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Heroin is as a derivative of the Asian Poppy plant and is classified as a depressant or opioid. The milky opium is refined into morphine and then again into heroin. There are two main types of heroin found in the United States, black tar & powder.

Most heroin is injected but can be snorted, or smoked as well.

Other names for heroin include: H, Junk, Skag, Horse & Smack.

Heroin is very addictive and withdrawal can be very painful.

Short-term Effects:

Euphoria, slowed breathing & heart rate, decreased mental functioning, sedation, sleepiness, lowered body temperature, coma or death.

Long-term Effects:

dental issues, constipation, cold sweats, itching, lowered immune system, respiratory illness weak muscles, partial paralysis, sexual malfunctions, menstruation disturbances, memory loss, depression, loss of appetite &

The complications resulting from injection drug use are very real for any drug and below are some examples of abscesses, collapsed veins & tissue damage. Also a very real risk of infectious diseases such as HIV & Hepatitis C.