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Transcript of Heroin
Heroin is an opioid drug that is a naturally occuring substance that is extracted from the seed of the Asian opium poppy plant. It usally appears as a white or brown powder or as a black sticky substance, known as "black tar heroin".
How is it Used?
Heroin can be injected, snorted, sniffed and smoke. It can be injected into a vein or a muscle. It can be smoked in a pipe or mixed with a marijuana joint or cigarette. It can be inhaled or snorted through a straw.
Short Term Effects:
Clouded mental functioning
Nausea and vomiting
Punishment for Heroin Use
First time possession charge:
1 year in prison
Second tme possession charge:
2 years in prison
First time sale or manufacture charge:
Max. 15 years in prison
Second time sale or manufacture charge:
30 years in prison
History of Heroin
Heroin was originally called opium and it comes from the sap of opium poppies. It dates back to the Mesopotamia civilization around 3400 BC. Heroin, or opium was in used by the Egyptians and Persians, eventually spreading to parts of Europe and to India and China. The U.S. used it in the 1800s for therapeutic purposes including relieving pain in cancer, spasms from tetanus, and childbirth.
Long Term Effects:
Infectious disease (HIV, Hep. C from needles)
Infection of heart lining and valves
Liver and kidney disease
By: Marc Bilia, and Alex Roth
Heroin is most prevalent in Ohio, Kentucky, Alaska, Missouri, Oregon, and Indiana. In Georgia, heroin usage is very prevalent in Forsyth County GA.
Heroin was sold over the counter as a morphine in 1898 by Bayer Pharmaceuticals.