FAQ

Q: Will someone become addicted after one dose?

A: No. the incredible power of addiction has been much overplayed, backed up by the tragic spectres of long term heroin addicts, physcially wasted by their habits. Nevertheless, like alcohol, nicotine, amphetamines and cocaine, heroin is a highly addictive substance with a seductive physical and psychological effect. It’s ability to smother and cushion a user from their lives often draws the user into a psychological addiction, much before the physical dependence for compulsion starts.


Q: If you don’t inject the drug can you still become addicted?

A: All ways to administrate heroin can lead to addiction. Smoking and sniffing heroin do not produce a “rush” as quickly or as intensely as intravenous injection, but the heroin still ends up in the brain, where the addiction and the tolerance will build up. This is one of the main danger of heroin.


Q: What is “chasing the dragon”?

A: Smoking heroin, using by heating it foil and inhaling the vapour through a tube or rolled up banknote.


Q: What does heroin do?

A: The body has its own pain-killing opiates called endorphins which are released in times of physical injury. Heroin is converted by the brain into morphine which then binds of the endorphin receptors all over the body, that creates a powerful and pleasurable warm ‘cotton wool’ effect.


Q: what’s the difference between brown and white heroin?

A: Pure heroin is usually white. Street heroin is usually brown from impurities and adulterants. However heroin cannot be gauged for purity just from looking at it.


Q: Is it true that heroin is stronger than it used to be?

A: Purity varies, fluctuating on a local basis depending on availability (distributors reduce purity when they lesser amount) but usually, yes, heroin is purer now than it has been in the past.

A reason this is because former cocaine cartels are now branching out into other drugs such as heroin, flooding the market. Higher purity heroin also makes snorting and inhaling an alternative to injecting without too much compromising of the intensity of the high.


Q: Is it true that most heroin addicts have HIV?

A: No. For example, about 10% of London’s heroin users are HIV+. But 50% of them have Hepatitis B and around 90% of the users have Hepatitis C. HIV and Hep B & C are passed on more readily through unsafe injecting practice than by other ways.


Q: Where does heroin come from?

A: Most heroin in the United Kingdom comes from poppies grown in Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey. In the Unites States, heroin comes from Mexico, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and the notorious Golden Triangle area of Southeast Asia (Burma, Thailand, Laos).


Q: Why do heroin addict use lemons?

A: The brown heroin commonly seen in the United Kingdom doesn’t dissolve very easily and so it is difficult to inject intravenously. Users have to use acids, usually citric acid from lemons, to do so.


Q: Heroin Drug Test?

A: Heroin – and other opiates such as morphine and opium – are detectable by standard tests on urine between 24 and 48 hours after use.