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Heroin is a highly addictive opioid drug that generally appears as a white or brown power. It is a derivative of morphine, which is derived from the seedpod of the poppy plant. Heroin can be used in a variety of ways, including the following:

  • Nasal (snorted)
  • Injected
  • Smoked


Since heroin is highly addictive, users appear to be easily “hooked.” Regular and repeated use leads to tolerance to the drug in which a higher dose of the drug is required to achieve the same or desired effect. Therefore, dependence on the use of heroin is common. When a person who is dependent on heroin attempts to stop the use of the substance, they may experience significant physical symptoms of discomfort, known as withdrawal and may include:

  • Body ache and pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Goosebumps
  • Cold sweats

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