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Society today has been clouded and somewhat overtaken by social drugs. Wherever you may look, a drug is being used, whether it is more commonly a cigarette being smoked on the street, or the covert teens smoking marijuana in secluded areas. In any case, there is not one person who can say drug use is not prevalent, since society has made it clear through news, music and everyday life. However, there are certain drugs that seem to be worse than others, and society once again has taught us that through our laws and restrictions. The worse the drug, the more you pay for having it. Basically, drugs have become a part of our life, and you never know when they can land on your doorstep.

An illegal drug, which has taken firm ground in society, is heroin. Heroin is one of the most used ?hard? drugs in society today. Even though it is illegal, surveys have proved that many people have done and are still doing heroin.

The worst part is that heroin is classified as having the worst addiction and withdrawal symptoms than any other drug. Heroin is known as ?H? or ?Brown?, and is related to other drugs because of its elementary foundation.

Heroin is related to morphine and codeine, since all three are derived from the opium poppy plant. They are called opiates, and are found in the dried ?milk? of opium poppy seeds. Morphine and codeine are both very effective painkillers and are used for medical uses, such as cough medicines and after surgery painkillers. However, these drugs can form a quick dependency in the people that use them, and therefore must be used with caution.

The opium poppy plant and its use date back as far as 6000-year-old Sumerian texts. The Sumerians are an ancient...