Heroin can be ingested in many ways, although some methods cause the drug to affect the brain and body more rapidly than others. In its purest form, heroin is a white powder that may look like cocaine or pure amphetamines. Other varieties include a brownish powder and a black tar-like substance; color and texture changes indicate the introduction of impurities or additives.Once drugs like heroin have impurities or additives in them, they need some special preparation methods to be effective. The more a drug requires preparation – through heat or dissolving in liquid, for example – the more paraphernalia will be associated with using the drug. The most common methods for using heroin include:
Different paraphernalia is associated with these different methods of ingestion.
No matter how drugs are ingested, they can become addictive and cause serious health consequences like lung, brain, heart, and liver damage. However, drug use equipment can also lead to its own set of problems – health issues, legal problems, and more.Needle sharing is frequently associated with disease transmission, especially HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis. Any blood-borne pathogen can be transmitted through shared needles, which has been a consistent problem among people struggling with heroin addiction who inject the drug. Abscesses in the skin, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted infections are also caused by, or transmitted through, dirty or shared needles.
Heroin abuse is highly correlated with hepatitis C, a type of viral hepatitis. The disease can be transmitted through other paraphernalia besides needles, including pipes and straws, because the disease can be spread through mucous membrane secretions and blood exchange.