What Is Heroin?
Heroin is a highly addictive opiate drug (strong painkiller) causing initial euphoria followed by profound relaxation, so it is considered as a ‘downer’ drug. It is synthesized from morphine, a substance obtained from seed pods of an opium poppy plant. Chemically, heroin is diamorphine (diacethylmorphine). It has a quicker and stronger effect than morphine.
Most of heroin is said to be produced in Afghanistan.
What is ‘synthetic heroin’?
‘Synthetic heroin’ is an informal term used for completely human-made, non-opium based narcotics, like methadone, oxycontin, phentanyl, pethidin.
Heroin got its name because of its supposedly ‘heroic’ effects upon a user (as advertised by its first producer on the end of the 19th century). It was synthesized as an alternative for morphine, and should have less side effects and be less addictive than morphine, but it has appeared that just the opposite is true.