Central nervous system depressant, analgesic.
Tablets, white (5mg) and peach coloured (10mg). As a clear liquid for injection (ampoules).
Intense exhilaration (rush) when injected, euphoria, reduced anxiety.
Drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations, nausea, vomiting, constipation.
Treatment of moderate or severe pain.
High potential for overdose, tolerance, accidents.
Dependence if injected, damage to circulation, blocked veins, ulcers, gangrene (often leading to amputations).
Class A under the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1971.
How is it taken?
Orally, or the tablets are crushed and injected.
If tablets are injected: needles and syringes, water, matches or lighter, spoon, tourniquet.
Where does it come from?
Diverted from manufacturers, pharmacies, GPs prescriptions.
This is one of a range of opioids which include diconal and methadone which are used as and when they become available. Users of these opioids - the majority of whom are regular injectors - are seen by the whole range of drug counselling, drug dependency clinics and other helping services described in the main or "home" page of this program.