Heroin is a dangerous drug. It is also one of the most widely abused drugs in the world. Many legal narcotics are derived from the opium poppy, which is also where morphine comes from. Heroin is derived from morphine. Like many highly addictive drugs, heroin is incredibly dangerous to give to children and yet millions of children around the world become addicted to this illegal substance from an early age causing serious damage to their health and in some cases death. heroin for sale

Heroin was first derived from morphine in 1874. For years, it received little notice, since many scientists considered it nothing more than a curiosity. “In 1898, Bayer [the pharmaceutical company] began promoting heroin as a non-addictive painkiller and cough medicine for children and as a cure for morphine addiction.” Of course, since heroin is derived from morphine what happens in the body is that when the liver metabolizes or breaks down heroin, the result is basically pure morphine. When this was discovered around 1914, the government passed the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act to control the sale and distribution of the drug. It was further restricted in 1924 to the point where heroin is illegal to manufacturer, sell, or posses in the United States. However since heroin is much more powerful than many other illegal drugs it is one of the most popular to smuggle.

Because heroin is very addictive, it is especially dangerous to give it to children because of their continual physical and mental development. Many high profile celebrities who have struggled with drug addictions for much of their lives began those addictions with heroin at a very young age. Robert Downey Jr. and Courtney Love were both introduced to heroin before the age of ten and both have struggled for much of their lives with the effects of illegal drugs. Chaske Spencer from the recent Twilight movies became addicted to heroin as a teenager and lost over two million dollars and almost his entire career to heroin since the drug inhibited his desire to work or accomplish anything other than getting more heroin.

Pregnant women who use heroin must be incredibly careful if they choose to desist taking the drug since sudden withdrawal can cause miscarriage. Even if the baby should be born healthy, the infant will probably be born with an addiction to heroin since the drug affects the unborn baby as well as the mother. Methadone is the most common “treatment” drug available for heroin addicts, but it can cause dependence as well so a reputable doctor should oversee the distribution. Babies exposed to heroin have many more health risks than other children, such as “a ten-fold increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)”, greater risk of retardation or mental problems because of the drugs affect on their developing brain, and seizures. Because heroin impairs the body’s normal functions, it is one of the easiest drugs to overdose on, especially for children because of their smaller body weight.

 

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