What is heroin?

  • (noun): A narcotic that is considered a hard drug; a highly addictive morphine derivative; intravenous injection provides the fastest and most intense rush.
    Synonyms: diacetylmorphine


Heroin (diacetylmorphine or morphine diacetate (INN)), also known as diamorphine (BAN), is an opiate analgesic synthesized by C.R. Alder Wright in 1874 by adding two acetyl groups to the molecule morphine found in the opium poppy. It is the 3,6-diacetyl ester of morphine, and functions as a morphine prodrug (meaning that it is metabolically converted to morphine inside the body in order for it to work).

Read more about Heroin.

Some articles on heroin:

Sam Stone (song)
... The song can be interpreted as a reference to the phenomenon of heroin or morphine addiction and subsequent heroin addiction among Vietnam war veterans ... reference to morphine but Prine alludes to heroin on several occasions including the use of the term "habit," slang commonly associated with heroin use, and the ...
List Of Intervention Episodes - Season 9: 2010
... Three months after that, he briefly relapsed on heroin ... before it's too late 7 ... "Joe" self-asphyxiation, heroin August 9, 2010 (2010-08-09) Though he grew up in a close-knit family, Joe has felt lonely and ... In high school, Joe discovered drugs and alcohol he began using heroin at 18 and has been addicted for the past six years ...
Salvatore Ruggiero - Ending His Obsession With Speed
... He was dealing in heroin that made him one of the largest and wealthiest dealers in New York that included Gerlando Sciascia, Alphonse Indelicato, Cesare Bonventre and others who would ... selling a range of drugs, from major shipments of marijuana, to heroin and cocaine ... His prime heroin supplier was Gerlando Sciascia ...
Controlled Substances In Oregon - Specific Drugs - Heroin
... In the 1990s, potent and inexpensive heroin became widely available in Portland heroin use in Multnomah County rose 600% during that decade ... According to police, in 2008, heroin became more plentiful in Oregon in response to a crackdown on methamphetamine ... In 2007, 115 heroin overdoses resulted in death, up 29% from 2006 ...

Famous quotes containing the word heroin:

    Who lives longer: the man who takes heroin for two years and dies, or the man who lives on roast beef, water and potatoes till ninety-five? One passes his twenty-four months in eternity. All the years of the beef-eater are lived only in time.
    Aldous Huxley (1894–1963)

    It is not heroin or cocaine that makes one an addict, it is the need to escape from a harsh reality. There are more television addicts, more baseball and football addicts, more movie addicts, and certainly more alcohol addicts in this country than there are narcotics addicts.
    Shirley Chisholm (b. 1924)

    Saigon was an addicted city, and we were the drug: the corruption of children, the mutilation of young men, the prostitution of women, the humiliation of the old, the division of the family, the division of the country—it had all been done in our name.... The French city ... had represented the opium stage of the addiction. With the Americans had begun the heroin phase.
    James Fenton (b. 1949)