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Heroin is a white or brown powder or a black, sticky goo. It's made from morphine, a natural substance in the seedpod of the Asian poppy plant. It can be mixed with water and injected with a needle. Heroin can also be smoked or snorted up the nose. All of these ways of taking heroin send it to the brain very quickly. This makes it very addictive.

Major health problems from heroin include miscarriages, heart infections, and death from overdose. People who inject the drug also risk getting infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

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  1. Heroin (National Library of Medicine)  
    Heroin is a white or brown powder or a black, sticky goo. It's made from morphine, a ... mixed with water and injected with a needle. Heroin can also be smoked or snorted up the ...
  2. Heroin From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Drug Abuse)  
    ... Read Web site Citation Site Map Drug Facts Heroin Home / Drug Facts / Heroin Print What Is Heroin? Also known as: “Smack,” “Junk,” “H,” “Black tar,” “ ... nonmedical-pain-reliever-use-2013.htm . How Is Heroin Used? Heroin is mixed with water and injected ...
  3. Heroin From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Drug Abuse)  
    ... 2013 Prescription Opioid Abuse: A First Step to Heroin Use? Prescription opioid pain medications such as Oxycontin ... use heroin become dependent on it. How Is Heroin Used? Heroin can be injected, inhaled by snorting ...
  4. Heroin - Changes In How It Is Used: 1995-2005 (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)  
    April 26, 2007 Heroin—Changes In How It Is Used: 1995-2005 In Brief The proportion of primary heroin admissions who injected the ... 379,000 Americans aged 12 or older used heroin in 2005, including 108,000 who used the ...
  5. Heroin and Pregnancy (March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation)  
    ... this page It's been added to your dashboard . Heroin and pregnancy Heroin (also called smack or junk) ... harm to your baby during pregnancy. Can using heroin harm your health? Yes. Heroin affects your central ...
  6. Heroin (Smack, Junk) Facts From the National Institutes of Health Easy-to-Read (National Institute on Drug Abuse)  
    Listen to this page Heroin (Smack, Junk) Facts Heroin is a white or brown powder or a black, sticky goo. It can be mixed with ... H Black tar Horse En español "I needed heroin just to get by." Deon was addicted to ...
  7. Abuse of Prescription Pain Medications Risks Heroin Use From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Drug Abuse)  
    ... Heroin Use Abuse of Prescription Pain Medications Risks Heroin Use Email Facebook Twitter NIDA recently challenged the ... References for Abuse of Prescription Pain Medications Risks Heroin Use The authors conducted an independent analysis of ...
  8. ... ET Contact: CDC Media Relations (404) 639-3286 Heroin overdose deaths increased in many states through 2012 ... as many people died from prescription opioid overdoses Heroin deaths increased sharply in many states, according to ...
  9. Heroin (Drug Enforcement Administration)  
    ... Visitors' Center DEA Red Ribbon Week Patch Program Heroin Last Updated: Monday, August 11, 2014 Print Share ... from morphine and extracted from certain poppy plants. Heroin comes in a white or brownish powder, or ...
  10. Heroin (National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign)  
    ... Prescription Drugs Rohypnol Salvia Spice Steroids Tobacco & Nicotine Heroin Heroin is a highly addictive drug. And overdose is ... China white, Mexican black tar What is it? Heroin is an opiate, a class of drugs that ...
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