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Heroin the narcotic derivative of the opium poppy plant poses grave threat to our society It is a highly addictive drug and its presence and use is a serious problem in America Heroin addiction causes crime as its result as well as danger to users families and others As evidenced by crime and health reports heroin is a clear and present danger to society due to its devastating health consequences increasing abuse and continuing expanded availability The by-product of this opiate drug is derived naturally and extracted from the seedpod of the Asian poppy plant It usually appears as a white or dark brown powder Pure heroin is a white powder with a bitter taste Most heroin is distributed in powder form and may vary in color because of impurities left from the manufacturing process or the presence of additives It is packaged for distribution in small postage stamp sized plastic bags They are sold individually for 10 dollars or 180 dollars for a bundle of 20 Street names include smack H junk horse and tar Most users dissolve it in water and then use a needle to inject it directly into a vein The effect of the powerful narcotic properties of heroin appears soon after a single dose and disappears in a few hours After injecting heroin the user reports feeling a surge of euphoria or rush accompanied by a warm flushing of the skin and heavy extremities Following this initial euphoria the user goes on the nod an alternately wakeful and drowsy state Mental functioning becomes clouded due to its effects on the central nervous system Resulting long-term effects of heroin appear after repeated use Chronic users develop collapsed veins abscesses bacterial infections heart complications including various types of blood and airborne infectious diseases It follows that many heroin addicts are HIV positive or have AIDS In addition heroin may have additives that do not readily dissolve and result in
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