Heroin is known around the world as one of the most addictive and dangerous illegal drugs; since it was first produced and brought onto the market at the end of the 19th century. It has been responsible for the destruction and premature end of countless lives. Heroin’s effects take hold very quickly (intravenous use in particular has an almost instantaneous effect) and comprise a profound feeling of relaxed euphoria, wellbeing and contentment which typically persists for up to a couple of hours (though the peak effects do not usually last that long.
Yet, despite this grim record, the terrifying reputation it has engendered, and the efforts of governments and judiciaries in every corner of the planet to restrict and discourage its use (including the imposition of extremely severe criminal penalties), each year the allure of this “demon drug” proves too strong to resist for many thousands of users. A tragically large proportion of them will go on to develop addictions with all the terrible consequences this entails. If you or someone close to you is struggling with a heroin addiction, don’t delay: contact an addiction specialist today as the first step along the path to recovery.
What Is Heroin?
“Heroin” is the brand name given in 1895 by German pharmaceutical company Bayer to diamorphine, an opioid (a drug derived from the opium poppy) made from morphine (which was already widely available as a medicine, as well as a substance of recreational use and abuse).
Usually found as a powder (commonly brown, although especially pure heroin is often white), heroin is often injected (it is the substance most commonly associated in the public eye with intravenous drug abuse) although it can also be smoked, snorted or inhaled (with these methods usually being deployed by newcomers to the drug).