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Letters Heroin prescription to misusers

Treat addicts, not the addiction

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39465.474792.3A (Published 24 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:173

Beware of Heroin

Heroin (diacetylmorphine), an addictive opiate, creates the euphoria of feeling
healthy and pain-free, and the sickness of being fragile and hypersensitive to
pain. The euphoria of feeling healthy and pain-free, and the sickness of being
fragile and hypersensitive to pain, are polar opposites, which reinforce each
other: the euphoria blinds you to the sickness; and the sickness makes you
crave the euphoria. Ironically, heroin creates and aggravates the very sickness
it seems to cure.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

04 December 2008
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA