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Heroin (Smack, H, gear, brown, dope, horse) is a depressant drug derived from the opium poppy. Pure heroin is a white powder, but most comes in powder or crystals that are off-white or brown. In New Zealand, homebake is the name given to heroin that’s been processed from pharmacy codeine, but it has also been used to refer to heroin produced from poppy seeds.

Heroin can cause a sense of euphoria, warmth, heaviness, nausea, and sleepiness. When injected, the effects are felt almost instantly but don’t last as long compared to other methods like snorting.

Important information about heroin, including its effects, how to be safer and how to cut down

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