Heroin is a highly addictive illegal street drug derived from the opium poppy. Ironically, it was initially marketed as a treatment for morphine addiction, but it didn’t take long for doctors and pharmacists to understand just how addictive it is. Although heroin is illegal today, many people still turn to it when they no longer have access to prescription opioid medications.
Whether it is smoked, snorted or injected, the effects of heroin can be felt very quickly: within moments, the user feels a rush of euphoria. Unfortunately, this fades quickly, leaving the user feeling sick and anxious, and wanting to find more heroin just to escape the withdrawal symptoms.
Like many other substances, heroin needs to be taken in increasing doses in order to achieve the same effects. This results in far-reaching consequences to physical and mental health.