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Heroin Fact Sheet
Heroin is a narcotic drug, is white in its pure form, but street varieties may be off-white to dark brown. Heroin is typically injected, but may also be smoked.
It produces a detached state in the user, and causes constricted pupils, drowsiness, and apathy. This drug is very physiologically addictive, and heroin addicts deprived of the drug will have watery eyes, runny nose, perspiration, and after 48 to 72 hours will experience vomiting, tremors, and severe stomach cramps. Withdrawal may even result in death.
This drug has become more popular in the 1990's. More of it is being smuggled into the U.S. so the price is considerable lower now than in the past. Plus, many cocaine users are switching to heroin because of its cost. Some addicts are taking cocaine and heroin together ("speedballing") which has resulted in many deaths (Actor's John Belushi and River Phoenix, i.e.).
Street names include: a piece, hard stuff, smack, junk, black tar, and doojee.
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