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Heroin


DESCRIPTION

Heroin is an analgesic (pain-relieving) depressant that acts on the central nervous system (CNS) slowing down breathing and heart rate.

It is an opiate drug made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed pod of the various opium poppy plants grown in Southeast and Southwest Asia, Mexico, and Colombia. Heroin can be a white, beige or brown powder - most common here in Australia - or can come in a black sticky substance known as ‘black tar’ heroin usually seen in Europe and North America. Heroin enters the brain rapidly and binds to opioid receptors on cells located in many areas, especially those involved in feelings of pain/pleasure and in controlling heart rate, sleeping, and breathing.

 

DURATION OF EFFECTS

Total duration: 4-5 hours*

Onset: 15 seconds

Peak: 30 minutes – 2 hours

Coming down: 6 – 12 hours

Hangover/after effects: 3 - 5 days *Based on injecting heroin. When smoking, takes longer to feel the effects.

 

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MORE INFO

This resource has been made by people who use drugs for their peers & the wider community. The role of DanceWize is to provide credible & non-judgmental info to promote health & harm reduction. In an unregulated (illegal) market you don’t know the purity or dose of any drug and there is always some risk. You can educate yourself and practise harm reduction to reduce risk. Knowledge is power. #JUSTSAYKNOW

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