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Heroin is a natural opiate made from morphine (opiates dull pain). Morphine is extracted from the opium poppy. Like many drugs made from opium, including synthetic opioids (e.g. methadone) heroin is a very strong painkiller. ‘Street' heroin sold as ‘brown' is sometimes used by clubbers as a chill out after a big night out. Brown is still Heroin but some people mistakenly think it's not as addictive.
Slang: Street names for drugs can vary around the country. Brown, skag, H, horse, gear, smack.
• Deaths from overdoses occur. But the risk increases after a period off the drug because the body's tolerance for the drug goes down.
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