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Heroin Addiction

Heroin is highly physically addictive, more so than morphine, and at par with nicotine. Regularity of use and the amount used are big factors in the development of addiction. Curiosity about this drug, which is also known as smack, Big H and horse, can lead to a person using it recreationally without intending to fall into addiction.


Heroin Basics

Heroin is a powerful, addictive painkilling drug. It is one of the most-used, most-rapidly acting, and most addictive of the opiate family, which includes opium, morphine, and codeine. All opiates are derived from opium, a naturally occurring juice extracted from the seed pod of certain varieties of poppy (Papaver somniferum and Papaver setigerum). Heroin or "diacetylmorphine" is a semi-synthetic derivative of morphine.


Heroin Drug Tests

Drug tests are becoming more common among employers who want to be sure that the person they are considering hiring or who is already on their roster of employees is not using any illegal substances. The issue of drug testing may come up as part of the hiring process. An employer may make a conditional offer of employment to a candidate, with the caveat that the individual must pass a drug test before starting work.


Heroin Effects

Heroin is an opioid - a very powerful painkiller. The body and the brain are packed with opioid receptors meant for endorphins, the body's own natural pain-killing substances produced in emergency moments of shock or injury. The body also produces this substance when an individual is engaging in physical activity, which is one reason why exercising regularly tends to make someone feel good. Endorphins are also produced when a person is under stress or when a pregnant woman goes into labor.


Heroin FAQ

» Will I became addicted after one dose of heroin? » If you don't inject heroin can you still become addicted? » What is "chasing the dragon?" » What does heroin do to the body? » What's the difference between brown and white heroin? » Is it true that heroin is stronger than it used to be? » Is it true that most addicts have HIV? » Where does heroin come from? » Why do heroin addicts use lemon? » Ask a question


Heroin FAQ

» Will I became addicted after one dose of heroin? » If you don't inject heroin can you still become addicted? » What is "chasing the dragon?" » What does heroin do to the body? » What's the difference between brown and white heroin? » Is it true that heroin is stronger than it used to be? » Is it true that most addicts have HIV? » Where does heroin come from? » Why do heroin addicts use lemon? » Ask a question


Heroin History

Heroin, like cocaine, tobacco and most illegal recreational drugs, began life as a 'wonder cure'. In 1900, the German pharmaceutical company Bayer came up with the brand name, Heroin, after heroisch, a German word for something with a pronounced effect even in small doses. It was used enthusiastically all over the world to treat respiratory diseases and even to combat morphine addiction, despite being twice as habit-forming itself. addictive Gradually however people began to notice heroin wasn't quite so wonderful. Patients tended to become highly addicted very quickly with pronounced withdrawal symptoms if the drug was taken away.


Heroin Is Harmless

At a hearing to determine the future of heroin on April 3rd 1924, a congressional committee heard evidence from many expert witnesses. The US surgeon general of the time, Rupert Blue, declared heroin "poisonous" and said it caused insanity. Dana Hubbard of the New York City health department concluded: "Heroin addicts spring from sin and crime...Society in general must protect itself from the influence of evil, and there is no greater peril than heroin" Unsurprisingly, the US banned heroin on the spot. Shortly afterwards they embarked on a worldwide campaign to eradicate this evil. Thus began the "War On Drugs". Problem was, nothing said at the hearing was true.


Heroin Overdose

Heroin works on the central nervous system. It slows down the heartbeat. Breathing is dramatically slowed as well. Consciousness may be lost. Any of these effects can be fatal if the dose is too high. Depending on purity and the user, a lethal dose of heroin may range from 200 to 500mg, but hardened addicts have survived doses of 1800mg and over. However, with street heroin there is no absolutely certain "safe dosage". It depends on tolerance, amount and purity taken. tolerance Overdose can occur when a dose taken is greater than what the user is used to. A tolerable dose for an addict could be fatal to a first-time user. Take a little to begin with and wait.



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