Heroin (Drug War Facts)

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1."Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of the Asian poppy plant. Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder. Street names for heroin include 'smack', 'H', 'Skag', and 'Junk'. Other names may refer to types of heroin produced in a specific geographical area, such as 'Mexican black tar.'"
Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse, InfoFacts: Heroin (Rockville, MD: US department of Health and Human Services), from the web at http://www.nida.nih.gov/infofacts/heroin.html last accessed January 9, 2006

2. "Acute intoxication (overdose) with opiods is characterized by euphoria, flushing, itching of the skin (particularly with morporphine), miosis, drowsiness, decreased respiratory rate and depth, hypotention, bradycaria, and decreased body temperature."
Source: "Opiod Dependence," The Merek Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, section 15, Psychiatric disorders, Chapter 195, Drug Use and Dependence, Merek & co Ince. from the web at http://www.merek.com/pubs/mmanual/section15/chapter195/195c.htm last accessed December 5, 2000

3. "Many complications of heroin addiction are related to the unsanitary administration of the drug. Others are due to the inherent properties of the drug, overdose, or intoxicated behavior accompanying drug use. Common complications include pulmonary disorders, hepatits, arthiric disorders, immunologic changes, and neurologic disorders."
Source: "Opiod Dependence," The Merek Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, section 15, Psychiatric disorders, Chapter 195, Drug Use and Dependence, Merek & co Ince. from the web at http://www.merek.com/pubs/mmanual/section15/chapter195/195c.htm last accessed December 5, 2000

Excerpt from page 68 of Drug War Facts compiled by Common Sense For Drug Policy

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