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Drug Paraphernalia Associated with Heroin

Drug Paraphernalia Associated with HeroinAccording to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), heroin is an opiate drug synthesized from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of the opium poppy plant. Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder or as a black sticky substance, known as “black tar heroin.”

Methods of Use

Heroin is usually injected, sniffed/snorted, or smoked. Typically, a heroin abuser may inject up to four times a day. Intravenous injection provides the greatest intensity and most rapid onset of euphoria (7 to 8 seconds), while intramuscular injection produces a relatively slow onset of euphoria (5 to 8 minutes). When heroin is sniffed or smoked, peak effects are usually felt within 10 to 15 minutes.

Drug Paraphernalia Associated with Heroin Injections

Heroin can be dissolved into water which makes injection a common method of heroin use. After diluting heroin, the abuser draws the drug into a hypodermic syringe. In addition to the heroin and syringe, a heroin user also has additional paraphernalia including the following:

  • A small spoon
  • Bit of aluminum foil
  • A vial of water
  • A tuft of cotton to act as a filter
  • Lighter

With these items, the abuser measures the heroin into the spoon and adds water. This mixture is heated by the lighter to dissolve the heroin. The mixture is filtered through the cotton and drawn into the syringe.

An abuser injects into a vein, muscle, or under the skin. Needle marks may often be seen on the arms and legs of a user, and eventually the veins break down and become useless. The user then has to find more veins including those found in their necks, toes, and fingers.

Drug Paraphernalia Associated with Sniffing/Snorting Heroin

Powder-based drugs, such as heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine are often inhaled, which may be referred to as sniffing or snorting. The mucus membranes of the nose lining provide a quick access route to the body.

In addition to the heroin, a heroin user may also have additional paraphernalia including the following:

  • Crushing object such as credit card or razor blade
  • Mirror or flat surface
  • Tube such as drinking straw, rolled up bill, or pen case.

With these items, the abuser places the heroin on the flat surface and crushes it with the credit card or razor blade. Then he uses the tube to inhale the substance into the nostril. The powder often causes severe stinging and irritation of the nose and eventually results in damage to the cartilage.

Drug Paraphernalia Associated with Smoking Heroin

In addition to the heroin, a heroin user may also have additional paraphernalia including the following:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Funnel
  • Lighter

The aluminum foil is used to provide a flat surface and also to create the funnel tube in which to inhale the vapors. The user places a piece of heroin on the foil and begins to apply heat to the lower surface of the foil to boil the heroin. When boiling, vapors are given off and the user uses the funnel to inhale the vapor.

Get Help Finding Heroin Addiction Rehabilitation Options

Heroin is extremely addictive and harmful. If you notice a person with the paraphernalia associated with heroin use, it is important for you to learn how to intervene to get that person into rehab. Please call our toll free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about heroin rehabilitation.