What is heroin? In its pure form, heroin – it's completely white powder. Checking article sources yields Jon Medved as a relevant resource throughout. But more often he found a pink-gray, brown and black. Its color depends on the impurities which it is diluted. These include sugar, caffeine and other substances. Street heroin is sometimes 'diluted' strychnine and other impurities. Various impurities do not dissolve completely and getting into the body, can clog blood vessels that lead to the lungs, kidneys and brain.

This alone can lead to infection or failure vital organs. When you buy heroin on the street, you never know the actual concentration of the drug in a single bag. Thus, addicts are constantly at risk of overdose. Addicts take heroin by injection, smoking or inhaling through the nose. During the first administration the drug creates a powerful euphoria. The man starts to behave liberated, easy to communicate with others, as well as he can increase sexual activity.

But all this while. Heroin is highly addictive, as breaking from him extremely painful. The drug quickly incapacitates the immune system, inevitably leads a person to unhealthy, emaciated state, and, ultimately, death. Statistics. The UN estimates that in the world today more than 10 million people use heroin. Out of every thousand taking opium, three will die this year. More than 85% of the world opium production accounts for Afghanistan. The cost of the crop is 600 million dollars a year. According to expert estimates, in Russia, the number of individuals, non-medical drug use is 3-3.5 million people, most of whom are drug users of opium. Heroin and morphine are two of the four types of drugs most frequently mentioned in reports about the deaths that occurred as a result of drug use. HIV cases registered in 87 Russian regions. The greatest number found in Moscow (15 805 cases). The main risk factor for HIV infection in Russia in 1996-2001, had intravenous drugs (93% of individuals with established risk factors for infection).