Signs and Symptoms of Herion

Street Names: Brown sugar, Dope, H, Horse, Junk, Skag, Skunk, Smack, White horse, Black pearl, China white, Aunt Hazel

Method of Use: Smoked, Snorted, Injected

Symptoms/Effects of Use

  • Dry mouth
  • Warm flushing of the skin, heaviness of the arms/legs
  • Depressed breathing
  • Slurred speech
  • Feelings of itchiness
  • Decreased motivation
  • Hostility towards others
  • Tolerance
  • Dependence
  • Increased risk of HIV infections and Hepatitis
  • B and C (due to IV use)
  • Collapsed and scarred veins due to IV use
  • Muscle spasms
  • Coma
  • Death (usually by overdose)

What to Look For

  • Constricted pupils
  • Scars, sores, cuts, lesions, and/or “track marks” from IV use
  • Poor hygiene
  • Runny nose, constant sniffing, or nose-bleeds

Withdrawals Symptoms

  • Restlessness
  • Muscle and bone pain (body aches)
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Cold flashes with goose bumps
  • Muscle spasms

Note: Each person may experience different symptoms/effects. This list is not inclusive. For more information, visit www.drugabuse.gov