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Frequently asked questions

What exactly is heroin?

Heroin is an opioid drug manufactured from morphine, a naturally occurring chemical found in the seed pods of several opium poppy plants. Heroin can come in the form of a white or brown powder, as well as a black sticky material is known as black tar heroin.

What are the common ways of using heroin?

People use heroin by injecting, sniffing, snorting, or smoking it. Speedballing is a practice in which people mix heroin and crack cocaine.

How does heroin work?

Heroin enters the brain quickly and attaches to opioid receptors on cells throughout the brain, particularly those involved in pain and pleasure, as well as heart rate, sleep, and breathing regulation.

When was heroin created?

Heroin itself was first made in 1874 by processing morphine.

What are the potential long-term negative effects of heroin use?

Sugar, starch, or powdered milk are common additives in heroin that can clog blood arteries or veins leading to the lungs, liver, kidneys, or brain, causing irreversible damage like collapsed blood vessels, infection of the heart lining and valves, abscesses and lung complications. Sharing drug injection equipment and being impaired by heroin use can further raise the risk of developing infectious diseases like HIV and hepatitis.

What are the signs and symptoms of heroin withdrawal?

Strong muscular and bone pain, sleep problems, diarrhoea and vomiting, and severe heroin cravings are all withdrawal symptoms.

What’s the risk of overdosing on heroin?

According to the World Health Organisation, nonfatal heroin overdoses are more common than fatal overdoses. Some people who deal with heroin addiction, such as those who inject the substance and those who are depressed, are at a higher risk of overdosing, according to the worldwide medical association.

Is it possible to treat heroin addiction with medication?

There are medications available to treat heroin addiction while also reducing drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms, increasing the chances of abstinence.
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