Heroin is a drug manufactured from morphine, which is obtained from the opium poppy. Its effects are similar to those of morphine. Both are central nervous system depressants, and very effective painkillers.
World No Tobacco Day
World No Tobacco Day takes place around the world on May 31 each year. The aim of the day is to inform people about the dangers of smoking. You can find out more about the benefits of not smoking on our website.
Information for parents and carers
Young people take drugs for much the same reasons as older people however for young people the consequences can be much worse. Childhood and adolescence are critical times for brain development, and the brain is more sensitive to the influences of drugs and alcohol during these periods.