The Facts about Heroin

In recent months, addiction experts and law enforcement officials have noticed a new trend in drug use among teenagers – Heroin. This dangerous opioid is highly addictive and continues to grow in popularity among adults and adolescents. Here are some of the facts:

What is Heroin?
Heroin is an addictive drug that is processed from morphine and usually appears as a white or brown powder or as a black, sticky substance. It is a depressant that inhibits the central nervous system.

Street names
Smack, H, Ska, Junk, Big H, Blacktar, Brown Sugar, Dope, Horse, Junk, Mud and Skag.

Short-term effects of heroin include a surge of euphoria and clouded thinking followed by alternately wakeful and drowsy states. Heroin depresses breathing, thus, overdose can be fatal. Users who inject the drug risk infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Health risks include collapsed veins, infection of the heart lining and valves, abscesses, cellulitis, liver disease, pulmonary complications and overdose.

What does Heroin look like?
Heroin in its purest form is usually a white powder. Less pure forms have varied colors ranging from white to brown. Black tar heroin is dark brown or black and has a tar-like sticky feel to it.

How is Heroin used?
Heroin is injected in a user’s veins, smoked or snorted.

Why is it so popular?
Heroin is cheap as compared to other drugs and easy to obtain.

What can you do if you know someone who needs help?
Help for Heroin addiction is available. Fairbanks offers a variety of programs for teens and their families including: detox and rehab, outpatient treatment, long-term residential living (HOWSE) and recovery management. Our goal is to provide each adolescent with the tools to identify the changes they need to make in their life and to give them the recovery tools they need for a substance free and successful life.

To make an appointment for an assessment please call 317-849-8222.