Heroin, an opioid analgesic, is commonly referred to as Sweet Lady H, H, smack, brown, black or tar. It originates from the opiate poppy plant. Heroin is an inactive drug. However, when it is inserted into the human body it changes into morphine. Milkish-white, sap-like opium is removed from the poppy flower, refined to make morphine, and then further refined into different forms of heroin. Heroin may be directly injected into the blood stream by needle, smoked in a freebase form or orally ingested. Afghanistan is the top supplier of the world’s supply of raw opium while Mexico is now second. Opium then is used to create heroin.
Heroin is often abused after a person becomes dependent upon other opiates. The high is quick-acting and very powerful, often hooking a person after the first try. Heroin is more likely to produce the feeling of euphoria and other similar, positive subjective direct effects when compared to these other opioids. Side effects include contracting HIV, Hepatitis C and other like diseases through needle sharing, overdose and serious addiction issues. Methadone is often used as a substitute for people addicted to possessing and using heroin, as it has a similar high. The increasingly easy availability of heroin and the lower street cost of heroin have led to a surge of heroin possession arrests in many parts of the country. If you are charged with possession of heroin and need a Tampa heroin criminal defense lawyer please call us now.