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What Is Heroin?

Last updated: Friday, 21, August 2020

Heroin is a semi-synthetic opiate. It is derived from the latex of the opium poppy, and it is a very powerful narcotic. In its pure form, it can be used as a painkiller and analgesic in medical situations. However, it is also a commonly-used and highly addictive street drug. The medical-grade version of heroin, called diamorphine, is commonly used in the United Kingdom rather than morphine as a painkiller after surgeries and major injuries. Heroin and all its derivatives are synthesized from the drug morphine, which itself is synthesized from the opium poppy.

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Heroin depresses the part of the brain responsible for breath rate and heart rate, so it can easily cause an individual who has taken too much to slip into a coma. In addition, street heroin is often cut with other substances. As a result, taking street heroin is always a gamble, because you can never be sure how pure the drug is. If it is very pure and you take too much, you can overdose and die.



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