Heroin Is An Illegal And Addictive Drug

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Heroin is an illegal and really addictive drug. This drug is processed from morphine and is extracted from seed pod and varieties of poppy plants. People who sell this drug make it into a white powder or brownish powder that is “cut” with sugar, cornstarch, powdered milk or other products so it can be consumed in the streets. Pure heroin is a white powder. This drug can be snorted or smoked and may be more appealing to new users because it eliminates the stigma associated with the injection drug used call “black tar”. Heroin is sticky, like a roofing tar, and is predominantly produced in Mexico then sold in the United States. The black colors associated with black tar heroin result from a crude processing method that leaves behind impurities. Impure heroin is usually dissolved, diluted and injected into the veins, muscles or under the skin. According to national survey on drugs, there are between 500,000 to a million people in the U.S, between the ages of 12 to 25 that use or have used this drug. This is a really strong drug that kills a lot of people each year, approximately 5,000 to 8,000 of them overdose. The cost of this drug in the street is from $15.00 to $20.00 for a single dose.

Heroin was first synthesized from morphine in 1874. In fact, the company Bayer, famous for selling aspirin and alka- seltzer, started selling the wonder drug under the brand name “Heroin” in 1898. For the first 20 years after its first synthesis, heroin had been neglected. Then, Bayer…

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