Heroin is the common name for diecetylemorphine or diamorphine. It belongs to a group of drugs known as opiates, so-called because they are natural products of the opium poppy (opiates also include opium, morphine and codeine). Heroin and other opiates form part of a larger family of drugs called ‘opioids’, the most well-known being methadone and oxycodone. 

  • What is heroin?
  • How many people use heroin?
  • What are the effects?
  • What are the risks?
  • Heroin and overdose
  • Treatment for heroin dependence