What is Heroin - an Opiate Drug
Heroin is without a doubt, the absolute worst
drug in the world and is the most addictive drug
amongst its class of illegal drugs. There is no
other drug like heroin.
Heroin is a highly addictive and rapidly acting
opiate, (a drug that is derived from opium). It
is produced from morphine, which is the main
component of opium.
Opium is a naturally occurring substance
that is extracted from the seedpod of
the Asian opium poppy plant.
What heroin looks
The appearance of
heroin varies. Heroin is normally sold
as a powder that is white (or off-white)
in color. White powder.
The purer the heroin the whiter the
color. However, variations in color
result from the presence of impurities
such as when heroin comes in light
shades of grey as well as beige powder.
Again, heroin, when pure, comes as a
white powder but usually contains other
substances as well, such as glucose,
talcum powder, brick dust and other
When heroin is impure it can also come
as a brown powder and sometimes contains
caffeine. Most street heroin is "cut"
with other drugs or substances such as
sugar, starch, powdered milk, or
quinine. Street heroin can also be cut
with strychnine, bleach or other
poisons. However, purer heroin has
become more common and more available
today than ever before.
A $20 "dope bag", or single dose of
heroin, may contain 50 milligrams of
powdered heroin and normally comes in
small balloons, baggies, pill caps or
white sealed bags with an image brand
stamped on the baggies.
Heroin is produced primarily in
Mexico. It is one of the most prevalent
forms of heroin in the western United
States, while also found in western
Canada and Europe. Mexican heroin has a
hashish-like, non- powdery consistency
(though it can also appear as a dark
brown or dark orange powder), which
distinguishes itself from other forms of
The largest producers of heroin in
general are Pakistan, Afghanistan,
Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Mexico
Heroin, also called dope, is
known by many different names as well.
Street Terms for Heroin are:
Antifreeze, Aries, Aunt
Hazel, Balloon, Ballot, Big
Bag, Big H, Big Harry, Black,
Black Tar, BTH, Black pearl,
Black stuff, Blanco, Bombs away, Bonita, Boy,
Bozo, Brick gum, Brother, Brown,
Brown crystal, Brown rhine, Brown sugar, Bundle,
Butu, Caballo, Caca, Caps,
Capital H, Carga, Carne, Charley,
Chiba, Chicle, China cat, China
white, Chinese red, Chick, Chip, Chiva,
Cotics, Crap/crop, Crown crap, La Cura,
the Cure, Dead on arrival, Diesel,
D, Dirt, Dog food, Doggie,
Doogie/doojee/dugie, Dooley, Dope,
Dreck, Duji, Dyno, Dyno-pure, Eighth, Estuffa,
Ferry dust, Galloping horse, Gamot, Gato,
Gear, George smack, Glacines,
Golden girl, Golpe, Goma, Good and plenty, Good
H, H, H Caps,
Hache, Hairy, Hard candy, Hard
stuff, Harry, Harry Jones,
Hazel, Heavy Stuff, Heaven dust, Harowin,
Helen, Hell dust, Henry, Hero, Heroin,
Heron, Hessle, Him, Hombre,
Horse, Hot dope, Hot heroin,
HRN, Isda, Jee gee, Jive, Jive doo jee, Jojee,
Jones, Joy flakes, Junk, Judas, Kabayo, Karachi,
Load, Manteca, Material,
Matsakow, Mexican horse, Mexican mud, Mexican
Brownstone, Morotgara, Mud, Muzzle, Nanoo, New
Jack Swing, Nice and easy, Nickel deck, Noise,
Nose, Number 4, Number 8, Ogoy, Old Steve,
Opium, OP, P-dope, Pangonadalot,
Peg, Perfect High, Poison, Polvo,
Poppy, Powder, Pulborn, Pure,
Rainbows, Rambo, Red chicken,
Red eagle, Reindeer dust,
Rhine, Sack, Salt, Scag, Scat, Scate, Scott
Schmack, Smack, Schmeck, Skid,
Sleeper, Slime, Spider blue, Stamps, Stuff,
Sweet Jesus, Tar, Taste, Tecate,
The beast, The witch, Tic,
Tootsie roll, Thunder, Train, White, White junk,
White boy, White horse, White nurse, White lady,
White stuff, Witch hazel and most likely many
How heroin is consumed
Heroin is snorted/sniffed,
smoked/inhaled and/or injected intravenously.
And back in the old school days, almost all
heroin users started off snorting heroin and
swore that they would never shoot up. Back then,
shooting up was rock bottom and for real junkies
only. It was rare to see pretty girls shooting
up or using heroin at all. Then
inhaling/smoking, or what they call 'chasing the
dragon' came on the scene and those users said
the same thing; “I will never shoot up”.
As a teenager, I said the same thing, "I would
never shoot up"...
But sure enough, within a few years of snorting
heroin I started shooting up. I graduated from
snorting to sticking needles in my arm within a
few short years. Most heroin addicts have their
friends shoot them up at first and then in time,
learn how to prepare the syringe and shoot
snorting/sniffing heroin, the user will
normally empty the entire $20 heroin bag
on a small flat surface, CD cover,
mirror, or in a dollar bill. Then
they'll form a line or pile with the
heroin and snort it with a rolled up
dollar bill, straw or take small passes
with a key.
||If there is no paraphernalia
available at the moment, the user may empty the
bag on his fist near the beginning of the thumb
and then lean in, close the other nostril and
snort it all up at once.
The user will then
snort hard to take down every last bit
of heroin within her nostrils as if she
was trying to swallow her own mucus.
So when you hear someone
snorting/sniffing that hard as if they
wanted to swallow their own mucus, then
chances are, they're making sure all of
the heroin goes down their throat, or
they're snorting cocaine, or they're
just simply gross and don’t mind the
taste of swallowing their own mucus.
And of course, the individual may have a
cold and have some flem stuck in their
throat and be sick as well. The former
statement is in relation to drug use and
When snorting heroin, peak high comes
within 4-7 minutes of snorting the
heroin powder and then peace and
sedation begins while all of their
problems seem to vanish away.
Most users who snort heroin
later graduate to shooting up because as their
bodies become conditioned to the heroin, the
high and effects it produces become less
intense. Furthermore, snorting heroin does not
give the user that ultimate “heroin rush” which
comes from shooting up. And as a result, they
then turn to injecting heroin- a more efficient
means of administering the drug to try to
achieve the ultimate high.
And once they do shoot up, then they never go
back to snorting or smoking heroin as neither
will satisfy to the degree of shooting up. The
result is a graduated heroin addict who went
from snorting or smoking heroin to shooting dope
and is now on his way to becoming a junkie.
Inhaling/smoking heroin, also known as "Chasing
the Dragon" is another method that is being used
more and more today, especially by our younger
The availability of high-purity
heroin, the spread of HIV infection amongst
shooters, and the negative stereotype of
shooters, also known as junkies, prompt many new
users to limit themselves to inhaling/smoking or
chasing the dragon.
When chasing the
dragon, the user will tear a thin strip
of foil with a width of about three
inches off of the roll.
They fold the strip twice making three
even rectangles and tear the foil along
the folds. The user may also make a
straw out of foil as well.
Regular drinking straws will melt and
will not allow the user to scrape and
collect the resin off of it. With another piece of the
same sized foil he’ll roll the foil around a pen
to shape it like a straw.
He or she will then
lay the heroin/opium/tar on the aluminum
foil, then pass a lighter underneath the
foil to vaporize the heroin instead of
The heroin/opium/tar will liquefy and
burn in place or drip/roll. The user
will then take his foil made straw, put
it to his lips and follow/chase the
moving tar and inhale the smoke coming
off of it. This is called, 'chasing the
Heroin can also be mixed with tobacco or
marijuana and smoked in a pipe, joint or
cigarette. When heroin is sniffed or smoked,
peak effects are usually felt within 4-7
minutes. And although smoking and sniffing
heroin does not produce a "rush" as quickly or
as intensely as intravenous injection, all three
forms of doing heroin are highly addictive.
However, injecting heroin continues to be the
predominant method for heroin use among addicted
users seeking treatment; yet researchers have
also observed a shift in heroin use patterns,
from injecting to snorting and smoking. In fact,
snorting heroin is now a widely reported means
of taking heroin among users admitted for drug
treatment. It's the cleanest, easiest and
fastest way to do heroin without paraphernalia,
making it that much easier for the user to get
high no matter where they are.
With the shift in heroin abuse patterns comes an
even more diverse group of users. Older users
(over 30) continue to be one of the largest user
groups, and the older they are, then the harder
it becomes for them to quit. Furthermore, now
there’s been an increase in new, young users
across the globe who are being lured by
inexpensive, high-purity heroin that can be
snorted or smoked instead of being injected.
Even the most prettiest girls are being pulled
and enslaved by this heroin demon.
Heroin has been appearing in more upscale, high
class communities as well. It's made its way
into the homes of good wealthy families and
turns good kids into junkies. And as long as
these kids keep getting money, then most likely,
they’ll continue to use.
known as shooting, banging, hitting, slamming
and mainlining heroin is the last stage which
brings the ultimate high and the risk for death
as well. Once the user has gotten to this point,
then their sole purpose for living becomes to
seek and use heroin no matter what the costs or
who they hurt in the process.
From here on out they become a slave to heroin.
Their #1 priority, first thing in the morning
will be to get that first fix by any means
necessary. They'll need to have it just to feel
normal. And if they don't get it soon then
they'll become very very sick, vomiting, going
through bone crushing legs pains and back pains,
ice cold chills and the worst withdrawal
symptoms known to mankind.
Heroin withdrawal is an agonizing nightmare and
thus the reason why most people can’t just quit.
They would have been much better off smoking or
snorting it rather than shooting it up. This is
the last straw. If they don't realize that they
have a problem by now then they can say goodbye
to their life; unless of course, they reach out
for help or someone helps them to see the light.
A painful and almost deadly struggle is the only
way out from here - that is, if they manage to
make it out of this thing alive. There must be a
struggle in one form or another if they’re ever
going to make it. The only other way out is
Injecting, in addition to producing an
unspeakable "high", is a more economical method
of administering the drug. In other words,
they'll get more “high” for their dollar. By
injecting the heroin, rather than smoking or
snorting it, more intense highs are achieved
with less heroin along with a bonus “rush”.
Addicts look forward to this heroin rush each
and every day.
Users who choose this method generally inject
directly into a major vein on their arm and/or
other areas on their body, although some may
start by injecting under the skin (popping).
Either way, injecting is rock bottom for the
heroin user. And after they reach this point,
they’ll do whatever it takes to get high.
Injecting requires the use of a syringe to
inject the heroin directly into the bloodstream.
Typically, a heroin addict may inject up to four
times a day or more. Shooting up provides the
greatest high and most rapid onset of euphoria,
usually within 7 to 8 seconds. However, shooting
up is a process which also takes time. When
preparing to inject heroin the user will tear a
small piece of cotton from the tip of a q-tip or
from the filter of his cigarette and roll it up
into a little ball.
He'll then empty
the $20 heroin bag into a spoon. Using
the syringe that he probably obtained
from a diabetic, he’ll squirt a dab of
water (50-70 units) into the spoon.
Then he’ll pass a burning lighter under
the spoon to dissolve the heroin into
the water. He puts the cotton ball into
the spoon and stirs the new heroin
solution with the needle.
||He’ll then extract the
solution up into the syringe with the cotton
ball at the tip of the syringe. The cotton is
necessary to filter out any particles or germs
from the heroin solution and may be saved for
later use as well. The user then carefully and
sparingly squirts out a few tiny droplets of the
heroin solution from within the syringe in order
to remove air bubbles from the solution. It's
quite possible that the user can die if those
air bubbles manage to make their way into the
He or she will then
place the needle flat on the bend of
their arm in order to keep the needle
The user inserts the needle into the
vein, then slowly pulls blood from the
vein back into the syringe mixing it
with the heroin solution and then slowly
injects the entire solution, blood and
heroin, back into the vein.
Within 7 to 8 seconds the heroin reaches
the brain and binds to the natural
opioid receptors which causes the user
to experience the greatest high of their
They reach the peak of peace and pure
euphoria. A wonderful warmth takes over
your body. Your head is still there but
your brain falls back along with your
The user then reaches a half conscious
state called nodding where their head
keeps dropping. Sedation is achieved.
Drowsiness, grogginess, and the ultimate
high is the end result.
At the same time, their body is
instantly healed from the most painful
withdrawals in the world. All withdrawal
symptoms disappear within seconds. They
are now 100% completely healed and off
to wonderland. All of their problems are
gone. Nothing else exist - not even you.
Soon after injection,
heroin crosses the blood-brain barrier. In the
brain, heroin is quickly converted to morphine
and binds to opioid receptors within seconds.
Injecting heroin is so addictive because it
enters the brain so quickly and relieves
bone-crushing pains instantly. Sometimes,
especially with new users, the rush is
accompanied by dry mouth, and a heavy feeling,
which may be followed by nausea, vomiting, and
severe itching. This is why you'll see users
scratching their heads and faces to relieve the
After the initial effects of the high, users
will remain drowsy for several hours. Mental
function is clouded by heroin’s effect upon the
central nervous system. Their heart rate slows
down tremendously. Breathing is also severely
depressed, sometimes to the point of death.
Heroin overdose, OD, is a serious risk on the
street, where the amount and purity of the drug
cannot be precisely known. And fatalities from
heroin overdoses are rising more and more each
Although the initial rush fades within minutes,
the sense of contentment and physical relaxation
of the heroin "high" generally last one to two
hours long. The heroin high is known as "the
ultimate high" and sooner or later, becomes the
main goal for all heroin users.
effects heroin has on your health:
||Heroin abuse is
associated with serious health conditions,
including fatal overdose, spontaneous abortion,
and in users who inject the drug - infectious
diseases, including HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.
Sharing a needle just 1 time with the wrong
person can bring death just as it happened to a
dear friend of mine 20 years ago. He shared a
needle with the wrong person one time, and
within a few months he withered away and died.
Serious heroin users may develop collapsed
veins, infection of the heart lining and valves,
abscesses, and liver or kidney disease.
Pulmonary complications, including various types
of pneumonia, may result from the poor health of
the user as well as from heroin’s depressing
effects on respiration.
||In addition to the
effects of the drug itself, street heroin often
contains toxic contaminants or additives that
can clog the blood vessels leading to the lungs,
liver, kidneys, or brain, causing permanent
damage to vital organs.
Continued use of heroin leads to physical
dependence, addiction, a state in which the body
has adapted to the presence of heroin within the
body and can not live nor function properly
without it. If an addict reduces or stops use of
the drug abruptly, he or she will experience
severe withdrawal symptoms.
These symptoms, which can begin as early as
several hours after their last hit, will include
restlessness, back pain, muscle and excruciating
bone pains, insomnia, diarrhea and vomiting, ice
chilling cold flashes with goose bumps, and leg
kicking movements. Living without it becomes
impossible. They'll feel as if they're actually
going to go crazy and die.
Users also experience severe craving for the
drug during withdrawal, which can cause
continued use and/or relapse rather quickly.
Without the heroin in their system they truly
feel that they’re going to die from the pain and
agony of withdrawal.
Major withdrawal symptoms peak between 48 and 72
hours after the last dose was administered and
typically decrease after about 1-2 weeks. Some
individuals in poor health may show persistent
withdrawal symptoms for months.
Sudden withdrawal by heavily dependent users who
are poor in health is rarely fatal. However,
continual vomiting from withdrawals can put a
serious strain on the esophagus, even to the
point of tearing.
The craving for heroin can persist for months,
and even up to a year after the user has quit,
especially upon exposure to triggers such as
stress or people, places and other aspects
associated with drug use. This is why, in order
to quit heroin and stay clean for good - total
separation is a must!
addiction during pregnancy, together with
related factors like poor nutrition and
inadequate prenatal care, has been associated
with adverse consequences for the baby including
low birth weight, which is an important risk
factor for later developmental delay.
If the mother is regularly taking heroin, the
infant may be born physically dependent on
heroin and could suffer from serious medical
complications requiring hospitalization.
Pregnant women addicted to heroin should always
seek the help and consultation from a physician
behavior of a heroin user
||Heroin can turn
good people into monsters. The behavioral impact
of habitual heroin use is generally devastating.
Most users are incapable of concentration,
learning or clear thought. It's a miracle that
they're able to read my website at all.
Rarely are they able to hold down jobs unless
they learn how to become functioning addicts, in
which the user works a normal job to support
themselves and their daily heroin habit while
living a fairly organized yet secretive life.
Functioning addicts are the hardest to spot,
while typical addicts are unconcerned,
unresponsive to consequences and unable to
sustain personal relationships other than those
with their dope-friends.
For many addicts, the inability to earn enough
money to support their habit by normal means,
eventually, leads to crime and even
Heroin turns most users into liars, thieves and
For the overwhelming majority, guilt and remorse
fades away and compulsive use prompts behavior
that is reckless, ruthless and totally
irresponsible. A typical addict is often
antisocial as well, and simply becomes numb to
the pain or loss it causes for others as well as
||Over 22 million
individuals have a substance dependence problem
in the US. 14 percent of admissions to publicly
funded drug abuse programs were for heroin
Approximately 3.5 million Americans aged 12 or
older reported trying heroin at least once
during their lifetimes. (ONDCP)
According to Drug Abuse Warning Network, (DAWN),
heroin and morphine accounted for 51% of drug
deaths ruled accidental or unexpected.
Of an estimated 108 million emergency department
(ED) visits in the U.S., the Drug Abuse Warning
Network (DAWN) estimates that 1,449,154 were
drug-related. DAWN data indicates that heroin
was involved in 164,572 ED visits.
The heroin addict spends anywhere from $20 to
$500 per day to maintain their heroin addiction.
All of these statistics become much more higher
day by day and will increase rapidly as time
goes on. Heroin use, addiction and overdose are
on the rise. And it's not going to get any
better; in fact, it's going to get worse as time
goes on. Yet only 1% of heroin addicts manage to
quit heroin, stay clean and turn their lives
Can heroin addiction really be
Yes it can, if the heroin addict themselves
truly want to quit or has a life changing reason
to do so. And if they really want it, then they
can do it, no matter what it takes to do so.
Please explore this website for additional
information on heroin, heroin addiction and
quitting heroin once and for all. Because if I
can do it, then you or your loved ones can do it
too! Whatever you do, don't give up by any means
and don't lose hope. Keep pressing on and keep