Difference Between Heroin and Crack
Heroin and crack are two drugs with frightening consequences, but they’re also very different from one another. What heroin and crack have in common is their ability to destroy lives and lead to death in the people who abuse them, but what about the difference between heroin and crack?
Below is general information about heroin and crack separately from one another, as well as details about the difference between heroin and crack.
- Heroin is a depressant which slows down the central nervous system, and this shows in the signs of use. For example, people who use heroin may seem slow, sluggish, disoriented or drowsy. It’s not uncommon for someone on heroin to nod off intermittently. Crack is a stimulant, so when someone uses this drug, they’re going to seem energetic and have symptoms like high blood pressure and a raised heart rate.
- When someone dies from crack, it’s usually because of cardiotoxicity whereas with heroin the cause of death is often respiratory depression.
- If someone overdoses on crack there’s no way to reverse the symptoms in many cases, while heroin does have an anecdote called Narcan.
- Heroin is usually injected, whereas crack is typically smoked.
- When people come down from crack is usually when they experience the withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, irritability and maybe psychosis, but with heroin, it usually begins a little while after the last dose is taken.
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