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History, Pharmacology, and Prevalence
Heroin Overview:

Heroin is an opioid, which is any drug, regardless of chemical structure, that produces effects similar to those of opium and morphine. [1]  Heroin has the scientific name diacetylmorphine.  Its chemical structure is similar to that of 6-acetyl morphine and morphine. [2] 



  • (1) Wickler A. Opioid Dependence: Mechanisms and Treatment. New York: Plenum Press; 1980.
  • (2) White JM, Irvine RJ. Mechanisms of fatal opioid overdose. Addiction 1999;94(7):961-72.


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    Structure of Heroin