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Other names

Smack, Brown, Horse, Gear, Junk, H, Jack, Scag

What it looks like & how it is taken

Brownish-white powder which is smoked, snorted or dissolved and injected

The effects

Small doses give the user a sense of warmth and wellbeing
Larger doses can make them drowsy and relaxed
Heroin slows down body functioning and stops psychological pain

The health risks

Heroin is addictive (even when smoked)
Users who form a habit may end up taking the drug to feel normal
Excessive amounts can result in overdose, coma and in some cases death
Injecting can damage veins
Sharing injecting equipment puts users at risk of dangerous infections like hepatitis B or C and HIV or Aids

Legal Status

Class A


Possession: 7 years and a fine Supply: Life imprisonment and a fine