Heroin Century

Heroin Century

Tom Carnwath

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 0415278996

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Heroin is a drug that myths are made of. Whether smuggled in the stomach of a camel or used as the ultimate symbol of lifestyle chic, no drug has been more argued over and legislated against, no drug has been more subject to misinformation and moral panic.
Heroin Century sets the record straight. It contains a wealth of historical and medical information about this drug which made its first appearance as a miracle medicine over a hundred years ago and makes recommendations for its future in the twenty-first century. Evidence shows that heroin is dangerous principally because it is illegal. The authors argue that a more relaxed relationship between society and the drug would benefit both the economy and public health and safely.
Individual chapters describe the history of heroin production; the makeup of heroin and evolving methods of use; the spread of heroin and international efforts at control; typical "career" patterns of users, ranging from occasional recreational use to destructive dependence; the subjective experience of taking heroin; the association between heroin and crime; the use of heroin in medicine and its effects on physical health; the history of the treatment of heroin dependence; and likely changes in heroin use in the future. The authors have drawn on literary and artistic sources as well as the large pool of scientific literature to compile a comprehensive and fascinating account of this world-changing drug.

Heroin Century makes available a wealth of information about the history, chemistry, pharmacology and medical aspects of heroin in a form accessible to anyone who wishes to participate in the contemporary debate bout society's attitude to drugs.
















contrary to the spirit of the law, no single Dutch law had in fact been broken.17 Swiss companies have traditionally enjoyed more freedom from international conventions. Factories in Basle and Zurich plugged the gap as French production subsided. After the Swiss had bowed to international representations, production passed to a factory licensed to the French but operating in Constantinople. When this was closed by the Turks, the gauntlet was taken up by the Bulgarians. A new factory started up in

the process Varieties of heroin and their use 35 of digestion. For this reason, addicts very rarely take it this way. In the early days, however, heroin was mostly used as a cough medicine and as a treatment for tuberculosis. A number of syrups and tablets were sold, with various additives to improve its palatability or to increase its effectiveness in dealing with respiratory complaints. Glyco-heroin was one popular cough mixture, advertised as ‘suiting the palate of the most discerning

Committee on Opium and Spread of heroin and attempts at control 55 Other Dangerous Drugs pointed the finger of blame particularly at Germany, where (it was claimed) 18.6 tons of morphine products had been made in 1929, of which only 6 tons could conceivably be justified on medical grounds.20 In spite of this wholesale contraband, it was not the sufferings of China that moved the international community to clamp down harder. The world had become inured to Chinese drug addiction. Much more

South-East Asia.29 This process was accelerated by the immigration of traders and chemists from Hong Kong following the British clampdown in 1974. When Turkish supplies dried up, the successors of Luciano were quick to make contacts with the Golden Triangle. Asian heroin began to flow into the US and by 1980 the number of addicts had returned to 500,000, in spite of the strict legislation. With drugs of addiction, the laws of supply and demand tend to overpower the restraining activities of

your luck. They press goodies upon you. Once you’ve tried them, you’re a customer for life. Unable to escape the addiction, you need everincreasing amounts to keep yourself straight. You come running to their lair. Your behaviour becomes degraded. You start injecting, and quickly contaminate yourself with infections. You lose all sense of morality. You’d ‘steal opium suppositories from your grandma’s ass’4 Heroin careers and lifestyles 73 or anything else to raise cash for a fix. You lose

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