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An introduction to Heroin- The use of hard drugs in America is on a steady rise Heroin is one of the biggest reasons for this Heroin is one of the most dangerous highly addictive drugs on the black market today A board member on the National Institute of Health estimated that there are currently about 600000 heroin addicts in the US alone Only an estimated 115000 thousand of those addicts have been admitted into a treatment program As the demand grows greater for this substance the purity gets greater the market gets bigger and the problem gets worse Heroin is an illegal highly addictive drug It is both the most abused and the most rapidly growing drug in the opiate family It is typically sold as a white or brownish powder There is also a form that is black and sticky known on the streets as black tar heroin Opiates are drugs that are derived from a naturally occurring substance found in the poppy plant Although the purity of the heroin that reaches the streets is becoming greater most street heroin is cut or diluted Usually this is done with another drug or a substance such as sugar starch powdered milk or quinine Street heroin can also be cut with strychnine or other poisons The reason heroin is one of the most deadly drugs is because there are varying rates at which the drug is diluted Therefore a user never knows exactly how pure the drug is hence they do not know how much of the drug they should take often leading to an overdose Like alcohol heroin is a depressant that slows down all the body functions But heroin differs from alcohol in two very significant ways It does not destroy body organs like the liver or kidney the way alcohol does That is why heroin dependency can last for years Second an abuser usually does not die from the symptoms experienced from
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