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Heroin Information & Drug Tests 

What is Heroin?

Also see Hair Drug Testing Explained, explains the process from collection to results.

Heroin is a highly addictive drug and the most rapidly acting of the opiates. Therefore, it is important to know as much information about Heroin when testing for its presence. The hair 5 drug panel would detect codeine, morphine and heroin. Download a PDF file of commonly abused drugs which includes effects and detection times for urine testing.

Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of certain varieties of poppy plants grown in: Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar (Burma)), Southwest Asia (Afghanistan and Pakistan), Mexico, and Colombia it comes in several forms, the main one being black tar from Mexico (found primarily in the western United States) and white heroin from Colombia (primarily sold on the East Coast). © Copyright Expomed 1995-2021

What Does Heroin Look Like? 

Heroin is typically sold as a white or brownish powder, or as the black sticky substance known on the streets as black tar heroin. Although purer heroin is becoming more common, most street heroin is cut with other drugs or with substances such as sugar, starch, powdered milk, or quinine.

Mental Effects of Heroin 

Because it enters the brain so rapidly, heroin is particularly addictive, both psychologically and physically. Heroin abusers report feeling a surge of euphoria or rush, followed by a twilight state of sleep and wakefulness.

Physical Effects of Heroin 

One of the most significant effects of heroin use is addiction. With regular heroin use, tolerance to the drug develops. Once this happens, the abuser must use more heroin to achieve the same intensity. As higher doses of the drug are used over time, physical dependence and addiction to the drug develop. Physical symptoms of heroin use include: Drowsiness, respiratory depression, constricted pupils, nausea, a warm flushing of the skin, dry mouth, and heavy

Effects of Heroin Overdose 

Because heroin abusers do not know the actual strength of the drug or its true contents, they are at a high risk of overdose or death. The effects of a heroin overdose are: Slow and shallow breathing, blue lips and fingernails, clammy skin, convulsions, coma, and possible death. Drugs that have similar effects include: OxyContin, Vicodin, codeine, morphine, methadone and fentanyl. Pictures and some information from the DEA.


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