Heroin- "A highly addictive analgesic drug derived from morphine, often used illicitly as a narcotic producing euphoria." Heroin has a lot of street names such as Dope, Dragon, Smack, Tar, and Junk, etc. Heroin is an Opiate drug, that means that it can relief you from pain, euphoria, sedation, and increased doses induce coma.
Heroin is a white powder that is put to a boil until it is a dark brown/ yellow color. People take a syringe and fill it up with the liquid that gets injected into a vain in someones body.
Heroin was invented in 1874 by Germany. It was shipped to the United States and was marketed towards doctors saying it was a "safe, non-addictive" replacement for morphine. It was later allowed to be a over the counter prescribed drug until 1920 when a set of laws banned Heroin from being sold.
Even though it was claimed to not an addictive drug, it was very addictive, by the time it was stopped being legally sold in 1920, there were as much as 200,000 heroin addicts in the United States. It's a market that still persists to this day.
The effects Heroin has on the body include regulated pain and hormone release, it stimulates the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, causing a sensation of pleasure for the user. The short-term effects for heroin users include usually being drowsy for several hours, mental function is clouded, heart function slows, and breathing is also slowed, sometimes even enough to be life-threatening. The long-term effects for heroin users include bad teeth, weakening of the immune system, reduced sexual capability, loss of memory, and depression. It can also make the brain more prone to injuries and if combined with smoking, can cause weakness and hand tremor.
Kurt Cobain was the front man for the band Nirvana. He used heroin as a pain reliever for his chronic stomach condition, he went to rehab in 1992 after learning he was going to be a father, but soon started to use heroin again after his rehab until he killed himself at the age of 27.