Slang: Morphine, codeine, heroin, paregoric, opium, smack, china white
Usage: Smoked, ingested, or injected
Olive brown to reddish-brown; coarse granular mass with a characteristic odor and a very bitter taste.
Duration: Three to six hours
Euphoria, drowsiness, respiratory depression, relief of pain, dry mouth, slurs speech, constricts pupils, nausea and vomiting, tremors, sweating.
Heartbeat irregularities, mood changes, anxiety, agitation, loss of appetite, constipation, stomach cramping, lung and breathing problems.
Shallow breathing, pinpoint pupils, clammy skin, convulsions, coma
Watery eyes; runny nose; loss of appetite; tremors; panic; chills; muscle cramps; sweating; nausea and vomiting; hot and cold flashes; insomnia; elevations in blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rate, and temperature.
Signs & Symptoms:
Wears long sleeves to cover scars or tracks caused by injections; constricted, pinpoint pupils; sniffles; watery eyes; lethargy.
DID YOU KNOW?
Opiates have a high potential for development of psychological and physical dependence and tolerance. Of all illegal drugs, heroin is responsible for the most deaths. Because these drugs are primarily taken by injection, there are many harmful consequences such as:
- Uncertain dosage levels
- Contamination with other agents
- Serious illnesses such as hepatitis, HIV, and cardiac disease