Heroin, also known as diamorphine among other names, is an opiate typically used as a recreational drug for its euphoric effects. Medically it is occasionally used to relieve pain and as a form of opioid replacement therapy alongside counseling.
What drug class is heroin in?: Heroin is a class A Drug
Is it legal?: Heroin is illegal on the streets but in it is prescribed to you which is very rare, it can be legal.
Slang Terms: Dope, Smack and Dragon, Blow and Chiba
Synthetic or organic?: Heroin has the ability to be synthetic and organic
Heroin is classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 and as such has no acceptable medical use in the United States.
Heroin is usually white in color but it does change when melted for injection in which it turns into a brown/dirty yellow color.
The drug Heroin is used by injection of the veins, orally though pill, smoked or snorted nasally.
In the mid to late 1800’s, opium was a fairly popular drug. Opium dens were scattered throughout what we know today as the wild west. The opium influx during this period was due in large part to the drug being brought into the country via Chinese immigrants who came here to work on the railroads.
Heroin was known as the cure for all types of physical and mental ailments ranging from alcohol withdrawal to cancer, depression, sluggishness, coughs, colds, tuberculosis and even old age.
Heroin is highly addictive and fatal. Tolerance for not having it is extremely uncommon an some symptoms of withdrawal include, nausea, abdominal pain, sweating, shaking, nervousness, agitation, depression, muscle spasm, drug cravings and even relapse.
Short Term Effects: Short term effects of heroin are that when enters the brain, it is converted to morphine and binds rapidly to opioid receptors. Abusers typically report feeling a surge of pleasurable sensation—a “rush.” The intensity of the rush is a function of how much drug is taken and how rapidly the drug enters the brain and binds to the opioid receptors.
Long Term Effects: Some long term effects of heroin are addiction, infectious disease, collapsed veins, bacterial infections, abscesses, Infection of heart lining and valves arthritis and, other rheumatologic problems. These complications can lead to serious medical problems and even death.
It’s not well-known that heroin abuse damages the brains of users. A study stated that “brain disintegration becomes apparent very soon after chronic heroin abuse.” Brain damage also results from non-fatal overdoses and head injuries that are more likely to occur in an impaired person (especially polydrug abusers). Remnants of injuries that trace back to a lack of oxygen to the brain, either from these overdoses or injuries, are commonly found in long-term heroin addicts.
Some facts about heroin are An estimated 13.5 million people in the world take opioids (opium-like substances), including 9.2 million who use heroin. Most of in is coming from Afghanistan. It takes up 18% of rehabilitation treatment in America. Heroin is used as a medicine as a substitute for morphine. Children as young as the age of 12 are using heroin, although the population has decreased there are still a lot of younger aged people using heroin.
Rock star P!nk “I overdosed in ’95, and then I never took drugs again, ever.” “Heroin is a horrible thing. I’ve seen first hand what it can do to people and it’s not pretty. I was never that much into it to need treatment. She also lost three close friends to the drug. She recently told Britain’s The New Review (speaking about her daughter), “No, she is never gonna touch heroin. I’m gonna make sure of it. And if she wants to hate me for it, that’s fine.” This statement proves her full recovery and examples on how bad she feels about the drug.
A negative viewpoint i have on heroin would be the fact that they can kill you,. This is an important factor because people are dying and that is not a good look to society because our population is decreasing. The dangers of drugs especially drugs like heroin will never have a non-negative impact on society because of the death rate from usage. This drug will also destroy brain cells and can give you brain damage.
Communities are affected by individual actions by the fact that if one person uses heroin people that are not from that community will think that all of the people in that community do drugs. These assumptions put a bad name on certain areas.
Society can respond to the problems with drug abuse by making help more available and/or reliable. This will help because data statistics state that 90% of people that need rehabilitation do not receive it. Plus, we could encourage the influences (rappers, singers,etc.) to stop doing these things because young children look up to. This will give a more positive look on rappers and a more negative impact on drugs.