Heroin

Well, I was going to write a lengthy post about the history of heroin, but its history really isn’t that interesting. Heroin (chemists call it diamorphine) was developed by Bayer, a German pharmaceutical company, as a (get this) “non-addictive” form of morphine in the tail end of the 1800s. In the US  it’s schedule 1 (not approved for medical use) and thus completely illegal. However in most of Europe it is approved for use in hospitals as a painkiller. Probably reserved for terminal situations where dependence on it isn’t a concern. All around, it’s a pretty boring drug, were it not for the hundreds of millions of lives it has no doubt destroyed since it was invented. It isn’t even the most potent opioid anymore. Chemists, it seems, love to tinker with the poppy. Fentanyl is estimated to be 40 times more potent than morphine, placing it squarely more potent than heroin, yet oddly it’s schedule 2 in the US. Our entire drug classification system wss hijacked long ago by politics.

Next up, Sernil (PCP)

 

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