Heroin is a highly addictive, dangerous drug

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Heroin is an extremely addictive, illegal drug. It is made from the resin of poppy plants, and it is used by millions around the world. No matter how it is administered, once a person becomes addicted to heroin, using the drug becomes their primary purpose in life.

History of Heroin

It was first manufactured in 1874 by the Bayer Pharmaceutical Company of Germany. During the civil war, morphine was heavily used to relieve pain, leaving thousands addicted. Heroin then came in as a treatment for morphine addiction, however later proved to be even more addictive than morphine. It was able to be sold legally until 1920, when Congress enacted the Dangerous Drug Act. This law made purchase of these drugs illegal. Unfortunately, the law was passed too late. An estimated 200,000 heroin addicts were in the country in 1925.

How Heroin is Taken

Heroin can be injected with a needle, snorted, or smoked. Pure heroin is easier to snort and is a more appealing option for new users. Heroin can also be injected with a needle, but it is a longer process. You have to clean a spoon, put the heroin on top, add water to the heroin, then heat it to help it dissolve. Add a small cotton ball to absorb the heroin. Push a syringe to the center of the cotton ball, and suck in the heroin. If the whole needle isn’t in the vein, a heroin blister will occur, which takes hours for the body to absorb.

Some Slang Terms

Smack, Chiva, Mud, H, Junk, Dope, Tar, Brown sugar, Dragon, Chiba, Skag, China Horse

Short Terms Effects

Abusers typically report feeling a "rush" of pleasurable sensation. The intensity of the rush is a function of how much drug is taken and how fast the drug enters the brain. The rush is usually accompanied by a warm flushing of the skin, dry mouth, a heavy feeling in limbs, nausea, vomiting, and severe itching.

Long Terms Effects

Repeated heroin use changes the physical structure and physiology of the brain, creating long-term damage so it that is not easily reversed. Deterioration of the brain’s decision-making abilities, ability to regulate behavior, and responses to stressful situations occur. Heroin also produces huge amounts of tolerance and physical dependence, which can result in withdrawals if not used frequently. Withdrawal can happen within a few hours after the last time the drug is taken. You can feel restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes with goose bumps, and leg spasms. Intense withdrawal symptoms peak between 24–48 hours after the last dose of heroin and subside after about a week.


As of 2011, the estimated amount of Americans who have taken heroin is 4.2 million people, or 1.6% of the population. The drug has effects that extend beyond the user, making it even worse. It can lead to AIDS, child defects, crime and violence, and can be linked to billions of dollars worth of destruction each year.