These two drugs bleed the world more than any other for very different reasons.It is a slow painful death robbing individuals of choice and diverting billions of dollars to drug suppliers. There are plenty of drugs available in every neighborhood. They are all around us, ranging in addictiveness, deadliness, and availability. The two most damaging to society and the individual are readily available despite decades of the best efforts by the U.S. and every other nation around the world. A 16 year old can get heroin or crack easier than alcohol or cigarettes because dealers don’t I.D and often deliver (Drug Crazy, Mike Grey ) Heroin and most opiates derive from the poppy plant Papaver somniferum. Which displays a beautiful flower when in full bloom. Opium is the sticky tarry substance produced within these plants seed pod. (dorsman 1998) for 6,000 years the opium poppy has been cultivated for use in various medicinal preparations. (dorsman 1998) Heroin was first synthesized from morphine in 1898 by the bayer company in Germany. It got it’s name from the german heroisch which means powerful. This semisynthetic enters the brain quicker than morphine because chemically it’s more soluble in fat. Once in the brain it turns back into morphine. (dorsman1998) Heroin arrives in our homes from all around the world. From one point turkey was a major some of white powder heroin into the U.S. through the infamous “French connection and when this ended other countries took up the torch to fill this void. the golden triangle: Loas, Mynamar, and Thailand now fed the U.S heroin along with Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran. Along with Central Asia, nations of Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Purity of heroin increase...
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...s the placental barrier into the fetus causing what is known as fetal alcohol syndrome. (fields) When a woman drinks alcohol during pregnancy she risks giving birth to a child who will pay the price in mental and physical deficiencies for his or her entire life (kids health.org) Ethanol is the most widely used psychoactive drug known to humanity (fields) Alcohol is devastating to the body, the community and the world economically.
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