Opiate Addiction Today

Our current addiction challenge with prescription opiates like Oxycontin can be better understood by looking at our previous experience with addiction to the very same drug well over a century ago. As Confucius said, ‘a true teacher is one who,...

/ January 2, 2017

Opiate Effects

When used as actual medicine, a swallowed pill’s effects are felt within 25 minutes as the stomach and small intestines begins their digestion process and absorb the drug into the bloodstream. While some abusers of prescription opiates take the pills...

/ January 1, 2017

Heroin Overview

Much of what is discussed under Prescription Opiates applies to heroin and vice-versa. SmartDrugPolicy will dedicate itself substantially to the heroin and prescription opiate crisis, so look forward to more coverage on the topic. To understand where we are with...

/ January 5, 2017

From Civil War Morphine to Nixon’s Drug War

As the medical community began to realize the highly addictive nature of morphine in the early 20th century, serious efforts began to find a less addictive alternative. Unfortunately, what was discovered was more potent and addictive. Diacetylmorphine, or heroin, was...

/ January 4, 2017

Today’s Heroin Crisis

As the Vietnam War ended and the U.S. sought to limit supply from the main source country for heroin at the time, Turkey, the drug’s use subsided and was confined to poor urban areas for the remainder of the 1970s,...

/ January 3, 2017

Heroin Effects

Heroin is really just morphine with a few more molecular groups that are fat-soluble, allowing the drug to penetrate the brain more quickly. While heroin can be injected, snorted or smoked, injection into the vein is the most common delivery...

/ January 2, 2017