Heroin is an opiate and is either snorted or injected. It is a depressant to the central nervous system. After a brief period of euphoria there is a crash followed by a desperate need to use again. Heroin is a highly addictive drug and the cycle of dependency develops rapidly.
Side effects may include some or all of the following:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Watery eyes and runny nose
- Weight loss
- Slow and shallow breathing
Warning: Heroin use can cause hepatitis.
Warning: Intravenous drug users are at a very high risk of contracting and spreading the HIV virus which causes AIDS.
Warning: The use of heroin can cause death from an overdose when combined with barbiturates or other “downer drugs.”