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What is Heroin?
(Source: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – CAMH)
Street names: junk, H, smack, horse, skag, dope, brown sugar / china white
Heroin is a dangerous and illegal drug with a high addictive potential. It is also an effective painkiller. Heroin belongs to the opioid family of drugs which includes “opiates,” such as morphine and codeine, which are natural compounds found in the opium poppy.
Exchange Works is Halton’s Needle Exchange Program. As part of this program, outreach workers and public health nurses operate a mobile outreach service in Halton where they exchange used needles for new clean needles, provide health information to clients, distribute condoms, and make referrals to drug and alcohol treatment centres.
- In 2009-2011, 12% (±2) of Halton residents and 12% (±1) of Ontario residents aged 15 and over reported illicit drug use [including cannabis] in the past 12 months
- The numbers for illicit drugs used by Halton residents, other than cannabis, were too small to report.
- In 2009-2011, Halton males aged 15 and older [21% (±6)] were significantly more likely than Halton females [8% (±3)] to report illicit drug use in the past 12 months
- In 2009-2011, 32% (±9) of Halton youth (aged 15 to 24), 10% (±3) of Halton adults aged 25-44 and 8% (±4) of adults aged 45-64 reported illicit drug use in the past 12 months. These differences were statistically significant when comparing youth aged 15 to 24 to adults aged 25-64
- In 2009-2011, residents aged 15 and over in Halton Hills [21% (±8)] had higher rates of illicit drug use in the past 12 months than residents in the other municipalities. The differences were statistically significant when comparing Halton Hills with Milton [7% (±4)]
- In 2009-2011, the percent of residents aged 15 and over who reported illicit drug use in the past 12 months or cannabis only use in the past 12 months did not vary significantly by income