“Over 281,000 people went to go get help to get over heroin addiction. When they first meet heroin they believed that it wouldn’t be more addictive but they were wrong they ended up running there life’s and they all n... ... middle of paper ... ...rrowing money from the wrong people. Some gamblers start drinking a lot and become alcoholics drinking too much while gambling. In conclusion addition come in different ways, addition can become addicted in so many were for the little’s things even when they first meet the addition they thought that it wouldn’t get them addicted any type of things are addicted anything!! Just if you realize before you’re too late go get medical help from a doctor family anyone that can help.
The drug is no longer used for a medical purposes but is still present in the legal drug selling market. Many countries have stiff penalties if caught in possession of or are selling heroin, because this drug is listed as a Class A drug (“Opium, Morphine, Heroin”, n.d.). The physical and chemical properties make heroin a desirable drug. It is highly addictive and fast acting, which lure users in. The first time one uses the drug it is said to cause disagreeable feelings and nausea.
Heroin was originally synthesized in 1874 by a man named C.R Alder Wright. Created as a solution to opium, a drug that had plagued many American households. It was originally produced for medical purposes evidently becoming highly addictive. Heroin “... was originally marketed as a non-addictive substance” (“History of Addiction”) which inevitably increased its popularity. It became especially popular in places of poverty.
Its usage in modern times is controversial, and in recent years the American Medical Association, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and other pharmaceutical organizations have issued statements opposing its usage for medical reasons. From the early 1900s to the 1950s marijuana, opium, and coc... ... middle of paper ... ...y lower the IQ of teen users by up to eight points. With marijuana being easier and easier to get on the streets, medical marijuana is now thrown into this, making most teens simple access to marijuana. Others are concerned that heavy marijuana use will lead to marijuana addiction in the user and a lower quality of life as well as health problems, financial issues and more life problems. The flashy marketing attached to marijuana laced drinks and baked goods appear to be marketed towards teens and this is disturbing to many.
Many people are trying it, especially teenagers, without realizing it is easy to become addicted. According to Thomas Mitchell, the Chief Probation Officer of the Norfolk County Juvenile Court, 10 to 12 years ago heroin was 18 percent pure. Today in New England it is 60 to 80 percent pure and has become a white, middle class drug. In the Norfolk Counties, officials are dealing with high numbers of cases involving heroin and teenagers. The age of someone addicted to heroin is constantly dropping, Mitchell said.
As early as, 1810 morphine an opium derivative was being used and marketed as a wonder drug for pain. However, many patients developed an addiction problem as a result of using morphine. Around 1874, heroin, considered a new drug and the answer to the morphine addiction was invented by a German physician. This new wonder drug was imported to America shortly after its invention. (Heilig) (Narconon) Physicians in America thought this new drug was the solution to the increasing number of morphine addicted patients.
Opium was used as a headache medicine, pain reliever or even a stress reliever. The use of opium has even been used up until recently in the civil war in the United States, even former President Harrison was given opium to try and help with pneumonia. Opium is also the plant that morphine is derived from, which is used in the medical field today as a powerful pain reliever. Drugs ... ... middle of paper ... ...cs in those towns where the crime is more likely to happen, especially violent crimes such as Home Invasions. With higher crime rates and low solvability rates makes the law enforcement agencies look bad and may affect grants that they may receive.
Before drug regulations, it was seen as harmless behavior. Since the 1930s, prescription drug abuse has only spiraled upwards and for the wrong reasons, “Participants reported nonmedical use of prescription drugs to change mood, to facilitate activity, and to monitor the intake of other substances,” (Silva np). Small doses lead to larger doses, often followed by use of more flagrant substances such as cocaine and heroin. The statistics are ghastly, “46% of children under age 18 (34.4 million) live in a household where someone 18 or older is smoking, drinking excessively, misusing prescription drugs or using illegal drugs,” (CASA Colombia). This is an extreme crisis, and it’s not one without consequences.
In the 1850’s, opium addiction was a major problem in the United States. To help reduce the rates, opium addicts were provided with morphine. The idea behind their logic was that it was less potent and a non-addictive substitute. Scientists and doctors quickly learned this was not the case as morphine addiction became a bigger issue than opium addiction. This morphine substitute was heroin (The Truth about Heroin).
The exchange of morphine addiction for that of alcohol was considered positive for the reason that alcohol was harder on the body, and more likely to trigger antisocial behavior. By the time heroin was discovered in 1874, morphine had already addicted hundreds of thousands of people. Soon heroin found its way to the level of morphine and codeine. Since the practice of selling patent medicines had no regulation until 1906, with the Pure Food and Drug Act, it was common to simply mail order any of these drugs. Morphine played a part in the American Civil War as well.