At first glance, this children’s education centre looks similar to any other. Its walls are decorated with pupils’ paintings. Fairy-tale books are piled up everywhere. Children of all ages are running around, dancing, laughing and playing.
Heroin, also known as diamorphine, is an opiate drug that is synthesized from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of the Asian opium poppy plant. It can be injected, snorted/sniffed, or smoked, all of which rapidly deliver the drug to the brain. Once in the brain it is converted to morphine and binds to receptors known as opioid receptors - primarily those involved in the perception of pain and in reward - often resulting in addiction.