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In James Baldwins Sonnys Blues Sonny was addicted to heroin He states I cant get anything straight in my head down here and I try not to think whats going to happen to me when I get outside again Sometimes I think Im going to flip and never get outside and sometimes I think Ill come straight back Ill tell you one think though Id rather blow my brains out then go through this again84 Here Sonny is going through one of the stages of heroin He is going through the withdrawal stage and he is hurting at this point Sonny knows he has to get over it he also knows he can Heroin is a very addictive drug and has many short and long term effects The definition of heroin described by Kuhn is Heroin or any drug natural or synthetic that provides the characteristics of opiate actions thee combination of a dreamy euphoric state lessened sensation of pain slowed breathing constipation and pinpoint pupils164 Heroin makes about 90 of the opiates used illegally in the United States Heroin is extremely addictive Users can be addictive in a matter of days in which they started 165 There are many short-term effects of heroin As soon as heroin enters the blood stream it is converted into morphine which is a pain reliever From a personal interview I learned that seconds after the drug is injected a pleasant feeling takes place it starts at the stomach and is spread through the body personal interview A heavy enough dose can leave a person unconscious This intense feeling of euphoria last only a few minutes Then it is followed by hours of decreased sensation usually followed by sleep personal interview Some words to describe the experience are peaceful painless protected warmth and worry free personal interview For the first time users of heroin it can be unpleasant This is because they are not used to sticking themselves
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