HEROIN FACT SHEET
-long sleeves even in hot weather
-bruises or red irritation on arms or hands
-hang-up phone calls
-itching constantly, picking at face
-constantly sick: yawning, achy, shivering
-withdrawal from friends/family
-missing items from home, pawn receipts
TYPES OF HEROIN
1)CHINA WHITE, off-white in color-Most common form in St. Louis
2)BROWN, mustard brown color
3)BLACK TAR, crude tar texture-Previously common form, not very available in St. Louis
LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF HEROIN USE
-collapsed veins -bacterial infections -abscesses -infection of heart lining
-arthritis and other rheumatologic problems -infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, Hep B and C
-Bad teethInflammation of the gums -Constipation -Cold sweats -Itching -Weakening of the immune system --Coma -Respiratory (breathing) illnesses -Muscular weakness, partial paralysis -Reduced sexual capacity and long-term impotence in men -Menstrual disturbance in women -Inability to achieve orgasm (women and men) -Loss of memory and intellectual performance -Introversion -Depression -Pustules on the face -Loss of appetite -Insomnia
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HEROIN STREET NAMES
Shoe, Boy, Scat, Tar, China, China White, Dope, Brown, Capital H, Cookdown, Big H, Smack, Scag, "H", Hero, Black, Mud, Button, Bindle, Balloon, Horse, Jack, Concrete, Cheese, Bean, Junk, Black Tar.
COST OF HEROIN
As little as $5-$10 per button or bean.
METHODS OF USE
1) Sniffed-Sniffed in powder form. Heroin is usually cut with sleeping pills and/or other narcotics and sniffed through straws or rolled-up pieces of paper/money.
2) Smoked-Heroin is placed on an aluminum foil and evaporated with heat. Smoke is then inhaled through a straw. Also called 'chasing the dragon.'
3) Injected-User injects heroin using a syringe directly into their vein. Needles are purchased at local pharmacies.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR
-water bottle caps
(used to suction water into needle)
-spoons or torn apart soda cans
(used to cook heroin with)
-hollowed-out pens(to snort heroin through)
-aluminum foil (gum wrappers)
(used to smoke heroin with also called "chasing the dragon")
-shoestrings, belts with bite marks, elastic bands, straws, rolled up paper
(all used to inject or snort)
-candles or lighters
-small Ziploc baggies, balloons, empty pill capsules
-small rolled up pieces of cotton
(used to filter heroin through)
-black ash on tables, clothes, carpet
(from bottom of 'cooking' spoon)
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