Another reason that there are so many different slang terms for heroin is that drug dealers often come up with new terms in order to avoid detection by police officers.
The culture around heroin and the manufacturing and distribution of this substance are also constantly evolving both naturally and due to necessity.
Heroin can also be combined with a number of other intoxicants in order to intensify the effects or to mediate the unpleasant symptoms of one or more of the drugs involved.
Common combinations and their slang terms include:
Mixing heroin with other substances compounds the already high risks associated with the drug’s intake.
It increases the risk of overdose as the effects are combined, and mixing depressants and stimulants can even mask the signs of an overdose of either drug.