The short-term effects include euphoria, warm flushing of the skin, dry mouth, heavy feeling in the hands and feet, clouded thinking, alternate wakeful & drowsy states, itching, nausea, vomiting, slowed breathing & heart rate.
The intense warm feeling lasts from anywhere from 3 to 10 hours, the euphoric feelings begin after 7-8 seconds after person injects.
The long-term effects are collapsed veins, abscesses (swollen tissue with pus), infection of the lining of the heart valves, constipation and stomach cramps, liver and kidney damage, pneumonia.
There are other health related medical issues related to this drug. They include premature delivery, if pregnant, low birth weight, risk of HIV, hepatitis and other infectious diseases from sharing needles & death.
The symptoms of withdrawal include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes, leg movements.
Heroin is snorted, smoked or injected.
Heroin comes in white or brownish powder or a black sticky substance.