heroin

noun
her·​o·​in | \ ˈher-ə-wən How to pronounce heroin (audio) , 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 How to pronounce heroinism (audio) , ˈhe-​rə-​ \ noun

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Penalties for marijuana are generally far more relaxed than other schedule 1 drugs — perhaps an acknowledgment that the drug isn’t as much of a risk as, for example, heroin. German Lopez, Vox, "Marijuana is illegal under federal law even in states that legalize it," 14 Nov. 2018 The Cincinnati Enquirer won for local reporting for a narrative and video series documenting seven days of the heroin epidemic in the city. Lukas I. Alpert, WSJ, "New York Times, New Yorker Share Pulitzer for Sexual-Harassment Coverage," 16 Apr. 2018 Additionally, Illinois, like many states across the country, is suffering from a heroin epidemic, and studies have shown marijuana can reduce reliance on opioids. Bleader Staff, Chicago Reader, "Legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois, Chicago and suburban voters say," 20 Mar. 2018 Mixed messaging possible Communities are desperate for solutions to prevent the next generation from falling into addictiongiven Kentucky’s — and the nation’s — ever-worsening heroin epidemic. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Do those real-life addiction stories really keep kids off drugs?," 12 July 2018 That's because new HIV cases now flooding the area were foreseen as a consequence of the heroin epidemic. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Living with HIV: Fueled by heroin, HIV makes an alarming resurgence in Cincinnati," 11 July 2018 Throughout the episode, Bourdain switches between his culinary explorations and highlighting the heroin epidemic in Massachusetts. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "In 2014 show, Bourdain explored the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts and his early drug use," 8 June 2018 As San Antonio grapples with a heroin addiction epidemic, about 80 medical providers and police officers were trained Thursday on how to administer it at the UT Health San Antonio campus in the Medical Center area. Krista Torralva, San Antonio Express-News, "Training on opioid antidote expanding in S.A.," 31 May 2018 After years of struggling with painkiller and heroin use, buprenorphine helped her stop using. German Lopez, Vox, "The simple idea that could help end America’s opioid epidemic," 26 Dec. 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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22 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce heroin (audio) \

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 How to pronounce heroin (audio) \

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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