More Info on Heroin
Heroin is a depressant that is commonly abused for its sedative effects. It comes in the form of white or brown powder or as a tar-like substance. The drug is usually sniffed, injected or smoked.
Many abusers will turn to intravenous injection because it is the fastest means to the high. When introduced to the brain, heroin converts to morphine and interacts with the opioid receptors in the brain. This is also coupled with an influx of pleasurable feelings, often referred to as a “rush”. As a depressant, when the rush is over, the drug will make the individual very drowsy for hours. It also slows down body functions, such as heart rate and breathing.
Overdosing can lead to respiratory failure where breathing is slowed to the point of death.
Heroin is highly addictive. Its influence can be felt fastest of all opiates, which is why it is preferred among addicts. Extended drug abuse can lead to a dependent state or addiction. In this dire situation a heroin addiction sufferer will continue to use the drug not to get high, rather they take it to keep from getting sick from withdrawal.
Some addicts choose to combine other opiates such as prescription drugs containing oxycodone or hydrocodone to continually have the opioid influence in the body at all times.