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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. Pain Relievers (National Library of Medicine)  
    Pain relievers are medicines that reduce or relieve headaches, sore muscles, arthritis, or other aches and pains. There ... also have a slightly different response to a pain reliever. Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are good for ...
  3. Nonmedical Use of Prescription Pain Relievers May Raise the Risk of Turning to Heroin Use (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)  
    ... Telephone: 240-276-2130 Nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers may raise the risk of turning to heroin use Report shows rise in the overall use ...
  4. State Estimates of Nonmedical Use of Prescription Pain Relievers (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)  
    ... 2013 State Estimates of Nonmedical Use of Prescription Pain Relievers In Brief Combined 2010 and 2011 data indicate ... concern, with approximately 22 million persons initiating nonmedical pain reliever use since 2002. 2 Data on geographic variation ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. Methadone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain that has not been relieved by non-narcotic pain relievers. It also is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. ... Bookmarks Prescription Painkiller Overdoses Use and Abuse of Methadone as a Painkiller July 2012 1 in 3 ... oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone. Issue Details Problem Methadone use poses risks Methadone is frequently prescribed for ...
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