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Heroin is a drug made from morphine. A small dose gives the user a feeling of warmth and well-being, bigger doses can make you sleepy and very relaxed, but the first dose of heroin can bring about dizziness and vomiting.

‘Street’ heroin sold as ‘brown’ is sometimes now used by clubbers as a chill out drug after a big night out.

Heroin is highly addictive and people can quickly get hooked.


Also known as: Smack, Skag, Horse, H, Gear, Brown


Heroin is a class A drug, so it’s illegal to have for yourself, give away or sell. Possession is illegal and can get you up to seven years in jail and/or an unlimited fine.

Supplying someone else, even your friends, can get you up to life imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.

If the Police catch you with heroin, they’ll always take some action. This could include a formal caution, arrest and prosecution.

A conviction for a drug-related offence could have a pretty serious impact. It can stop you visiting certain countries – for example the United States – and limit the types of jobs you can apply for.



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Heroin users have died from overdoses, heart attack/failure

There’s also a risk of death due to inhaling vomit

Injecting Heroin can damage veins and cause ulcers and gangrene

Sharing needles leads to risk of hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS

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