10 Facts About Heroin

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There are over 4 million people who have experimented with heroin in the last year, and nearly one quarter of those people will become addicted. Here are some facts about heroin for you.


1
When Dorothy collapses in the field of poppies in the Wizard of Oz, she has fallen under the influence of an opium.

2
According to the Department of Justice, the top destination in the United States for heroin shipments is the Chicago metro area.

3
Afghanistan is the leading producer and cultivator of opium worldwide.

4
Heroin cravings can linger for years after a person stops using.

5
A heroin addiction is expensive to maintain. It can cost up to $250 a day.

6
In 1898, Bayer marketed heroin as a nonaddictive cough medicine.

7
A 2009 study found that 90% of heroin addicts were white.

8
Heroin was first synthesized by Felix Hoffmann two weeks after he created aspirin.

9
To support their drug habits, users in East Coast cities such as New York and Philadelphia would often collect and sell scrap metal. This gave them the name “junkies.”

10
In 1898 the typical drug addict in Britain was a middle-class woman in her forties. Today it is an 18-year-old male.