Slang - smack,
horse, mud, junk, brown sugar, black tar
Get the facts.
Heroin affects your brain. Heroin
enters the brain quickly. It slows down the way you think, slows down reaction
time and slows down memory. This affects the way you act and make
Heroin affects your body. Heroin
poses special problems for those who inject it because of the risk of HIV, hepatitis
B and C and other diseases that can occur from sharing needles. These health
problems can be passed on to sexual partners and newborns.
Heroin is super addictive. Heroin
is highly addictive because it enters the brain so rapidly.
It particularly affects
those regions of the brain responsible for producing physical dependence.
Heroin is not what it may seem. Despite
the glamorization of "heroin chic" in films, fashion and music, heroin
use can have tragic consequences that extend far beyond its users. Fetal
HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, violence and crime are all linked to its use.