What Is Heroin?
Heroin is an opioid, and like all opioids derived from the Poppy flower. It’s mostly manufactured in Mexico, Columbia, and parts of Asia. It comes from the opium of the poppy plant. The opium is refined into morphine, which is then further refined into heroin. Heroin is typically 10 times more potent than morphine.
Heroin comes in a variety of forms, but is typically in a fine white powder form. It can also appear in a black tarry form. Heroin is typically injected directly into the bloodstream. However, it can also be smoked, or snorted.
The high from heroin produces an intense euphoric rush. Users often report feeling untouchable, overcome with pleasure, and a warm “blanket” type of feeling. After the rush users become drowsy. The high from heroin usually lasts between 3 to 6 hours.
Heroin is very dangerous because it is also a central nervous system depressant. This means side effects slow breathing, reaction time, and heart rate. When too much is ingested, the body begins to shut down. Once this happens it is often times deadly to the user. Since heroin is not regulated, users can never know the strength of the heroin they are using. This increases risk of overdose and death.