The facts on heroin

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Teens and drugs: Heroin

Other names for heroin

Smack, brown, horse, gear, junk, H, jack, scag.

What heroin looks like and how it's taken

Brownish-white powder which is smoked, snorted or dissolved and injected.

The effects of heroin

Small doses give the user a sense of warmth and wellbeing. Larger doses can make them feel drowsy and relaxed.

The health risks or heroin

Heroin is addictive (even when smoked). Users who form a habit may end up taking the drug just to feel normal. Excessive amounts can result in overdose, coma and death. Sharing needles can also spread HIV.

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Legal status of heroin

Class A.

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