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Substance Profile: Heroin

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Heroin is a highly addictive opiate. It is a derivative of morphine and acts as a depressant. Heroin varies in appearance depending on type. It comes in white and brown powder forms and as a brown, tar-like paste. It can be smoked, injected, or snorted.

Heroin produces an intense high that initially lasts a few hours, though heavy users may build up tolerance to the drug such that the high lasts only minutes. After the initial high, a period of sleepiness and slow mental functioning sets in. With short-term use, heroin causes vomiting, constipation, and slurred speech. Long-term use causes collapsed veins, cardiac infections, abscesses, and liver problems. Heroin users are also at increased risk of communicable diseases when they share needles.

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