I doubt that there is a person in the United States who does not have some curiosity about heroin. Even though over 95% of the population will never see a sample of the drug first hand, everyone knows what heroin is--in the sense that they know what a Norse God is.
For almost everyone, heroin is a mythic substance. Unfortunately, real laws are created based upon these mythic notions. Real humans spends real years in real jails because our culture judges them on myth rather than fact. The degree of punishment is the only difference between the junkie doing ten years in prison today and the mid-wife being burned at the stake in the 17th century.
There are facts about heroin that are so contrary to common knowledge that most people would simply not believe them, regardless of how well documented.
- It is common knowledge that all people who use heroin become junkies.
- All junkies are slow-moving, dim-witted, bottom feeders.
- Heroin is an extremely potent drug that drug addicts use as a last resort when none of the other drugs will do it for them.
The millions of controlled heroin users cannot dispel such knowledge. Nor are the countless examples of highly successful junkies of any help. And you can forget the endless pharmacological studies that show that heroin's effects on the body are fairly minor and its effect on the brain so subtle compared to cannabis, that most regular pot smokers can't even feel it.
But if you're here, you must be looking past the mythology. Maybe you're a user; or a free-thinker; or a former happy resident of Fantasyland who suddenly found himself in the real world when his son was arrested for possession of heroin. It doesn't matter, to all of you I say the same: welcome to the real world of heroin. It isn't a perfect world, but also, it isn't the demonic region that the mythology assumes.
More than any other part of Heroin Helper, this section grows because of the questions that readers e-mail to us. So if you can't find some information you want, you are encouraged to...
- Must Reading
- Here are the books that I have written on this subject. They give a thorough introduction and answer most questions people have about heroin and the opioids.
- Other Books
- A list of books that will help you understand heroin and the heroin user, if you aren't one; or help you live a safer and happier life, if you are.
- Looking for information about famous heroin users? Well, you've come to the wrong place. The wrong place at Heroin Helper. We keep this kind fun, but tacky stuff over in our bored section. There are cartoons there too.
- Heroin is not that interesting a drug from a chemical standpoint. But if you have questions about chemistry, you will find most answers on the pages here and the sites that we link to.
- Information on the cultivation of opium and heroin. This section is not focused on how it is done (but it's coming) so much as what is done: how much heroin is produced, how much it sells for, and so on.
- Want to be able to "talk the talk" without having to "walk the walk"? Here's your chance.
- You want the truth? Then go to a biased source--at least you know where they're coming from. Heroin Helper believes that heroin is illegal because it is part of social structure designed to keep those in power, in power.
- Articles related to drug law with particular focus on heroin and the other opioids.
- There is a lot of cross-over with the chemistry section here, but pharmacology is focused on the effects of heroin and opioids.
- Drug taking is a social activity. This section of Heroin Helper deals with the social aspects of heroin use.