Other names: Smack, Brown, H, Skag, Horse
Heroin is a downer (depressant) and has a strong pain killing effect. It is usually a brown powder but when it is pure it is a white powder which can be smoked or injected (THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS AND RISKY!).
If you use Heroin for the first time it can cause dizziness and make you sick. Small amounts of heroin can make you feel happy, warm and content. Larger amounts of heroin can make you fell relaxed and very sleepy.
Not everyone who takes heroin gets addicted the first time they take it. The more often you use it the more your body becomes used to it so you don't feel the effects as much. This makes you take more of the drug to feel 'normal' and to feel the effects and you can become addicted to it. If you are addicted to heroin then you can get cravings and feel ill if you don't have any.
Risks and Dangers
One of the main risks of using heroin is overdose. Overdoses can lead to you falling into a coma and it can even cause death. If you take heroin with other drugs it can increase the chances of overdose.
If girls are using heroin it can stop them from having periods which can cause problems for pregnancy.
If you are injecting heroin then it can cause a lot of damage to your veins and can cause infections. These infections can lead to gangrene (the skin going green and smelly and body tissue rotting) in some cases people have lost arms and legs.
Remember if Heroin is injected you should NEVER share needles or equipment as you are at risk of HIV and Hepatitis.
Heroin is a Class A illegal drug (see The Law page).
If you are caught with heroin on you then you will be arrested and you can get up to 7 years in prison. If you are caught giving it to friends or selling it then you get be sent to prison for life and/or be fined.
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