"H", "Horse", "Skag", "Junk", " "Stuff", "Poison", "Brown", "Smack", "Shoot" have one thing in common: they are all names for HEROIN.

Heroin, which is converted to morphine in the body, is an OPIATE and is manufactured from raw opium. Opium is the dried milky exudate obtained from the opium poppy (papaver somniferum). Heroin reaches the market in a wide range of purities. The quality of street heroin varies generally between a purity of 3 and 15%.

It is sold as white, cream-coloured, grey or brownish powder, and is usually cut with other substances including fillers and diluting agents as well as impurities gained in the manufacturing process. Heroin (chemical name Diacetylmorphine) may be snorted, smoked (inhaled) and injected intravenously.


The effect of heroin, depending on the dose, kills pain, gives a feeling of euphoria or release from anxiety. It produces a feeling of relaxation and contentment and acts as a cough suppressant. Depending on the quality of the substance, the effect lasts between 3 and 5 hours.

Short-term side effects

Slowing down of the breathing, nausea, vomiting, itching, fall in blood pressure, slowing of the pulse, constricted pupils and urine retention may occur.

Accidental overdose is possible; this may cause respiratory depression that may lead to death if resuscitation is not given.

"Shake" (a reaction of the body to impurities in the heroin in intravenous use) is possible - with fever, shivering fits and convulsions, and may last up to an hour.                        

Long-term side effects

Specific risks depending on form of administration:
If snorted: damage to the nasal septum and mucous membranes.
If smoked: damage to bronchial tubes and lungs
If injected: inflamed veins and, in the case of contaminated injection needles and pumps, infectious diseases (hepatitis C, HIV, AIDS, fungal and bacterial infections).

General risks:
With regular use, damage to the organs may occur due to impurities in the heroin, constipation and decreased sex drive. The intensity of the effect continuously decreases and so the dose has to be increased constantly in order to attain the same effect (development of tolerance). Regular injection, snorting or smoking of heroin may result in addiction (psychological dependency). With daily use, there is also the risk of the development of physical dependency, resulting in withdrawal symptoms when heroin is not used (running nose, tears in the eyes, restlessness and anxiety, shivering, diarrhoea, vomiting, disturbed sleep).

Safer use

You can obtain information on safer ways of using heroin in the DRUG SCOUTS DRUG STORE and on the DRUGS LINE (see back page).

This information is not intended to promote drug-taking. Heroin is illegal under the BtMG (Dangerous Drugs Act) and possessing, buying or dealing in these substances is punishable by law.



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