What Is Opioid Use Disorder?
Heroin is typed as an opioid drug made from morphine, which is a natural substance taken out of the seed pod of various poppy plants. It comes in the form of either white or brown powder, or a black sticky substance known as black tar heroin. Individuals will often ingest the drug by injecting via needle, sniffing, snorting, or smoking it. Some will even mix heroin with crack cocaine, a practice called “speedballing.”
Once ingested, heroin enters the brain rapidly and binds to the brain’s opioid receptors on cells located in various areas, especially those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure and in controlling heart rate, sleeping and breathing. This process can produce high dopamine levels in your brain and create a euphoric feeling. However, your body can quickly become dependent on the substance.
Some prescription drugs are partially or fully synthetic opioids, which mimic the same properties as natural opiates like heroin. These drugs are also highly addictive and can create a physical dependency. Examples of synthetic opioids include oxycodone, hydrocodone and fentanyl.
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