People (especially churches) use twisted logic to argue against teaching people about condoms, and how to have casual sex while protecting themselves against disease transmission. The government uses the same twisted logic to let people die from overdoses. If you do drugs be responsible for your own safety. Here’s some tips to help keep you safe.
1.) don’t do drugs alone, if something goes wrong there won’t be anyone to help.
2.) know your tolerance, if you haven’t used for awhile due to jail or rehab your tolerance will be lower, use less than usual.
3.) mixing drugs increases risk.
4.) use a new syringe, cooker, cotton and tie every time. Throw away cotton every time, it’s very dangerous to reuse. New syringes/cotton can be purchased at any drug store without a prescription. Dispose of properly.
5.) if you have to reuse a needle clean with bleach and water.
6.) before fixing, wash hands with soap and water. Use a new cooker every time, do not touch inside. Drop cotton into cooker without touching cotton. Wipe the injection site with alcohol and allow area to dry.
7.) don’t dig for veins, pull out and try again. Warm your body to show your veins. Don’t inject in the same area.
8.) overdose symptoms are: little to no breathing, lips turning blue. In case of overdose, use mouth to mouth- tilt head back, pinch nose, give one breath every 5 seconds or administer Narcan (naloxone). Lay person on his/her side to avoid choking.
Cocaine is sometimes used in combination with heroin, and is referred to as a speedball when injected or moonrocks when smoked together. Cocaine acts as a stimulant, whereas heroin acts as a depressant. Coadministration provides an intense rush of euphoria with a high that combines both effects of the drugs, while excluding the negative effects, such as anxiety and sedation.
The onset of heroin’s effects depends upon the route of administration. Studies have shown that the subjective pleasure of drug use (the reinforcing component of addiction) is proportional to the rate at which the blood level of the drug increases. Intravenous injection is the fastest route of drug administration, causing blood concentrations to rise the most quickly, followed by smoking, suppository (anal or vaginal insertion), insufflation (snorting), and ingestion (swallowing).
Ingestion does not produce a rush as forerunner to the high experienced with the use of heroin, which is most pronounced with intravenous use. While the onset of the rush induced by injection can occur in as little as a few seconds, the oral route of administration requires approximately half an hour before the high sets in. Thus, with both higher the dosage of heroin used and faster the route of administration used, the higher potential risk for psychological addiction.
Large doses of heroin can cause fatal respiratory depression, and the drug has been used for suicide or as a murder weapon. The serial killer Harold Shipman used diamorphine on his victims, and the subsequent Shipman Inquiry led to a tightening of the regulations surrounding the storage, prescribing and destruction of controlled drugs in the UK. John Bodkin Adams is also known to have used heroin as a murder weapon.
Because significant tolerance to respiratory depression develops quickly with continued use and is lost just as quickly during withdrawal, it is often difficult to determine whether a heroin lethal overdose was accidental, suicide or homicide. Examples include the overdose deaths of Sid Vicious, Janis Joplin, Tim Buckley, Hillel Slovak, Layne Staley, Bradley Nowell, Ted Binion, and River Phoenix.
Chronic use of heroin and other opioids has been shown to be a potential cause of hyponatremia, resultant because of excess vasopressin secretion.
Oral Oral use of heroin is less common than other methods of administration, mainly because there is little to no “rush”, and the effects are less potent. Heroin is entirely converted to morphine by means of first-pass metabolism, resulting in deacetylation when ingested. Heroin’s oral bioavailability is both dose-dependent (as is morphine’s) and significantly higher than oral use of morphine itself, reaching up to 64.2% for high doses and 45.6% for low doses; opiate-naïve users showed far less absorption of the drug at low doses, having bio-availabilities of only up to 22.9%. The maximum plasma concentration of morphine following oral administration of heroin was around twice as much as that of oral morphine.
Injection Injection, also known as “slamming”, “banging”, “shooting up”, “digging” or “mainlining”, is a popular method which carries relatively greater risks than other methods of administration. Heroin base (commonly found in Europe), when prepared for injection, will only dissolve in water when mixed with an acid (most commonly citric acid powder or lemon juice) and heated. Heroin in the east-coast United States is most commonly found in the hydrochloride salt form, requiring just water (and no heat) to dissolve. Users tend to initially inject in the easily accessible arm veins, but as these veins collapse over time, users resort to more dangerous areas of the body, such as the femoral vein in the groin.
Users who have used this route of administration often develop a deep vein thrombosis. Intravenous users can use a various single dose range using a hypodermic needle. The dose of heroin used for recreational purposes is dependent on the frequency and level of use: thus a first-time user may use between 5 and 20 mg, while an established addict may require several hundred mg per day. As with the injection of any drug, if a group of users share a common needle without sterilization procedures, blood-borne diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis, can be transmitted. The use of a common dispenser for water for the use in the preparation of the injection, as well as the sharing of spoons and/or filters can also cause the spread of blood-borne diseases. Many countries now supply small sterile spoons and filters for single use in order to prevent the spread of disease.
These dangers include the possibility of contracting a terrible disease like AIDS or hepatitis if you don’t take the time to be as sanitary as possible and not share needles, especially with grownups who are really dirty.
WHAT YOU NEED:
–Alcohol swabs which are available in a box of about 100 for $2 at any supermarket.
–A syringe – or as cool kids call them, “works”. And you need both the needle part and the other part. If you can’t get one, lots of times old people with diabetes have them – check grandma’s dresser.
–A silver spoon. Finally a use for Grandma’s fine silver. Silver is vital!
–Heroin, which is also called “dope”, “smack”, “horse”, “china white”, “skag” and other cool names.
HOW TO DO IT:
The “spoon”, thoroughly cleaned is next. In this example black tar heroin is used. In my area a $15 chunk is about the size of 2 tic-tac candies side-by-side and works just fine. It has no smell except for a faint smell of vinegar. It comes wrapped in plastic inside a tiny balloon. A chunk is placed in the spoon.
The syringe is used to suck up about 50-75 units of water and squirt it into the spoon. The spoon is then heated from the bottom with a lighter to make it dissolve better. The plunger can be pulled out of the syringe and used to stir the heroin solution. The end of the plunger should be clean before putting it back in the syringe.
A piece of cotton is rolled into a ball a little bigger than a tic-tac. It is a good idea to clean one’s fingers with an alcohol swab before rolling the cotton. The cotton is dropped into the heroin and it puffs up like a sponge. The tip of the syringe is pushed into the center of the cotton and the plunger is slowly pulled back until all of the heroin is sucked in. This cotton is necessary to filter out any particles, germs and such in the heroin solution.
The area on the body chosen for injection is thoroughly cleaned with an alcohol swab. I think the spot on the bend of the arm is so commonly used because it’s so darned easy to get the needle into the vein properly.
The needle is placed almost flat on the skin so it doesn’t get wiggled around too much. The needle is inserted so it goes down the length of the vein and not across it. Going across it just makes it way too easy to accidentally poke through the other side or pull out. Holding the syringe almost flat against the skin after you feel the needle is deep enough in keeps the syringe from accidentally being jostled around and the needle being pulled out or pushed through the side of the vein.
Now for the tricky part. You have to make sure that the needle is in the vein before injecting. If the heroin is injected when the needle isn’t in the vein the heroin will just form a big heroin blister which takes hours and hours to get absorbed by the body. Usually it will burn while it’s being injected if it’s not going in the vein. This is one way to tell if it’s not going in the vein.
You should also keep a close eye to see if a blister is forming. When the needle is inserted the plunger is pulled slowly a tiny bit to see if blood comes in. This shows that it’s in the vein. Sometimes when the plunger is pulled, only a slow trickle of blood comes in and the rest is air. With practice it’s easier to tell if this trickle indicates a good enough insertion into the vein.
Injecting a tiny bit of air (about an eighth-inch) with the heroin is harmless but if you are nervous about this the syringe could be tilted so the air floats to the other end. From personal experience a quarter-inch (about 10 units) of air being injected with heroin is harmless but there’s no need to make a habit of it. With a little practice you can be pretty sure the heroin is going in the vein without first checking for blood but still checking for a burning feeling where it’s being injected or a blister forming.
When trying heroin for the first few times start out with a tiny bit to see how your body reacts to it. Like cigarettes and whiskey and lots of foods like brussel sprouts, sometimes your stomach gets queasy when it isn’t used to it. You might even puke but that will go away.
You can also eat, smoke or sniff heroin.
Smoking Smoking heroin refers to vaporizing it to inhale the resulting fumes, not burning it to inhale the resulting smoke. It is commonly smoked in glass pipes made from glass-blown Pyrex tubes and light bulbs. It can also be smoked off aluminum foil, which is heated underneath by a flame and the resulting smoke is inhaled through a tube of rolled up foil, This method is also known as “chasing the dragon” (whereas smoking methamphetamine is known as “chasing the white dragon”).
Insufflation Another popular route to intake heroin is insufflation (snorting), where a user crushes the heroin into a fine powder and then gently inhales it (sometimes with a straw or a rolled-up banknote, as with cocaine) into the nose, where heroin is absorbed through the soft tissue in the mucous membrane of the sinus cavity and straight into the bloodstream. This method of administration redirects first-pass metabolism, with a quicker onset and higher bioavailability than oral administration, though the duration of action is shortened. This method is sometimes preferred by users who do not want to prepare and administer heroin for injection or smoking, but still experience a fast onset. Snorting heroin becomes an often unwanted route, once a user begins to inject the drug. The user may still get high on the drug from snorting, and experience a nod, but will not get a rush. A “rush” is caused by a large amount of heroin entering the body at once. When the drug is taken in through the nose, the user does not get the rush because the drug is absorbed slowly rather than instantly.
Suppository Little research has been focused on the suppository (anal insertion) or pessary (vaginal insertion) methods of administration, also known as “plugging”. These methods of administration are commonly carried out using an oral syringe. Heroin can be dissolved and withdrawn into an oral syringe which may then be lubricated and inserted into the anus or vagina before the plunger is pushed. The rectum or the vaginal canal is where the majority of the drug would likely be taken up, through the membranes lining their walls.
In the United States, diacetylmorphine is a Schedule I drug according to the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, making it illegal to possess without a DEA license. According to the DEA, the majority of the heroin consumed in the United States comes from Mexico (50%) and Colombia (43-45%) via Mexican criminal cartels such as Sinaloa Cartel.
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How long will this drug stay in my system?
A drug test is a technical analysis of a biological specimen – for example urine, hair, blood, sweat, or oral fluid / saliva – to determine the presence or absence of specified parent drugs or their metabolites.
Urinalysis is the most common test type and used by federally mandated drug testing programs and is considered the Gold Standard of drug testing.
Opiates: From time of ingestion up to 2 to 3 days.
Codeine 2 to 3 days
Morphine 2 to 4 days
Methadone 7 to 30 days
Quotes: Some of us look for the Way in opium and some in God, some of us in whiskey and some in love. It is all the same Way and it leads nowhither.”
― W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil
“Even as a junkie I stayed true [to vegetarianism] – ‘I shall have heroin, but I shan’t have a hamburger.’ What a sexy little paradox.”
― Russell Brand, My Booky Wook
“There was a thing called Heaven; but all the same they used to drink enormous quantities of alcohol.”
“There was a thing called the soul and a thing called immortality.”
“But they used to take morphia and cocaine.”
“Two thousand pharmacologists and biochemists were subsidized in A.F. 178.”
“Six years later it was being produced commercially. The perfect drug.”
“Euphoric, narcotic, pleasantly hallucinant.”
“All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects.”
“Take a holiday from reality whenever you like, and come back without so much as a headache or a mythology.”
“Stability was practically assured.”
― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
Some of us look for the Way in opium and some in God, some of us in whiskey and some in love. It is all the same Way and it leads nowhither.”
― W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil
“Junk turns the user into a plant. Plants do not feel pain since pain has no function in a stationary organism. Junk is a pain killer. A plant has no libido in the human or animal sense. Junk replaces the sex drive. Seeding is the sex of the plant and the function of opium is to delay seeding.
Perhaps the intense discomfort of withdrawal is the transition from plant back to animal, from a painless, sexless, timeless state back to sex and pain and time, from death back to life.”
― William S. Burroughs, Junky
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