Understanding Heroin Abuse & Addiction
Heroin is a powerful semi-synthetic opiate derived from morphine most often used as a recreational drug. Heroin delivers and intense “rush” and is more powerful than most opioid analgesics because it crosses the blood-brain barrier more rapidly. Use of heroin leads quickly to dependence and has a high potential for addiction.
Heroin is known to cause “blissful apathy” along with its painkilling effects.
The type of available heroin and strength may vary based on the geographical location. Different areas produce various forms of the drug. The black tar version is usually found on the West Coast while the white is usually found on the East Coast.
There are a number of names used then referring to the drug, according to the location and local trends. However, some are relatively well known across at different locations and with different age groups: