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Diacetylmorphine, heroin, is an opioid analgesic available since 1874. Studies show that 23 percent of people who try this drug even once will develop dependence to it. Anyone familiar with addiction needs no introduction to the insidious comeback drug, heroin, also known as H, smack, dope or white horse.

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About Heroin Drug Tests

Heroin vs. Morphine

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Why is heroin so addictive? Heroin, like all opioids, has a unique side effect on the brain. Although labeled an analgesic, it does more than just dull pain. That is what makes it such a popular and powerful street drug. However, compared to morphine, it is far more addictive.

It is easy to confuse these two drugs because they have the same basic core. Heroin is actually synthesized from morphine -- like dairy manufacturers synthesize butter from milk. Morphine, however, is a natural substance that comes from the opium poppy plant. Technically, heroin is a "prodrug" -- this means a substance that converts to a drug after it enters the body. Heroin will change to morphine once ingested, and is faster acting.

How Is Heroin Used?

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The variety of ingestion methodologies is one reason that heroin has such a following on the street. Users can inject, smoke or inhale it. Once in the blood, it travels to the brain rapidly to bind to opioid receptors and create a feeling of euphoria. Injecting, however, creates the most powerful effect, sending users a warm rush of bliss before they go "on the nod" -- a street term that refers to a drowsy state.

Heroin Side Effects

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Heroin is highly addictive. Once dependant, the users will experience harsh withdrawal without it. Heroine side effects and symptoms include:
  • Restlessness
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Goosebumps and chills
  • Thrashing and kicking
Heroin withdrawal is the source of many coined phrases associated with drug abuse. For example, kicking the habit refers to the involuntary kicking movements when coming off the opioid.

Signs of Heroin Overdose

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Heroin users build up a tolerance. The more addicted they become, the more it takes to get them high. For this reason, it is very easy to overdose, especially if attempting to break the dependence cycle. Heroin overdose is a medical emergency that can lead to death. Heroin overdose Symptoms include:
  • Shallow or no breathing
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Tongue discoloration
  • Weak pulse
  • Bluish tinge around the mouth and nails
  • Disorientation
  • Muscle spasms
  • Vomiting
  • Severe stomach cramps
  • Recognizing Heroin Addiction
The highly addictive nature of heroin means that signs of withdrawal appear within hours of the last use.  If you suspect heroin use or addiction in a worker or loved one, get them tested and/or into treatment immediately.

Drug Testing for Heroin

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Fortunately, it's easy to test for heroin. Health Street has many options for heroin drug testing including virtually all of our urine and hair drug tests.

Urine Drug Testing

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Heroin is considered a basic opiate. Any of Health Street's urine drug testing panels include heroin, and can detect usage in the most recent past, up to a week.

Hair Drug Tests

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An extended (90 day) look-back at heroin usage (and other basic opiates) is included in all of our hair follicle drug tests.