More and more people across the country are using heroin, an illegal and very addictive drug. Heroin is part of the growing opioid epidemic.
What is Heroin?
Heroin is a powerful opioid. It can be a white or brown powder, or a black substance known as “black tar heroin.” You use heroin by injecting it, smoking it, or snorting it.
People who use heroin say it gives them a rush of a great feeling, or “euphoria.” But some people get sick or feel very itchy after using. They might feel very tired or depressed. When the drug wears off, people may have a strong urge to use more.
Heroin is very addictive. People often use heroin in addition to other drugs or alcohol. This is a dangerous combination because it increases the risk of an overdose. Learn more about opioid overdoses and how to prevent them.
Prescription Pain Pills and Heroin
Heroin is part of a bigger substance use problem. If you have another addiction, you are more likely to be addicted to heroin. One of the highest risks is for people who are addicted to prescription opioids (prescription pain medicine). Learn more about prescription opioids.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is an effective treatment for heroin addiction. MAT uses medicine and therapy to help people with withdrawal symptoms when they stop using heroin or other opioids. Learn more about MAT.