can be classified as a diamorphine or as an opioid. Heroin was ironically created in an attempt to cure the current Morphine abuse epidemic in 1898. What resulted was an increase of opium abuse, destroying lives and brain cells in the process.
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Heroin being an opioid means it naturally comes from Opium Poppies. After the poppies are ready for harvest, the resin or opium "gum" is taken to be processed in a secretive lab somewhere.
There are different methods Opium can be used as a medication. Primarily, morphine is used on severely wounded subjects to ease pain. It becomes illegal when it gets abused.
Why is it addictive?
Pleasure can be a double edged sword. There is no safe way of using heroin or any of its Opioid based cousins. They take control of your brain's Dopamine and Endorphins production system, rigging your feel of pleasure.
Why do these production systems even exist in the first place you may ask. It is normally used as a reward system, releasing dopamine when basic actions needed for survival are completed; like eating.
Morphine, named after the Greek god of dreams, Morpheus was 10x more pleasurable and relaxing than raw Opium. Thus, it became 10x addictive. Opium based drugs cause brain cell damage, can collapse veins, kidney disease, liver disease, and many other horrific side effects that anybody sane would hope to avoid.
In the end,
"Out of everyone who tries heroin for the first time, nearly one in four become addicted."
"From a flower, to one of the worst outbreaks of SUD in the 1970s, enter the story of Opium."