What is Heroin?<br />Heroin is categorised as a class A drug. Heroin is a highly addictive drug. It is one of the most dangerous drugs there are. Generally white in colour and powder like. Known on the street as black tar, Heroin is usually injected and can lead to the worst addictive drug because it can be cut with other drugs such as crack and cocaine. In the western United States, most of the Heroin available is a solid substance that is black in colour. this highly addictive drug is a fast acting opiate. This is a downer drug that affects the brain's ability to feel pain and the brain's pleasure system.<br />
Where does Heroin come from?<br />Heroin comes from many places: China, Mexico, the mountains around the borders of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is made from morphine, a potent substance taken out of the seed pod of poppy plants. Opium poppies grow best in dry, warm climates. They are often grown in these areas by farmers with small plots of land. The sap is collected by the farmer, then it's bought by a merchant or broker who takes the opium to a morphine refinery. <br />The Opium Poppy<br />
Trafficking<br />Mexico<br />Columbia<br />At first, Heroin flowed from countries where it was still legal into countrieswhere it was no longer legal. By the mid-1920’s, Heroin production had beenmade illegal in many parts of the world. Countries like Mexico, Columbia, Laos,Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma are Primary worldwide producers of Heroin. By far the biggest producer is Afghanistan; responsible for three quarters of the world's Heroin production.<br />Laos<br />Iran<br />Pakistan<br />Afghanistan<br />Vietnam<br />Thailand<br />Burma<br />
How do people use it?<br />Injecting:Heroin is injected, snorted, or smoked. Heroin can be injected intravenously (into a vein) or intra-muscularly (into a muscle). Heroin doesn't dissolve easily, so users have to dissolve it in a spoon with water before they can inject it. Addicts will inject any part of their body in their desperate craving for a Heroin hit.<br />Smoking:Heroin is smoked using a method called 'chasing the dragon'. This involves heating up the powder on some foil, and then inhaling the fumes through a small tube. The effect from this is felt very quickly – between two and five minutes after smoking.<br />Snorting:Snorter’s can sniff the powder up their nose, like cocaine users do or. Tar users also add water and drop a $20 note hit or two in. They shake it until it dissolves then squirt the liquid up their nose. It burns and but it still gives them their desired effect.<br />
How it effects users?<br /><ul><li>Heroin overdoses which can result whether the drug is snorted, smoked, or injected can cause slow and shallow breathing, convulsions, coma, and even death. Injecting Heroin into a vein results in an almost immediate effect, as the drug enters the bloodstream and arrives at the brain very rapidly.</li></ul>Long term effects:Short term effects:<br />
The Negative side<br />Heart, blood and circulation– Heroin slows down your circulation and heart rate. Heroin also increases the size of certain blood vessels (making you feel warm).<br />Stomach – It depresses bowel activity, which can result in constipation. Heroin can make you feel sick, and first-time users often vomit. <br />Lungs – Heroin suppresses your cough reflex and slows down your breathing, causing hyperventilation. This can put you at risk of lung disease. An overdose of Heroin can cause respiratory failure and death.<br />Nervous system– At higher doses, sedation takes over and you become drowsy. An excessive dose can produce stupor and coma, and possible death.<br />Sexual organs– Heroin can cause irregular periods in women. In both men and women, it can make you lose interest in sex, and it affects your sexual performance.<br />
Statistics and Facts<br /><ul><li>3.8 million people (1.5 percent of the population above 12) say they have tried heroin at least once in their lifetimes.
The rate of heroin lifetime heroin use is higher among those in prison (23.4 percent for State and 17.9 percent for Federal).
Approximately 3.1 million (1.4 %) Americans age 12 or older had tried heroin at least once in their lifetime</li></li></ul><li>HEROIN & THE CONSEQUENCES<br />AND YOU THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE FUN!!!<br />Skin Care - by HeroinOnly 5 years to achieve this look.<br />Too many needles – the veins couldn’t cope.<br />Another Before & AfterBefore was 1998 - After was 2002<br />Stone Dead - John Courtney 21 years old. Friend of singer Cheryl Cole.<br />Stone Dead - Rachel Whitear 21 years oldsuffered severe allergic reaction to Heroin.<br />