After much thought, I've finally started a blog here. And I've run it for a couple of weeks to make sure it wasn't going to suck too much. To my surprise, it is actually quite good. I'm pleased. It seems there is always something to talk about in the world of heroin. For one thing, there seem to be major drug busts every day. Of course, I don't comment too much on that unless something needs to be said. For example, there is the almost universal problem of over stating the street value of drugs. Anyway, go on and read it now. Comment. I promise I won't slap you down unless you are willfully ignorant or evil.
I got the following letter:
hello patrick, i just bought 12 pills of tylex 30mg....i dont know how to extract the codeine! i couldnt understand by reading in your blog, i admit im a little ignorant. can you explain to me on a easier way??? example: ``first you put 5 pils in the water, than boil it....` heheh thank you!
I fear I am getting too paternal. All I do is worry. I responded:
Is this a joke? First, I'm not Patrick. Second, as stated many times on the site: pills are for swallowing. Third, codeine is a particularly dangerous drug. Injecting any amount of codeine is potentially fatal. Injecting 360 mg almost certainly is. Taking 360 mg orally could very easily kill you. Just because codeine is not a potent opioid does NOT mean it is safe. It is one of the most toxic opioids.
I do what I can to keep people safe. What you suggest is extremely dangerous. Don't do this.
Good luck to you and be safe.
I'm about to take down all the information on pill injection. But one more time:
Don't inject pills!
Moe Tucker and THE Man
I've written a short article about song I'm Waiting for my Man and The Velvet Underground's drummer Moe Tucker. It will probably be of more interest to Heroin Helper readers than most stuff on Frankly Curious. (I do hear from people that they would like to read more stuff about movies and music and I think I've been writing about that a lot recently.)
Penn Jillette Doesn't Know What a Drug is
I'm reading Penn Jillette's God, No! Despite his annoying and mostly ignorant libertarianism (a common flaw of modern atheists), it is a funny book. At the beginning he makes a big deal of the fact that he has never even tasted alcohol and has never tried a recreational drug. He didn't need to make this claim in his book, it is well reported and annoying as hell. Never tried a drug? To my mind, that shows a complete lack of curiosity and a firm belief in the authorities that tell you that drugs are bad. Whatever. That's not my point.
Later in the book, he writes, "I fiddle with a cigarette on the bar and their servant ... brought me a brand new pack, opened with a cigarette sticking out, ready for me." It could still be that Jillette doesn't actually smoke, because he doesn't allow the servant to light the cigarette. But he does smoke in some of the Penn & Teller videos. Also, it wouldn't exactly have been necessary to stop the servant from lighting the cigarette if he hadn't taken it out of the pack. So I assume that he does smoke, just not habitually.
I also doubt that Jillette has never drank a caffeinated soda. So there are two recreational drugs that he has tried. I suppose when he says "recreational drugs" he is referring to the illegal ones. You know: the ones that he (along with me) thinks should all be legal. So why the distinction? Or does he not realize that caffeine and nicotine are drugs? Or that efforts have been made in this country to make both illegal?
There is one thing Jillete is very clear about that I am in total agreement with: he is and asshole. (Admittedly, he is probably lying and I'm not.)
Lessons on Addiction
I like Ed Schultz. But it bugs me in this clip where the guy says, "Newt Gingrich talking about marriage equality is a little like getting lessons on drug addiction from a heroin addict." It just so happens that in 1900 England, it was illegal to be gay, just as it is today illegal to possess the vegetable product known as heroin. That aside, heroin addicts have a lot to teach people about drug addiction. I don't ever recall a heroin addict who was really into it out of choice. If you're addicted, it's a trap. But I get the point: Newt Gingrich is a dick.
I am close to starting a blog. There is so much to comment on like the obscene 20 year sentence that Claudia Chagoya got for being a drug mule. But I don't want to start it until I know that I can really stay on top of it.
Here's the problem: Thousands of people visit Heroin Helper every day. But the site only costs me money. Amazon won't even let me sell books through the site, much less Google allowing me to put ads up. And even if I were still writing drug books, this site would hardly be doing much to improve sales. (You would be amazed at how little money I have made from the books I've published. If you are thinking thousands of dollars, you are way high—in more ways than one if what people say about my readership is true!)
If I could monetize (What a word!) the site, I would. But I'm not going to put up blinking banners filled with naked people. I have no problem with pornography, but this is a question of taste. Anyway, if anyone can figure out a way to monetize the site in a way that I will find acceptable, I'll give you 10% on an ongoing basis.
If the site actually made a little money, I could probably get the great Jim Hogshire to write a blog here. Now that would be exciting, because Jim is the most original thinker I know. Now, he might well get me sued, but what the hell. The truth is, I know incredibly incriminating information about a number of famous people. And thus far, I have been mute. But you never know when I might be bad. Not that Jim would tell secrets, but the more people who read him, the more the world will be shaken up.
Be strong. Keep up the good fight. And buy all your books through my links on Frankly Curious!
Wikipedia: Bad as Ever
I've been working on the second edition of Heroin User's Handbook and so I decided to read through Wikipedia's page on heroin. In general, I have a very poor opinion of Wikipedia, but nothing could have prepared me for what I found on their heroin page. There were between 50 and 100 errors—outright errors. But it is much worse than that. The page is riddled with holes—things that should be said that aren't. It is also chalked full of government propaganda. If you want to learn about heroin (or anything for that matter), don't go to Wikipedia.
One thing I found very interesting though was some statistics they provided. First, they claim that there are 50 million heroin users in the world. Then they say there are between 15.16 and 21.13 million heroin users between the ages of 15 and 64. I understand that these are two estimates, but they provide no indication of why these estimates should be so different. Are we to assume that there are roughly 30 million very young and very old heroin users?
The whole issue takes a strange turn, when they later state that heroin causes the deaths of 100,000 people per year. Even if we assume the lowest estimate of heroin users (15.16 million), this means that heroin users are dying at a rate of 0.7% per year. At that rate of death, heroin users should be living to be over 150 years old on average! No wonder there are so many of them.
I would go in and fix the errors on the Wikipedia heroin page. Unfortunately, I know from experience that within a couple of weeks, all of the misinformation would be put back in. If you are really interested in the subject, I recommend you read Jim Hogshire's wonderful Opium for the Masses for a general overview. If you are interested in the history, you have got to read Th. Metzger's incredible The Birth of Heroin and the Demonization of the Dope Fiend. And if you really want to submerge into the subject, I recommend getting my own Little Book of Opium. (Don't get my Little Book of Heroin—it really sucks.) And when it's out, be sure to pick up the second edition of Heroin User's Handbook.
Better Embarrassed Than Arrested
It must be embarrassing being Anthony Weiner, having to publicly apologize for some relatively benign online sexual antics. I always wonder about these guys who get caught doing these kinds of things, because I am sure that I would never do them. My interests lie elsewhere, and I am not embarrassed by them. Unfortunately, the society sees it differently. If I give in to my supposed weakness, I don't get embarrassed, I get arrested. So I don't feel too bad for Weiner. I feel bad for John Edwards, though—he's getting the shaft. He is an official Heroin Helper-approved junkie. Welcome to the club, John!
As for Weiner: we'll have to wait to see what the House Ethics Committee does.
Pain Management Advocate Dies
Dr. Jack Kevorkian died on Friday at the age of 83. He is most known as an advocate for assisted suicide, but his legacy will likely be for the attention he brought to the shameful state of pain management in the United States. Keith Scheider wrote in The New York Times, "His critics were as impassioned as his supporters, but all generally agreed that his stubborn and often intemperate advocacy of assisted suicide helped spur the growth of hospice care in the United States and made many doctors more sympathetic to those in severe pain and more willing to prescribe medication to relieve it." Doctors should not have to be encouraged to treat pain effectively, but sadly many still believe it is better to live in pain than to be addicted to opioids. Such lack of empathy generally works out very well for doctors. Kevorkian's empathy led to his imprisonment for almost a decade.
Noam Chomsky on the US War on Drugs
Do I have to mention that I've been saying and writing this for the last ten years?
Improving Methadone Detox
The worst thing about the 21-day methadone detox is the ending 2 mg cliff that leaves patients alone to detox from a surprisingly high opioid level. This article discusses the problem and some solutions.
Detoxing with Dried Poppies
Jim Hogshire has provided us with perhaps the easiest detox known to man. And the best thing is that you can do it all by yourself. No doctors to visit. No forms to fill out.
Take My Picture
I met a young photographer/artist named George Henry who is working on a book of photographs about the put-upon in our culture. So he came to me—for obvious reasons. He is going to be traveling across the country over the next couple of months, so if you are interested in introducing him to part of your world, get in contact with him.
Junkies are the New Gays
This is the first brand new thing on this site in some time. It just talks about how heroin users in 2010 are treated much like homosexuals were treated in 1910. But it is short and more personal. Check it out, if you dare.
Drug Dealing and Murder
It continues to piss me off that our society tends to equate drug dealing and even drug use with murder. I wrote about this after seeing the movie The Crew, but the problem remains. I just bought Leon, the international version of the The Professional. I like both versions very much. However, the uncut version includes an annoying scene.
In this scene, after Leon and Mathilda kill a drug dealer, Mathilda insists that they destroy the drugs.
We said, "no women, no kids." Who do you think this is gonna kill, junkies and monkeys?
There are so many things wrong with this scene, I don't even want to start. But the glorification of murderers and the vilification of drug users has consequences that are counted in wasted lives and a slippery truth.
I am planning to redo this site very soon. It is looking pretty dusty these days. You can expect this some time in the next month or so. I may even start taking email again—but no promises there.
I am working on another site that is about nothing or everything (depending upon how you look at it) called Frankly Curious. This is more where my head is at these days, not that I don't like the whole "King of the Junkies" thing—it's so great when looking for work... Take a look (whenever I get the new nameservers pointing correctly).