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Drug Information

This section of our website contains health and safety information pertaining to some of the more commonly used recreational drugs. The first page in each drug section presents simple, basic facts explaining what the drug is, its effects, the main risks of using it, and the most important health and safety information for reducing the risks and harms associated with it.

          Cannabis               Cocaine                 Ecstasy                 Meth

          Ketamine               Steriods                GHB                     Mushrooms

          
Nitrous Oxide        LSD                      2C-B                     Herion

          
Oxycontin             Alcohol                 Tobacco               Inhalants

  

HEROIN

WHAT IS HEROIN?

  

  • Heroin ("smack", "junk", "dope") is made from the opium poppy. It belongs to a class of drugs known as opiates, along with opium and morphine.
  • Heroin can come in a white or brownish powder (sometimes grainy) or a dark brown substance (sometimes sticky) known as tar.
  • Heroin bought on the street almost always contains "cuts" (adulterants), and is rarely pure. Because Heroin has a street value of its own, it is not used as a "cut" for Ecstasy pills.


What are the Risks?

  

  • Addiction is a high risk of heroin use, whether you are snorting, "chasing", or injecting.
  • Because purity and individual tolerance vary, overdose is a risk.
  • Sharing injection equipment runs the risk of HIV and Hepatitus infection.
  • Heroin injectors also run the risk of bacterial infection.
  • Possession and sale of heroin can carry stiff penalties including incarceration and loss of student aid.


What are the effects?

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  • Heroin users often report feelings of warmth, well being, euphoria, and contentment.
  • Since opiates are painkillers, heroin can reduce or eliminate pain. It can also lead to unconsciousness.
  • Negative side effects include nausea, vomiting, constipation, itchiness, and slowed breathing.