Smoking and sniffing heroin do not produce a “rush” as quickly or as intensely as an IV injection. Oral ingestion does not usually lead to a “rush”, but used in suppository form may have intense euphoric effects. Can be addictive by any given route.
From southwest Asia may be ‘smoked’ by heating the solid on a metal foil above a small flame and inhaling the vapor. Those intending to inject this form must first solubilize it with, for example, citric acid or ascorbic acid. The southeast Asia type is suitable for the direct injection of a solution. A typical dose is 100 mg at street level purity. Except when used therapeutically as a pain relief drug, ingestion of diamorphine/opioid is a much less effective route of administration.
Heroin is a highly addictive substance that can be fatal. However, there are a variety of effective treatments available for its addiction, including both behavioral and pharmacological (medications). Furthermore, both approaches help to restore a degree of normalcy to brain function and behavior, resulting in increased employment rates and lower risk of HIV and other diseases and criminal behavior.
Heroin is a highly addictive narcotic that is made from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of the Asian poppy plant. It is listed in Schedule I of the United Nations 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.
A large number of street terms are in use, including horse, Smack, Dope, Mud, Skag, Junk, H, Black tar, Black pearl, Brown sugar, Witch hazel, Birdie powder, Dragon, Hero, White stuff, China white, Boy, Chiva, Mexican horse, Pluto, Skunk, Number 2