What is it?
An opiate (narcotic) drug processed from morphine and extracted from certain poppy plants. Heroin comes in a white or brownish powder, or a black sticky substance known as “black tar heroin.” Often “cut” with other drugs or substances such as sugar or powdered milk. User is unaware how much actual heroin is being used, creating likelihood of overdose.
Big H, Black Tar, Chiva, Hell Dust, Horse, Negra, Smack, Thunder
How it is Taken
Injected, smoked, or sniffed/snorted. High purity heroin is usually snorted or smoked.
How does it affect the body?
- Highly addictive
- Initial surge of euphoria or “rush,” followed by a twilight state of sleep and wakefulness
- Physical symptoms of use include: drowsiness, respiratory depression, constricted pupils, nausea, a warm flushing of the skin, dry mouth, and heavy extremities
- Overdose symptoms: slow and shallow breathing, blue lips and fingernails, clammy skin, convulsions, coma, and possible death
FACT SHEET: Read More about Heroin (pdf)
Tips for Teens: The Truth About Heroin (SAMHSA publication)