Also Known As: Kit, Smack, Skag, H, Junk, Gear

Category: Depressant

Heroin ranges from a white to dark brown powder. Some heroin comes in a brown/black form that looks like hard toffee.

Smoked, dissolved or injected.

Slows the brain, heart rate and breathing. Effects can make the user relaxed, drowsy and numb, detached from worry, and oblivious to pain.

Short term: There is a risk of drug overdose, possibly leading to coma or death, especially in those with low tolerance or when injected. Heroin is often mixed with domestic household substances and other additives which can be harmful.

Naloxone is a prescription only medicine that can temporarily reverse the effect of heroin or opioid overdose, in Scotland drug users and their families/peers can request a Naloxone kit. More information on how and where to get naloxone is available at:

Long term: Heroin is addictive and larger and more frequent doses may be needed to feel ‘normal’. Injecting can damage veins; sharing needles can spread hepatitis and HIV.

Heroin is a class A drug. This means that it’s illegal to possess it, give it away or supply it. Possessing it can lead to a prison sentence of up to 7 years or an unlimited fine or both. Supplying (which includes giving it to a friend) could lead to a life sentence or an unlimited fine or both.

Remember: Having a criminal record can make it difficult for you to get a job or visa if you want to travel abroad.

What’s the difference between possession & supply (dealing)? What happens if you’re under 16? Learn more about drugs and the law.

Needles, syringes, spoon, lighter or candle.