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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 You are here Home / Drug Facts Print What Is Heroin? Heroin is an opioid drug that is made ... heroin.” What Are the Common Street Names for Heroin? Heroin may be called “Smack,” “Junk,” “H,” “Black ...
  3. Heroin From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Drug Abuse)  
    ... Strategic Plan Print Home » Publications » DrugFacts » Heroin DrugFacts: Heroin Email Facebook Twitter Revised April 2013 Prescription Opioid Abuse: A First Step to Heroin Use? Prescription opioid pain medications such as Oxycontin ...
  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. Nonmedical Use of Prescription Pain Relievers May Raise the Risk of Turning to Heroin Use (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)  
    ... relievers may raise the risk of turning to heroin use Report shows rise in the overall use of heroin as well as shifts in initiation patterns A ... were 19 times more likely to have initiated heroin use recently (within the past 12 months of ...
  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. 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 ...
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  10. Characteristics of Adolescent Heroin Admissions (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)  
    ... web browser. December 3, 2009 Characteristics of Adolescent Heroin Admissions In Brief In 2007, there were just ... 1,600 adolescent substance abuse treatment admissions for heroin abuse On average, adolescent heroin admissions were 14. ...
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