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a highly addictive narcotic derived from morphine. Because of its vulnerability to abuse, its medicinal use and sale are prohibited in the United States and many other countries. (See drug abuse.) Called also diacetylmorphine.

her·o·in (H),

An alkaloid, prepared from morphine by acetylation; rapidly metabolized to morphine in the body; formerly used for the relief of cough. Except for research, its use in the U.S. is prohibited by federal law because of its potential for abuse.
[trade name (it was marketed as the "heroine" of analgesic drugs)]


/di·ac·e·tyl·mor·phine/ (di″ah-se″til-mor´fēn) heroin.


(dī′ə-sēt′l-môr′fēn′, dī-ăs′ĭ-tl-)
See heroin.


See heroin.




see heroin.

Patient discussion about diacetylmorphine

Q. What are the effects of heroin addiction? I just found out that one of my block mates has been using heroin to keep her up all night just so she can study for our exams. But I don't think it's doing her any good. I asked her if she wanted to talk about it, but she refused. I would like to help her get out of heroin addiction while she still can.

A. oh one my favorite ones for sure. the up side is nice sleepy time, complete numbing of unwanted emotion & sense of well being. the bad side it's unhealthy. i don't know how much it's the dope or the cut but that shit is hell on the g.i. tract, liver & kidneys. prolonged use over numerous years of time really change the brains factory specs. in other words physical withdrawl hell say two, three, four weeks or so (varies among bodys) but the psychological aspect can be a long suffered challenge to deal with. let's just say in my opinion one would really have to come to an internal & external relationship with life that they decide that their time to go straight & stay straight has arrived. & i mean after the detoxification process mentioned, that the same conviction, the same resolve remains.
now on a happier note "have a good day"! hope i've helped... please review my question & help me too?

Q. What are signs of withdrawl from heroin and their symptoms?

A. heroin; is a opiate(derivative)-the other drugs in this catagory-are-morphine,codeine,heroin,dilaudid,percodan,percocet,demerol,darvon.and overdose wil cause stupor progressing to coma with respiratory depression,pupils become pinpoint and non-reactive-pulmonary edema and atrial fibrillation may ocur,convulsions may ocur also. long term use causes tolerance and physical dependence. suddan withdrawal of the drug produces symtoms such as shivering abdominal cramps, diarrhea,vomiting,sleeplessness,and restlessness. other problems include injection scars,skin abscesses,weight loss,and impotence. infections such as hepatitis-B and AIDS.---mrfoot56

Q. What are helpful tips for getting off heroin cold turky and with out some sort of treatment?

A. HI--WARNING---IF posible you should do it under a DR.s care or in a REHAB--and if you do manage to do it on your own--you still will need to join(NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS)for support.YOU CANNOT STAY SOBER BY YOURSELF.CHECK THIS WEB SIT(in the rooms.com)TALK TO PEOPLE ON LINE-THEY WILL HELP YOU----mrfoot56

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Prescribed, supervised use of diacetylmorphine appears to be a safe and effective adjunctive treatment for this severely affected population of patients who would otherwise remain outside the health care system," the investigators said.
Injectable diacetylmorphine has been used in several European countries for many years.
A total of 115 patients were randomly assigned to receive diacetylmorphine, 111 to receive standard oral methadone, and 25 to receive injectable hydromorphone for validation of the self-reported use of illicit heroin by means of urine testing.
Twenty-three of the diacetylmorphine patients switched to methadone.
After 1 year of follow-up, 67% of the diacetylmorphine group improved in illicit drug use and other illegal activities, compared with 48% of the methadone group.
In a randomized clinical trial, (8) we compared the effectiveness of injectable diacetylmorphine or hydromorphone with optimized methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) in the treatment of long-term opioid-dependent individuals.
8,11,12) Briefly, patients were randomly assigned to receive oral methadone (n=111), injectable diacetylmorphine (n=115) or injectable hydromorphone (n=25) for a period of 12 months.
After excluding each participant's initial 90 days of dose adjustment, the average daily dosage of diacetylmorphine and hydromorphone received by Aboriginal participants was 419.
Among this group, treatment with injectable diacetylmorphine or hydromorphone was more effective than optimized MMT.
Offering medically prescribed diacetylmorphine or hydromorphone to Aboriginal people with severe long-term opioid dependence could be an effective means of attracting and retaining them in treatment, reducing the risk of HIV infection, and facilitating the provision of antiretroviral treatment for those already infected.