In the UK ranges from brownish white to brown.
Drugs made from opium are called opiates and are often used as painkillers.
What does it taste/smell like?
Heroin can have a vinegary smell but can also be odorless. It normally has a bitter taste.