Heroin is a relatively pricey drug, however, even after a person uses it for the first time, he/she will most likely become addicted to the heroin effects that are felt. The idea of 'heroin sheik' was popularized through advertising and films in the eighties and early nineties and told viewers that heroin effects such as losing one's appetite and becoming ghastly and pale were attractive. In reality, a heroin user's body is unable to function normally, and once heroin is put into the body the person no longer has any desires but to find more of the drug.

Heroin can be smoked, snorted and injected intravenously, however the heroin effects felt from injecting the drug are often more intense, therefore more desirable. In recent years, with the large outbreak of drug-related HIV and AIDS cases, users have tried to be more cautious and have looked to snorting and smoking as alternatives. Aside from the heroin effects risk of contracting incurable and fatal diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, the drug's addictive quality makes it extremely difficult for a user to ever try to stop.


If and when a person comes down off heroin, he/she will experience a painful period from detoxing off of the heroin effects. Withdrawal symptoms can include diarrhea, convulsions, vomiting, and uncontrollable body movements. These heroin effects are quit possibly some of the most uncomfortable, however they will only last for a few days and can be effectively treated with a medical detox and drug treatment.


The following are some of the common physical effects of heroin:

Tremors (shaking)



Coordination becoming worse

Breathing problems

Depressed Reflexes

Dry mouth

Slows down reaction time

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