Heroin is a highly addictive, illegal opioid drug. It is derived from morphine, which is a naturally occurring substance derived from the seed pod of opium poppy plant commonly found in Asia. Heroin is available in many forms, but in its most common form, it is a white or brown powder or a black tar-like sticky substance. Heroin is used by millions of addicts around the world as a way of escaping the reality.

Heroine Abuse

Once a person starts on the path of using heroin, it becomes very difficult to stop using it because the withdrawal is often too much to handle. According to statistics from 2011, 4.2 million Americans from age 12 and older had used heroin at least once in their lifetime. From those who use it once, almost 23 percent were found to be permanently dependent on it. Heroine abuse and its addictive qualities make this drug very difficult to stop, but our treatment centers can offer help when you need it most.


Other Names for Heroin

The following list includes common street names used for Heroin:

  • Brown Sugar: This is one of the commonly available forms of heroin that looks like a brown sugary powder. Hence the slang Brown Sugar.
  • Dope, H: The word dope normally refers to something extremely cool, but on the illicit drug market and in conversations between drug addicts, it is used commonly when talking about heroin.
  • Horse: When a horse is given narcotics, it runs as fast as he can until the effect of the drug dies down. This is similar to the feeling a drug addict gets when using heroin. This is how the word Horse became a slang term for heroin.
  • Junk: This is a common street name for heroin. It is named so because the heroin available on the streets is rarely pure.
  • Skag: This is another common street slang for heroin with exact origin unknown.
  • Skunk: Skunk is a slang term for a potent form of marijuana, which is similar in its effects to crack cocaine.
  • Smack: A very common street slang for heroin. Smack literally means a sharp slap or blow, which is similar to the sensation one gets when taking heroin.
  • White Horse: The white powdered form of heroin is similar in appearance to that of a white horse, hence this street slang for heroin.
  • Cheese: Black tar heroin, when mixed with cold medication such as Tylenol PM, turns into a highly addictive blend known as Cheese Heroin.

Opioid Drug Abuse

Apart from the illicit use of heroin available on the street, some opioid pain medications may also have similar effects if abused or taken without a prescription. This is a big concern in the United States since a major chunk of heroin addicts start on the path of drug abuse after using these relief drugs. The ill effects of heroin include cold sweats, constipation, decreased immunity, breathing problems, muscle weakness, amnesia, coma and even death. If you or a loved one are struggling with Heroin, please contact IntoTreatment today for help and guidance. The road to recovery is not easy and IntoTreatment wants to be here for you.

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