Heroin is a very strong, highly
addictive drug. Heroin is hard to stop taking once
it's in your system. Heroin belongs to a group of pain
relieving drugs called narcotics. Drugs that come from
the juice of a flower called an opium poppy are called
opiates. Heroin is an opiate.
Street names are like nicknames for
drugs. Street names are code names drug users use to
identify illegal drugs. Heroin has many street names
including big H, blacktar, brown sugar, dope,
horse, junk, mud, skag and most common,
smack. After September 11th, heroin was even
called Bin Laden, twin towers and WTC. Some
other interesting street names are Bart Simpson,
Aunt Hazel, birdie powder, Dr. Feelgood, dog food,
hong-yen, lemonade, Mexican mud, old Steve,
pangonadalot and witch hazel.
Most people try heroin for the
first time between 16 and 24 years of age. Heroin can
strengthen the risk of getting AIDS, hepatitis, and
tetanus. It also causes you to feel nauseous. People
take heroin for many reasons. Just after taking it,
you feel pleasure and calmness for about two minutes.
Then you feel very drowsy.
Heroin is taken by eating, smoking,
sniffing and most commonly injected into a
bloodstream. If too much is taken you can die. Addicts
sometimes even share a needle. When germs gets on the
needle it can cause infections. You can also get
infections from sharing needles with an infected
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