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  1. Heroin

  2. What is it? • It is an illegal, highly addictive drug • Natural occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of Opium poppy plant • White or brown powder • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aQALyKCu1c

  3. Street names • “H” • Smack • Skag • Junk • Big H • Blacktar • Brown Sugar • Dope • Horse • Mud

  4. Blacktar Heroin • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWY5QWQdrQ4 • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIPcTWKX8UA&feature=related • Synthetic form of heroin that is a black and sticky substance

  5. What category of drug is it? • Opiate

  6. Where did it come from? • Heroin was made in 1898 by the Bayer Company in Germany. • It was originally cough medicine and pain killer. • 20 years later, doctors realized it was an extremely addictive substance. • Harrison Act of 1914 outlawed Heroin in the first of many attempts to control it’s use. • Word Heroin means powerful & heroic

  7. How is Heroin used? • 1. Snorted • 2. Smoked • 3. Injected (IV)

  8. Snorting • Sniffed through nose and absorbed into mucus membranes of nose and throat • Peak effects are felt within 10 to 15 minutes • Not as powerful or does not produce the “Rush”

  9. Smoking • Inhaling the drug into the mouth and lungs from inhaling the fumes • Also known as free-basing • Peak effects are usually felt within 10 to 15 minutes • Does not produce the “rush” as IV use

  10. Injecting (IV Use) • Injecting drug directly into bloodstream by penetrating the veins with a hypodermic needle • Method produces greatest intensity of the drug • Most rapid euphoria (7 to 8 seconds) • Produces the “Rush” that users speak of

  11. Short-term effects • “Rush” • Depressed respiration • Clouded mental functioning • Nausea & vomiting • Suppression of pain • Spontaneous abortion • Drowsiness • Block out pain & Problems • Lack of attention • Loss of appetite • Euphoria

  12. Long-Term Effects of Heroin • Addiction • Infectious disease (HIV/AIDS) • Collapsed Veins • Bacterial Infections • Abscesses • Infection of heart lining & valves

  13. Dope Sickness • Withdrawal symptoms are extremely powerful • Violent vomiting • Convulsions • Cold sweats • Extreme pain

  14. Law or Medical Problem??? • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMMFWPl6ue4

  15. Not-so Fun Facts • Average 84,000 visits to the ER annually in the United States due to Heroin use. • Purity has drastically increased over past 20 years • 75% purity today vs. 46% purity in 1991 • 600k heroin addicts in United States • 400 new addicts per day • 4th leading cause of death for people 25 to 49 years old.

  16. Average first time user? • 21.8 Years old is average age of first-time user.

  17. Drugs Inc. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYiuRyLnZOk