Heroin and Opiate Addiction

Heroin and other opiates are sedative drugs that deprive the nervous system, slow the function of the organism and combat emotional and physical pain. Generally, opiates block pain messages, creating a false sense of calm and increasing the sensation of pleasure in the brain. The most common effect of heroin is the feeling of relaxation, warmth and indifference, together with a reduction of anxiety.

Common opiates include: codeine, morphine, oxycodone, oxycontin, Percocet, Percodan, Ultram and Vicodin.


  • Can lead directly to death.
  • Bacterial infections of blood vessels.
  • Abscesses and other soft tissue infections.
  • Large and blocked veins.
  • Infectious diseases such as hepatitis or HIV/AIDS.
  • Cardiac valve infections.
  • Muscle and joint problems.
  • Kidney and liver diseases.
  • Lung damage, including pneumonia and tuberculosis.