Heroin is a derivative of opium. The use of heroin was widely used in the 1800s and didn’t become illegal until the 1920 with the enactment of the Dangerous Drug Act. Between the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, heroin was available in over-the-counter drug kits (Narcon International). Shortly after the illegalization of heroin in 1920, it was estimated that there were 200,000 heroin addicts in the United States.
In the past decade there has been an alarming reoccurrence of heroin addiction among youth as a result of abuse and recreational use of prescription opiates, a derivative of opium as well. The opiate high from prescription opiates build a tolerance for the drug and the next step to achieve that high is the use of heroin.
Heroin is a white or brownish powder or a black sticky substance that is smoked, snorted, or injected. Overdose of heroin is extremely likely because heroin depresses breathing and affects cardiac functions. The strength of street heroin is unknown, and the amount of pure heroin in the product can kill a person.
The effects of heroin are a physical and mental rush, depressed breathing, drowsiness, nausea, and vomiting. Heroin is extremely addictive because of the rapid affects the drug has on the brain’s natural opiod receptors.
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