Heroin (chemical name: diacetylmorphine, DAM) is a semisynthetic substance, belongs to the group of opioids (painkillers) and is produced from raw opium, a substance extracted from opium poppy.
Opioid agonists (formerly: substitutes; drugs used to treat heroin addiction)
Methadone, sustained-release morphine (e.g., Sevre Long®, MST®, Kapanol®), buprenorphine (e.g., Subutex®), levomethadone (L Polamidon®), and diacetylmorphine (Diaphin). These medications are opioids used for stabilization in heroin addiction. For users who are not used to opiates, their use even in small amounts can be life-threatening (severe respiratory depression, risk of suffocation) and the same side effects apply as described below.
If you or someone else needs urgent help after taking drugs or alcohol, call an ambulance on 144. Tell the emergency responders everything you know.
It could save lives.