Heroin Addiction and Its Effects

Topics: Heroin, Addiction, Drug addiction Pages: 3 (712 words) Published: February 8, 2011
Heroin

By paul brady

INDEX

* INTRODUCTION

* HEROIN

* WHAT ARE ITS SHORT-TERM EFFECTS?

* WHAT ARE ITS LONG-TERM EFFECTS?

* CONCLUSION

* BIBLIOGRAPHY

INTRODUCTION
The aim of this assignment is to explain about the drug Heroin, its addiction, describing its short and long term effects. Which are illustrated in diagrams below and to give a better understanding of the drug. This topic of discussion has taken an interest as Heroin addiction is on the rise in Longford and it has led to the fatality of one person of whom I went to school with due to a Heroin overdose. Heroin

Heroin is a highly addictive drug which comes from morphine, which is obtained from the opium poppy. It is a “downer” or depressant that affects the brain’s pleasure systems and interferes with the brain’s ability to perceive pain. It looks like a white to dark brown powder or tar-like substance. Some of the street names or slang terms used are H ,Brown, Dope, Skag, Smac. It can be used many different ways, depending on the person’s preference and the purity of the drug. Heroin can be injected into a vein (mainlining), injected into a muscle, smoked in a water pipe or standard pipe, mixed in a marijuana joint or regular cigarette, inhaled as smoke through a straw, known as “chasing the dragon,” snorted as powder via the nose.

What are its short-term effects?
The short-term effects of heroin abuse appear soon after a single dose and disappear in a few hours. After an injection of heroin, the user reports feeling a surge of euphoria (“rush”) accompanied by a warm flushing of the skin, a dry mouth, and heavy extremities. Following this initial euphoria, the user goes “on the nod,” an alternately wakeful and drowsy state. Mental functioning becomes clouded due to the depression of the central nervous system. Other effects included slowed and slurred speech, slow gait, constricted pupils, droopy eyelids, impaired night vision, vomiting,...
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