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Heroin comes from the opium poppy. In its purest form, heroin is a fine white powder. When it is sold on the street it is usually "cut" (mixed) with something to increase its weight and effects. Street heroin is often brown and lumpy.
Heroin is a depressant drug. It slows down a person's brain and cantral nervous system. The high from heroin can last up to 5 hours.
Short Term Effects
Strong feelings of relaxation and pleasure or euphoria
Heavy feeling in arms and legs
Possible nausea, vomiting, or severe itching
Slower breathing and heart rate
Less or no pain
Long Term Effects
People who share needles to inject heroin are at high risk of getting diseases such as:
Hepatitis C (liver disease)
HIV and other blood borne diseases
Infection of the heart lining and valves
Skin infections and abscesses
Lung or kidney disease
Cold sweats and chills
Anxiety and depression
Pain in muscles and bones
Vomiting and diarrhoea
Doctors will sometimes prescribe methadone or other treatments to help someone through the effects of withdrawal from heroin.