Common Halton Street Names: H / smack / junk / brown sugar / china white / horse
Heroin is a depressant derived from the opium poppy. Heroin is part of the opioid family. It was initially produced in the late 1800’s as an analgesic or more commonly known as a painkiller which produced feelings of euphoria. It eventually became a controlled substance due to its highly addictive nature. Heavy use of heroin will eventually lead to the body’s dependence on it, resulting in painful withdrawal symptoms.
Users don’t know the concentration of heroin in every dose. As such, the possibility of overdose is high.
Historically, the Region of Halton has not seen a lot of heroin on its streets; however in recent years, there has been a slight increase of heroin use. This has been learned through an increase of police seizures of heroin and documented heroin overdoses. There has been a trend Fentanyl being used as a cutting agent or a substitue for heroin in Canada. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin. Fentanyl can also be imported into Canada for a cost much lower than heroin. The danger lies in the fact that traffickers are unable to properly mix the Fentanyl with heroin, resulting in ‘hot spots’ that can be fatal.
- Total Seizures (Jan to Jul 2015): 13 grams
Heroin in its purest form is a fine white powdery substance, however heroin found on the streets is typically found in a brown powder form due to its additives or commonly known as ‘cutting’ agents. A common known cutting agent for heroin is strychnine, a stimulant used in rat poison. Heroin can also be found as a black tar substance, which is smoked or dissolved in water for injection.
Heroin can be consumed by smoking, snorting and injecting. Historically heroin was injected, however new trends suggest snorting and smoking are more common methods of consuming heroin. A typical intravenous does of heroin is 100 mg, commonly sold as a “point”. Depending on purity and the user, a lethal does of heroin may range from 50 to 500 mg, but hardened addicts have survived doses of 1,800 mg.
> Mood disruption
> Slowness of movements
> Lack of concentration
> Slurred speech
> Blurred vision
Heavy consumption can lead to respiratory depression or cardiopulmonary arrest (death).