Black Tar Heroin Effects
Heroin is a drug classified as an opioid. Opioids also include prescription pain medicines, and they’re powerful, very addictive drugs. Opioids bind to certain receptors located throughout the central nervous system, causing a euphoric high. This high triggers the brain’s reward system, which is how addiction develops. The brain becomes psychologically dependent on drugs, and drug-seeking behaviors are compulsive in a person struggling with addiction. There’s also physical dependence with opioids. If someone is dependent on heroin and tried to stop using, they would likely go through withdrawal.
When we think about heroin, we often think of a powder that’s white or off-white. That powder is then liquefied in order to be injected using a needle. There are variations of heroin, however. For example, some heroin is sold as a brown powder, and there’s also something called “black heroin” or “black tar heroin”. Injecting heroin carries its own set of risks in addition to the effects of the drug on the brain. For instance, injecting heroin can cause infections and the transmission of bloodborne diseases.
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