Heroin DiacetylMorphine


Heroin is Schedule I in the United States. This means it is illegal to manufacture, buy, possess, or distribute without a DEA license. more...

Addictive Potential: High

Emergency Room Visits Yearly: 47,604 in 2003 more...

Mandatory Minimum Sentence: 5 years for 100-999 grams mixture

Mechanism of Action: Opioid Receptor Agonist - Increases Endorphin Levels


Heroin ((INN) Diacetylmorphine, (BAN) diamorphine) is a semi-synthetic opioid. It is the 3,6-diacetyl derivative of morphine (hence diacetylmorphine) and is synthesized from it by acetylation. The white crystalline form is commonly the hydrochloride salt, diacetylmorphine hydrochloride. more...

It mimics endorphin and thus causes a high sense of well-being when entered into the bloodstream (usually through injection). For this reason it can be used both as a pain-killer and a recreational drug. It has a high addiction potential, and frequent administration may cause a rapid development of tolerance by the user, especially when compared to other substances, though occasional use may not lead to symptoms of withdrawal.

Popular street names for heroin include gear, diesel, smack, B, skag, Bobby, black tar, horse, junk, jack, jenny, brown, brown sugar, dark, dope, dragon, bitch, gak, boy, and H. more...

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