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Why’s Heroin the “Devil’s Drug”? Unpacking This Crock of Horseshit

I admit — haven’t got anything revolutionary here. Really, in this piece, I’m thinking out loud more than anything.

Growing up, I remember viewing heroin as among the worst of the worst drugs. I didn’t know why — I wasn’t familiar with any of the ins and outs or the specifics of heroin. Also not apparent to me was the similarity between the widely-illicit heroin (diacetylmorphine, a.k.a. diamorphine) and pharmaceutical opioid painkillers (e.g., oxycodone, morphine).

People, in general — at least where I’m from, southern Middle Tennessee, and where I live now, Northwest Tennessee — accept the consumption of diverted prescription opioid painkillers as “better” (whatever that means) than heroin.

Yeah, I know, modern American street heroin is significantly more dangerous thanks to the all-pervasive fentanyl and the inherently-uncertain nature of goods on the black market — but, in terms of the drugs themselves, they might as well be the same damn thing!

Anecdotal reports across the Interwebs, in my experience, at least, generally say that heroin feels significantly different from prescription painkillers.

I should note that heroin is a prescribed, pharmaceutically-available drug in some countries. Keep in mind I’m talking about the home of the free and the land of the brave, the single world superpower, the best country in the world — hell naw, I don’t like getting free healthcare and I fuckin’ LOVE going to jail for drug use that doesn’t bother a n y — f u c k i n’ — b o d y — which is, of course, the currently-more-divided-than-ever United States of America.

Anyways, Enough of the Bullshitting

Here’s what I came here to say: It’s silly that heroin is viewed as leagues “worse” — in terms of social standing or stigma, that is — than prescription opioids. And, again, heroin is hella dangerous… like, Hot Fire OXYCODONE 30 mg 30mg Roxy blue Roxycodone Roxicodon blues HOT FIRE FREE SHIPPING LEGIT PHARMACY NO BS blueberries. Tell me that ain’t fuckin’ fire.

Yeah, I Know Everybody Already Knew This

Daniel brings no revelations today. Not even close. Just a pile of horse shit on this clear-skied springtime day.

You welcome. Big pile of dookie coming right up. Oh wait. You just read it.

But, Seriously

Heroin’s got this D O U B L E — W H A M M Y effect, where we get the shit end of the stick for:

  • It’s unregulated, you never know what you’re getting.
  • People who use heroin need more help than people who use pharmaceutical opioids. Due to the greater social toll that heroin brings to the table, they aren’t able to get that help.

I don’t know what, exactly, we can do to fix this.

And not just mounting a call-to-action here because I’m planet Earth’s greediest self-promoter — I really want to hear y’all’s proposals for fixing this issue.

I’d like to hear real-world, practical solutions that could be implemented somewhere with virtually no existing harm reduction (HR) infrastructure — like the rural, largely-right-leaning areas that make up most of the United States such as Tennessee, North Dakota, Wyoming, or Missouri — in no longer than, let’s say, a year. If you think a more “high-level,” likely-viewed-as-“radical” HR approach is warranted, go ahead and hit me with that idea, too, even though it wouldn’t be able to work somewhere like Northwest Tennessee on a relatively short-term basis.

Aight den. Peace out. Girl Scouts. Boy I’m fuckin’ smooth — “peace out, Girl Scouts”… that’s an original saying I came up with ALL BY MYSELF! Gimme cool points.

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See, I knew my accounting degree would pay off one day! ………….. ok I’m done with this POS article peace out bye. Dueces #cool #coolerthanu #buzzoffdweeb

By Daniel Garrett

I'm a self-employed writer, long-term drug user, and resident of rural Tennessee. Find me on Twitter at @DanielGarrettHR or email me at danpgarr@ut.utm.edu.

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