What is heroin?
Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive drug. It is an opiate drug processed from morphine,a substances extracted from certain poppy plants. Heroin appears as a white or brownish powder or a black sticky substance, known as black tar heroin. Common street names are; Big H, Black Tar, H, Horse, junk, Ska, Smack, and Thunder.
How is it used and How does heroin affect your body?
It is injected with a needle, smoked or snorted. Heroin enters the brain very quickly. It is addictive both psychologically and physically. It can depress breathing, and overdosing can be fatal.
What is the effect of using heroin?
Heroin abusers report feeling a surge of euphoria followed by a state of sleep and wakefulness. Those who inject heroin risk infectious disease such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, liver or kidney disease.
TRUE OR FALSE
Heroin is less dangerous if you snort or smoke it?
FALSE fact: There is no safe way of using it. You can still die from an overdose or become addicted by snorting or smoking it.
Stopping Heroin use is easy?
FALSE fact: Withdrawal from heroin produces drug, craving, restlessness, muscle and bone pain, chill, nervousness, diarrhea, vomiting and other symptoms that usually last about a week, but may last for months.
Did you know?
The vast majority of teens are not using heroin. In 2013 national survey, only 0.6% used heroin in the past year. (Source: University of Michigan, 2013 Monitoring the Suture Study)
A large majority of teens think people risk harming themselves using heroin. In 2012 national survey, 8 out of 10 think using Heroin is very risky. (Source: SAMHSA, 2012 National Survey on Drug use and Health (NSDUH)
Recent trends indicate that heroin use is increasing for persons 18 years of age and older. The number of people reporting past year heroin use was almost two times greater in 2012 (699,000) thank in 2007 (373,000) (Source: SAMHSA, 2012 National Survey on Drug use and Health (NSDUH)
Reasons for the increase heroin use and addiction may be due to the decrease in the use of prescription painkillers, as a result of changes in the OxyContin formulary, stricter laws, and costs. Heroin is cheaper and offers the same type of high. (Source: SAMHSA News Release, 8/22/13)
What is it MDMA?
MDMA, (3,4 methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) known as Ecstasy or Molly, is a synthetic psychoactive drug. Ecstasy is pill form of MDMA, Molly is a slang for “molecular” that refers to the powder or crystal form of MDMA. Molly is often mixed with other drug substances and is not pure MDMA or safe to uses.
How is it used?
Ecstasy is taken orally in pill or tablet form. These pills can be in different colors with image on them. Molly is taken in a gel capsule or snorted.
What does MDMA do to the body and mind?
As a stimulant drug, it increases heart rate and blood pressure. Users may experience muscle tension, involuntary teeth clenching, nausea, faintness, chills, or sweating. It produces feeling and increased energy, euphoria, emotional warmth, empathy and distortions in sensory and time perceptions. The feeling of sadness, anxiety, depression and memory difficulties are other side effects associated with the use of this drug. It can seriously deplete serotonin levels in the brain, causing confusion and sleep problems.
TRUE OR FALSE
Taking Molly is OK because it is a “pure” form of MDMA?
FALSE Fact: Molly is often mixed with harmful drugs. It is not safe to use.
The effect of MDMA only last three to six hours?
FALSE Fact: While the high from MDMA only last three six hours, the negative health and emotional effects can last few days to a couple of weeks.
Did you know?
The DEA is labeled MDMA as a schedule 1 drug, meaning its abuse potential is high an it has no approved medical use. It is illegal in the U.S.
In high doses, MDMA can affect the body’s ability to regulate the temperature, which can lead the serious health complication and possible death.