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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO ARE THINKING OF USING, ARE USING, OR HAVE USED HEROIN DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is heroin?

Diacetylmorphine, known commonly as heroin, is a semisynthetic opiate. This means that it is related chemically to drugs such as morphine, which work by interacting with receptors on nerve cells (neurons) called opioid receptors, of which there are several types. After creating the drug in the late 19th century by adding a certain group of atoms to the morphine molecule, the Bayer pharmaceutical company marketed diacetylmorphine with heroin as the trade name. Although the drug is now illegal - a schedule I drug in the US - and therefore cannot have a trade name, the name heroin stuck. When Bayer first marketed Heroin in 1898, there were great hopes for the drug. It was thought to be a non-addictive opiate and that it could be useful for treating people who were addicted to other drugs, such as morphine and cocaine. Sadly and ironically, however, heroin turned out to be one of the most addictive drugs ever introduced. Heroin is taken by injection.


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