WHAT IS HEROIN?
Heroin is a highly addictive drug derived from morphine. Morphine is a naturally occurring substance extracted from poppy plants. This illegal substance sold as a white or brown powder. Pure heroin is white and can be snorted or smoked. Black tar heroin get it's colors because of impurities in the manufacturing process. Impure heroin is usually injected into veins.
Heroin addiction occurs when someone becomes psychically and/ or mentally depended on heroin. This can occur after the first use.
SIGNS OF HEROIN USE:
-Sudden changes in behavior or actions
-Cycles of hyper alertness followed by suddenly nodding off
-Droopy appearance, as if extremities are heavy
-Avoiding eye contact, or distant field of vision
-Substantial increases in time spent sleeping
-Increase in slurred, garbled or incoherent speech
-Sudden worsening of performance in school or work, including expulsion or loss of jobs
-Decreasing attention to hygiene and physical appearance
-Loss of motivation and apathy toward future goals
-Lack of interest in hobbies and favorite activities
-Withdrawal from friends and family, instead spending time with new friends with no natural tie
-Hostile behaviors toward loved ones, including repeatedly stealing or borrowing money
-Decline in self esteem or worsening body image
-Wearing long pants or long sleeves to hide needle marks, even in very warm weather