Effects of Heroin on the Body

Some of the more general street names for heroin include, black tar, junk, dope, and smack. The drug’s international nonproprietary name is diacetylmorphine while its British-approved name is diamorphine. It is a synthesized drug from morphine and a by-product of the opium poppy or Papaver somniferum. It is known as a semi-synthetic opiod because of this and is made be having it undergo an acetylation process.

Because it undergoes this particular process, it is enabled as a prodrug for the systematic delivery of morphine. One would probably be more accustomed to the drug being in crystalline form as it is more commonly portrayed in the movies as such. The scientific name for this particular form of the drug is hyrdrochloride salt diacetylmorphine hydrochloride.

Heroin effects

When heroin is administered to a person and is introduced into the bloodstream of a person, the drug crosses the blood-brain barrier and is converted into morphine. This imitates the action of endorphins which effectively creates a mood of extreme well-being with the sensation being isolated in the person’s gut. One of the most familiar methods of introduction of the drug into a person’s bloodstream is by intravenous injection.

Because it is an opiate, it has been used both for medicinal and recreational purposes. If administered regularly, it has a high potential for causing addiction and may eventually lead to tolerance which will only lead to the person wanting to administer bigger doses of the drug to get the same type of effect before.

Frequent use of the drug might be dangerous because it could lead to withdrawal symptoms. If, however, there is continued and nonstop use of the drug, stopping abruptly even as little as 3 days will most probably cause them to have withdrawal symptoms.

Symptoms of heroin use

The withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person but there are common manifestations such as "itchy blood" which cause the person to scratch their skin incessantly, thus rupturing it.

Some of the other symptoms will most likely include vomiting, diarrhea, fever and cold sweats. Clearly, these are signs which are worse when experienced than read about. So with regard to the opiate heroin, it’s best to simply read about it instead of experiencing it firsthand.