heroin

noun
her·o·in | \ ˈher-ə-wən , ˈhe-rə- \

Definition of heroin 

: a strongly physiologically addictive narcotic C21H23NO5 that is made by acetylation of but is more potent than morphine and that is prohibited for medical use in the U.S. but is used illicitly for its euphoric effects

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heroinism \ˈher-ə-wə-ˌni-zəm, ˈhe-rə- \ noun

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The men are charged with conspiring to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin and possession with the intent to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin, prosecutors said. Jeff Weiner, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando man tried to flush heroin down toilet during raid by feds, court records say," 13 July 2018 McCellan admitted to working with others to distribute between 1 and 3 kilograms of heroin during his time in the conspiracy, prosecutors said. Lauren Lumpkin, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore gang member pleads guilty to drug charges," 12 July 2018 The incident unfolded after police responded to a report of a man and a woman possibly using heroin in the park, the statement said. Jackson Cote, BostonGlobe.com, "Man arrested on weapon charge in Northampton park," 4 July 2018 Officers recovered another backpack that contained about three pounds of meth and half a pound of heroin. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Heroin, meth and guns add up to long stint in prison for KCK man," 26 June 2018 But its chief ingredient is oxycodone, a cousin of heroin. NBC News, "New strategy in suing opioid maker blamed for addiction crisis: Target the family who runs it," 16 June 2018 The Eagle reports that according to the documents, Glass is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, has anger problems and has used heroin and methamphetamine. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Body found under bridge is Kansas boy missing since Feb., police say," 25 May 2018 That night, Justin prepares to use heroin, sees a vision of himself as a child, and uses anyway. Chelsea Greenwood Lassman, Teen Vogue, ""13 Reasons Why" Season 2 Recap: Here's Where All the Characters Stand at the End of the Finale," 25 May 2018 According to the police report, the officers had caught Ben with packets of heroin in one hand and packets of crack cocaine in his pocket. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, "How One Woman’s Fight to Save Her Family Helped Lead to a Mass Exoneration," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of heroin

1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heroin

from Heroin, a trademark

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11 Sep 2018

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The first known use of heroin was in 1898

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heroin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of heroin

: a powerful illegal drug that is made from morphine

heroin

noun
her·o·in | \ ˈher-ə-wən \

Kids Definition of heroin

: a very harmful illegal drug that is highly addictive and is made from morphine

heroin

noun
her·o·in | \ ˈher-ə-wən \

Medical Definition of heroin 

: a strongly physiologically addictive narcotic C21H23NO5 that is made by acetylation of but is more potent than morphine and that is prohibited for medical use in the United States but is used illicitly for its euphoric effects

called also acetomorphine, diacetylmorphine, diamorphine

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