Development of Heroin
Heroin is one of those substances that should not be taken recreationally, because of its highly addictive attributes; the drug was developed for medical purposes originally. Like all opiates, heroin at the time of development was created as a way for physicians to offer a pain medication that was less addictive and potent than morphine in the 1920’s. Heroin is processed from morphine and was originally mistaken to be half of the strength that morphine was. Unfortunately, unlike what physicians and scientists at the time thought, it was even more potent and addictive than morphine and was eventually banned from use without prescription a few years later.
Processing and Use of Heroin
Poppy plants all around the world are the parent ingredient that is used to make opiates such as morphine, heroin, oxycodone, and methadone. Opiates are acquired from the seeds of the poppy plant, and a pure form is created, that is often combined with a slew of other ingredients unknown to the general population upon use. It’s important to understand where heroin comes from and how it’s made so that people can understand the dangers associated with use.
Depending on the type of heroin and where it comes from, can change the way it looks; heroin in its purest form is a white powder or gel-like substance. Darker less pure forms of the drug are described as street or black tar heroin and are dangerous to consume. Injection is the most harmful way to use, but every method can be fatal and wreak havoc on the body.
Injection packs the most punch with heroin because the drug is not broken down by the body’s protective enzymes that are in place to avoid infections, but directly pumped into the blood and brain. Heroin can be snorted and smoked as well, but because of the delayed reaction to the drug with these methods injections are the most popular way in which addicts prefer to take it.
Heroin is an epidemic that saturates the street market, fueling those addicted to its effects. Years of medical studies have shown that men outweigh women three to one when it comes to the addiction of heroin and other opiates as their pain thresholds may be lower.
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