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Heroin

Heroin is a semisynthetic substance derived from morphine.  Among the most powerful painkillers known, it is a highly dangerous drug because it causes severe psychological and physical addiction.

 Upon entering the brain, heroin acts in areas involved in pain perception and gratification, producing a surge of euphoria ("rush") accompanied by dry mouth, hot red skin, heavy limbs and mental confusion with a sensation of flying, which alternates between being fully awake or asleep.

 

Short- and long-term risks are:

  • Infections such as hepatitis, pneumonia and AIDS.
  • Extreme weight loss, constipation, psychological disorders and cardiovascular diseases.
  • Severe dependence and tolerance.

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