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I persuaded my

girlfriend to smuggle my coke through customs

by sticking it up her BUTT.

I didn't know I could buy another can in the departure lounge.




An elephant, an ostrich and a crocodile stop a bloke in the street. 

The crocodile pulls out a police badge and says, "We have reason to believe you are carrying substances of an hallucinogenic nature, Sir."



Security stopped me at the airport last night.

He said, "Do you mind if we search your luggage?"

I said, "It depends, what for?"

He said, "Drugs."

I said, "In that case, no."



As me and the wife headed off on a

romantic holiday we talked about what kinky things we'd like to do to each other.

She said, "I've always wanted to be handcuffed." 

So I planted a kilo of coke in her suitcase.



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"Chasing the Dragon" is a slang phrase of Cantonese origin from

Hong Kong referring to inhaling the vapor from heated morphine,

 heroin , oxycodone, opium, or ya ba (a pill containing caffeine and

methamphetamine). The "chasing" occurs as the user gingerly

keeps the liquid moving in order to keep it from overheating and

burning up too quickly. The moving smoke is chased after with a

tube through which the user inhales. Another more metaphorical

use of the term "chasing the dragon" refers to the elusive pursuit of

the ultimate high in the usage of some particular drug.


Such ingestion may pose less immediate danger to the user than

injecting heroin, due to eliminating the risk of transmission of HIV,

hepatitis, and other diseases through needle sharing, as well as

the stress that injection puts on veins. A small puff can be inhaled

as a method of gauging the strength of the heroin. Also, the lungs

can act to filter out additional pollutants that otherwise would pass

directly into the bloodstream; however, in any case, it is always

harmful to expose the lungs to any kind of smoke and inhaling heroin itself may lead to toxic

 leukoencephalopathy .


Another metaphorical interpretation of chasing the dragon exemplifies chasing after a high

getting closer and closer to death, the metaphorical catching of the dragon, which would result

in the dragon turning on the chaser and killing him or her. Biblical chasing after the wind refers

to the senselessness of earthly pursuits when one's death looms, such as wealth, possessions,

and even family and prestige.


  •  The song "Beware the Dog" by The Griswolds refers to chasing the dragon. The song is

        about being addicted to heroin with a former girlfriend and being dragged down by the

        experience with phrases such as "Now you chase the dragon on your own" and "She used

        to suck the life out of me".

  •  Sufjan Stevens' song No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross specifically mentions "chasing

        the dragon".

  •  The Blur song "Beetlebum" refers to an alternative phrase for chasing the dragon, "chasing

        the beetle". Lead singer Damon Albarn confirmed the song was about heroin. The phrase is used as the title of multiple films,            from different genres, but usually involving drug addiction.

  •  A 1996 Lifetime Network Television movie was called Chasing the Dragon; it starred Markie Post as a middle-class mom who   becomes addicted to heroin.

  • The 1980 autobiography Chasing the Dragon:

                                                                               One Woman's Struggle Against the Darkness of Hong Kong's Drug Dens reprinted          in 2003, but without the final "s" after "Den" in the subtitle, or else with the cover subtitle "The true story of how one woman's              faith resulted in the conversion of hundreds of drug addicts, prostitutes and hardened criminals Hong Kong's infamous Walled            City" by British Protestant missionary Jackie Pullinger with Andrew Quicke recalls how she went to Hong Kong to help drug                addicts quit "chasing the dragon" through Christian teaching and prayer.

  •  The 2009 novel Chasing the Dragon—by English science fiction author Justina Robson, and from her Quantum Gravity series   — tells how a pair of human-cyborg and faery friends seek to rebuild their lives, with those around them, following a Quantum   Bomb Event of 2015.

  •  Chasing the Dragon is a Led Zeppelin bootleg recording of a concert at Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas on March 4, 1975,   released by Empress Valley label.

  •  "Chasing the Dragon" is the title of various songs by Thomas Leer, rapper Ill Bill, American glam metal band L.A. Guns,   Dutch symphonic metal band Epica, Australian rock supergroup Beasts of Bourbon, Wan Kwong, Dream Evil, Machine Gun   Fellatio, Legendary Newfoundland/Canadian band Thomas Trio and the Red Albino, and 90's Christian band Code of Ethics.

  •  The title of Urge Overkill's album Exit The Dragon references the act of exhaling heroin smoke as well as the Bruce Lee film

        Enter the Dragon. The front cover is a picture of (presumably exhaled) smoke. The song "The Mistake", a warning to "beware            the overdose", contains the lyrics "Never gonna make it today / Until you finally exit the dragon". Ex-drummer Blackie Onassis is

        a known heroin addict and was fired from the band for his addiction.

  •  In the TV program Blue Mountain State, Harmon Tedesco often refers to having "chased the dragon".

  •  In the South Park episode "Guitar Queer-O", Stan and later his dad become addicted to a video game in which the player   chases a dragon (but never catches it) while injecting "virtual heroin".

  •  In the Steely Dan song "Time Out of Mind" off the 1980 album Gaucho, the chorus includes the line "tonight when I chase the   dragon".

  •  In 2013, GFY Press released the fiction novel Chase The Dragon by Vancouver author Chris Walter.

  •  The swing song "Brown Derby Jump" by the band Cherry Poppin' Daddies includes the line "A three year trip on the dragon", a   variation on chasing the dragon.

  •  The Yeah Yeah Yeahs song "Dragon Queen" might also be about usage of heroin.

  •  Devilmans "Elite Sessions" freestyle includes the line "Don't give up your day job fam you're better off chasing the dragon on tin   foil", which is a reference to smoking heroin.


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                                                                                 Heroin is an opioid painkiller and the 3, 6-diacetyl ester of morphine. Heroin                                                                                            is prescribed as an analgesic, cough suppressant and as an anti diarrhoeal. It is                                                                                    also used as a recreational drug for its  euphoric effects .


                                                                                 Frequent and regular administration is associated with tolerance and physical                                                                                        dependence. In some countries it is available for prescription to long term users

                                                                                 as a form of  opioid  replacement therapy alongside counselling.


                                                                                 It was originally synthesized by C. R. Alder Wright in 1874 by adding two acetyl

                                                                                 groups to the molecule morphine, a natural product of the  opium poppy .


                                                                                 Internationally, heroin is controlled under Schedules I and IV of the Single                                                                                              Convention on Narcotic Drugs. It is generally illegal to manufacture, possess, or                                                                                    sell heroin without a license. In 2004, Afghanistan produced roughly 87% of the                                                                                      world supply in illicit  raw opium . However, the production rate in Mexico rose                                                                                        sixfold from 2007 to 2011, making Mexico the second largest opium producer in                                                                                    the world.


                                                                                 Administered intravenously by injection, heroin is two to four times more potent                                                                                     than morphine and is faster in its onset of action. Illicit heroin is sometimes                                                                                             available in a  matte-white powder freebase form . Because of its lower boiling                                                                                       point, the freebase form of heroin is smokable.


                                                                                  Diamorphine , almost always still called by its original trade name of heroin in                                                                                       non-medical settings, is used as a recreational drug for the intense euphoria it                                                                                       induces.


                                                                                 Anthropologist Michael Agar once described heroin as "the perfect whatever         drug." Tolerance develops quickly, and increased doses are needed in order to achieve the same effects.


Its popularity with recreational drug users, compared to morphine, reportedly stems from its perceived different effects. In particular, users report an intense rush,  an acute transcendent state of euphoria , which occurs while diamorphine is being metabolized into 6-monoacetylmorphine (6-MAM) and morphine in the brain.


Some believe that heroin produces more euphoria than other opioids; one possible explanation is the presence of 6-monoacetylmorphine, a metabolite unique to heroin – although a more likely explanation is the rapidity of its onset. While other opioids of recreational use produce only morphine, heroin also leaves  6-MAM,  also a psycho-active metabolite. However, this                                                                                            perception is not supported by the results of clinical studies comparing the                                                                                              physiological and subjective effects of injected heroin and morphine in individuals                                                                                  formerly addicted to opioids; these subjects showed no preference for one drug                                                                                      over the other. Equipotent injected doses had comparable action courses, with no                                                                                  difference in subjects' self-rated feelings of euphoria, ambition, nervousness,                                                                                          relaxation, drowsiness, or sleepiness.


                                                                                 Short-term addiction studies by the same researchers demonstrated that                                                                                               tolerance developed at a similar rate to both heroin and morphine. When                                                                                               compared to the opioids hydromorphone, fentanyl,  oxycodone , and pethidine

                                                                                 (meperidine), former addicts showed a strong preference for heroin and                                                                                                 morphine, suggesting that heroin and morphine are particularly susceptible to                                                                                         abuse and addiction. Morphine and heroin were also much more likely to                                                                                               produce euphoria and other positive subjective effects when compared to these                                                                                     other opioids. 


                                                                                 Some researchers have attempted to explain heroin use and the culture that                                                                                          surrounds it through the use of sociological theories. In Righteous Dopefiend,                                                                                        Philippe Bourgois and Jeff Schonberg use anomie theory to explain why people                                                                                    begin using heroin. By analyzing a community in San Francisco, they                     demonstrated that heroin use was caused in part by internal and external factors   such as violent homes and parental neglect. This lack of emotional, social, and financial support causes strain and influences individuals to engage in deviant acts, including heroin usage. They further found that heroin users practiced "retreatism", a behavior first described by  Howard Abadinsky , in which those suffering from such strain reject society's goals and institutionalized means of achieving them.


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Smoking heroin refers to  vaporising  it to inhale the resulting fumes, not

burning it to inhale the resulting smoke. It is commonly smoked in glass pipes

made from glass blown Pyrex tubes and light bulbs. It can also be smoked off

aluminium foil, which is heated underneath by a flame and the resulting smoke

is inhaled through a tube of rolled up foil, This method is also known as

"chasing the dragon" (whereas smoking methamphetamine is known as

"chasing the white dragon").


Like most opioids, unadulterated heroin does not cause many long-term

complications other than dependence and constipation. The average purity of

street heroin in the UK varies between 30% and 50% and heroin that has been

 seized at the border has purity levels between 40% and 60% ; this variation

has led to people suffering from overdoses as a result of the heroin missing a

stage on its journey from port to end user, as each set of hands that the drug

passes through adds further adulterants, the strength of the drug reduces, with

the effect that if steps are missed, the purity of the drug reaching the end user

is higher than they are used to. Intravenous use of heroin (and any other substance) with non-sterile needles and syringes or other related equipment may lead to:


  • The risk of contracting blood-borne pathogens such as HIV and hepatitis by the sharing of needles

  • The risk of contracting bacterial or fungal endocarditis and possibly venous sclerosis

  • Abscesses

  • Poisoning from contaminants added to "cut" or dilute heroin

  • Decreased kidney function (although it is not currently known if this is because of adulterants or infectious diseases)


A small percentage of heroin smokers, and occasionally IV

users, may develop symptoms of  toxic leukoencephalopathy .

The cause has yet to be identified, but one speculation is that

the disorder is caused by an uncommon adulterant that is only

active when heated. Symptoms include slurred speech and

difficulty walking.


Cocaine is sometimes used in combination with heroin, and is

referred to as a  speedball  when injected or moonrocks when

smoked together. Cocaine acts as a stimulant, whereas heroin

acts as a depressant. Co Administration provides an intense

rush of euphoria with a high that combines both effects of the

drugs, while excluding the negative effects, such as anxiety

and sedation. The effects of cocaine wear off far more quickly

than heroin, so if an overdose of heroin was used to compensate for cocaine, the end result is fatal respiratory depression.


The withdrawal syndrome from heroin (the so-called "cold turkey") may begin within 6–24 hours of discontinuation of the drug; however, this time frame can fluctuate with the degree of tolerance as well as the amount of the last consumed dose. Symptoms

may include:

                    sweating, malaise, anxiety, depression, akathisia, priapism, extra sensitivity of the genitals in females, general feeling

of heaviness, excessive yawning or sneezing, tears, rhinorrhea, sleep difficulties (insomnia), cold sweats, chills, severe muscle and boneaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, watery eyes, fever and cramp-like pains and involuntary spasms in the limbs (thought to be an origin of the term "kicking the habit").


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Heroin overdose is usually treated with an opioid antagonist,

such as naloxone ( Narcan ), or naltrexone. This reverses the

effects of heroin and other opioids and causes an immediate

return of consciousness but may result in withdrawal

symptoms. The half-life of naloxone is shorter than most

opioids, so that it has to be administered multiple times until

the opioid has been metabolised by the body.


Depending on drug interactions and numerous other factors,

death from overdose can take anywhere from several minutes

to several hours. Death usually occurs due to lack of oxygen

resulting from the lack of breathing caused by the opioid.

Heroin overdoses can occur because of an unexpected

increase in the dose or purity or because of diminished opioid

tolerance. However, many fatalities reported as overdoses are

probably caused by interactions with other depressant drugs such as alcohol or  benzodiazepines . It should also be noted that since heroin can cause nausea and vomiting, a significant number of deaths attributed to heroin overdose are caused by aspiration of vomit by an unconscious person. Some sources quote the median lethal dose for an average 75 kg opiate-naive individual as being between 75 and 600  mg. Illicit heroin is of widely varying and unpredictable purity. This means that the user may prepare what they consider to be a moderate dose while actually taking far more than intended. Also, tolerance typically decreases after a period of abstinence. If this occurs and the user takes a dose comparable to their previous use, the user may experience drug effects that are much greater than expected, potentially resulting in an overdose. It has been speculated that an unknown portion of heroin-related deaths are the result of an overdose or allergic reaction to quinine, which may sometimes be used as a cutting agent.


The opium poppy was cultivated in lower Mesopotamia as long ago as 3400 BCE.

The chemical analysis of opium in the 19th century revealed that most of its

activity could be ascribed to two alkaloids,  codeine and morphine .


Diamorphine was first synthesized in 1874 by   C. R. Alder Wright , an English

chemist working at St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London. He had been

experimenting with combining morphine with various acids. He boiled anhydrous

morphine alkaloid with acetic anhydride for several hours and produced a more

potent, acetylated form of morphine, now called diacetylmorphine or morphine

diacetate. The compound was sent to F. M. Pierce of Owens College in

Manchester for analysis.


Doses ... were subcutaneously injected into young dogs and rabbits ... with the following general results ...great prostration and sleepiness speedily following the administration, the eyes being sensitive, and pupils constrict, considerable salivation

being produced in dogs, and slight tendency to vomiting in some cases,but no actual nemesis. Respiration was at first quickened, but subsequently reduced, and the heart's action was diminished, and rendered irregular. Marked want of coordinating power over the muscular movements, and loss of power in the pelvis and hind limbs, together with a diminution of temperature in the rectum of about 4°.


Wright's invention did not lead to any further developments, and diamorphine became popular only after it was independently re-synthesized 23 years later by another chemist,  Felix Hoffmann . Hoffmann, working at Bayer pharmaceutical company in Elberfeld, Germany, was instructed by his supervisor Heinrich Dreser to acetylate morphine with the objective of producing codeine, a constituent of the opium poppy, pharmacologically similar to morphine but less potent and less addictive. Instead, the experiment produced an acetylated form of morphine one and a half to two times more potent than morphine itself. The head of Bayer's research department reputedly coined the drug's new name, "heroin," based on the German heroisch, which means "heroic, strong.' Bayer scientists were not the first to make heroin, but their scientists discovered ways to make it, and Bayer led commercialisation

of heroin.


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From 1898 through to 1910, diamorphine was marketed under the trade mark

name Heroin as a non-addictive morphine substitute and cough suppressant. In

the 11th edition of Encyclopedia Britannica (1910), the article on morphine


          "In the cough of phthisis minute doses of morphine are of service, but in this

particular disease morphine is frequently better replaced by codeine or by heroin,

which checks irritable coughs without the narcotism following upon the

administration of morphine."


                                                                         In the U.S.A., the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act was passed in 1914 to control the sale                                                                               and distribution of  diacetylmorphine  and other opioids, which allowed the drug to be                                                                             prescribed and sold for medical purposes. In 1924, the United States Congress                                                                                     banned its sale, importation, or manufacture. It is now a Schedule I substance, which                                                                             makes it legal for non-medical use in signatory nations of the Single Convention on                                                                               Narcotic Drugs treaty, including the United States.


                                                                          The Health Committee of the League of Nations banned diacetylmorphine in 1925 ,                                                                              although it took more than three years for this to be implemented. In the meantime,                                                                               the first designer drugs, viz. 3,6 diesters and 6 monoesters of morphine and

                                                                         acetylated analogues of closely related drugs like hydromorphone and

                                                                         dihydromorphine, were produced in massive quantities to fill the worldwide demand

                                                                         for diacetylmorphine—this continued until 1930 when the Committee banned                                                                                         diacetylmorphine analogues with no therapeutic advantage over drugs already in use,                                                                           the first major legislation of this type.


Later, as with Aspirin, Bayer lost some of its trademark rights to heroin under the 1919 Treaty of Versailles following the German defeat in World War I.


                                                                         In 1895, the German drug company  Bayer  marketed diacetylmorphine as an over-                                                                               the-counter drug under the trademark name Heroin. The name was derived from the                                                                             Greek word heros because of its perceived "heroic" effects upon a user. It was                                                                                       developed chiefly as a morphine substitute for cough suppressants that did not have                                                                             morphine's addictive side-effects. Morphine at the time was a popular recreational                                                                                 drug, and Bayer wished to find a similar but non-addictive substitute to market.                                                                                       However, contrary to Bayer's advertising as a "non-morphine substitute," heroin would                                                                           soon have one of the highest rates of dependence among its users.


                                                                         In the United Kingdom, diamorphine is available by prescription, though it is a

                                                                         restricted Class A drug. According to the 50th edition of the British National Formulary,                                                                           diamorphine hydrochloride  may be used in the treatment of acute pain, myocardial                                                                              infarction, acute pulmonary oedema, and chronic pain. The treatment of chronic non-                                                                            malignant pain must be supervised by a specialist. The BNF notes that all opioid      analgesics cause dependence and tolerance but that this is "no deterrent in the control of pain in terminal illness". When used in the palliative care of cancer patients,   diamorphine is often injected using a syringe driver.


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                                                                        In the United States, diamorphine is a Schedule I drug according to the Controlled                                                                                 Substances Act of 1970, making it illegal to possess without a  DEA license .

                                                                        Possession of more than 100 grams of diamorphine or a mixture containing                                                                                           diamorphine is punishable with a minimum mandatory sentence of 5 years of                                                                                         imprisonment in a federal prison.


                                                                        Diamorphine is produced from acetylation of morphine derived from  natural opium                                                                                sources. Numerous mechanical and chemical means are used to purify the final                                                                                     product. The final products have a different appearance depending on purity and have                                                                           different names.


                                                                        Heroin purity has been classified into four grades. No.4 is the purest form – white                                                                                   powder (salt) to be easily dissolved and injected. No.3 is brown sugar for smoking                                                                                 (base). No.1 and No.2 are unprocessed raw heroin (salt or base).


Traffic is heavy worldwide, with the biggest producer being Afghanistan. According to a U.N. sponsored survey, in 2004, Afghanistan accounted for production of 87 percent of the world's diamorphine. Afghan opium kills around 100,000 people annually.

In 2003 The Independent reported:

                                                       ...The cultivation of opium in Afghanistan reached its peak in 1999, when 350 square miles (910 km2) of poppies were sown ...The following year the Taliban banned poppy cultivation, ... a move which cut production by 94 percent ... By 2001 only 30 square miles (78 km2) of land were in use for growing opium poppies. A year later, after American and British troops had removed the Taliban and installed the interim government, the land under cultivation leapt back to 285 square miles (740 km2), with Afghanistan supplanting Burma to become the world's largest opium producer once more.


Opium production in that country has increased rapidly since, reaching an all-time high in 2006. War in Afghanistan once again appeared as a facilitator of the trade. Some 3.3 million Afghans are involved in producing opium.


At present, opium poppies are mostly grown in Afghanistan, and in Southeast Asia, especially in the region known as the Golden Triangle straddling Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Yunnan province in China. There is also cultivation of opium poppies in the Sinaloa region of Mexico and in Colombia. According to the DEA, the majority of the heroin consumed in the United States comes from Mexico (50%) and Colombia (43-45%) via Mexican criminal cartels such as Sinaloa Cartel. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ( UNODC ), Pakistan has over 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of opium poppies under cultivation concentrated in the areas bordering Afghanistan and is the destination and transit point for 40 percent of the opiates produced in

that country.


                                                                                               Conviction for trafficking heroin carries the death penalty in most

                                                                                               Southeast Asian, some East Asian and Middle Eastern countries among                                                                                                 which Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand are the most strict. The penalty                                                                                                 applies even to citizens of countries where the penalty is not in place,                                                                                                     sometimes causing controversy when foreign visitors are arrested for                                                                                                     trafficking, for example the arrest of nine Australians in Bali, the death                                                                                                     sentence given to Nola Blake in Thailand in 1987, or the hanging of an                                                                                                   Australian citizen  Van Tuong Nguyen  in Singapore.


                                                                                               The origins of the present international illegal heroin trade can be traced                                                                                                back to laws passed in many countries in the early 1900s that closely                                                                                                      regulated the production and sale of opium and its derivatives including                                                                                                  heroin. At first, heroin flowed from countries where it was still legal into                                                                                                    countries where it was no longer legal. By the mid-1920s, heroin                                                                                                              production had been made illegal in many parts of the world. An illegal                                                                                                    trade developed at that time between heroin labs in China (mostly in                                                                                                      Shanghai and Tianjin) and other nations. The weakness of government                                                                                                   in China and conditions of civil war enabled heroin production to take                                                                                                     root there. Chinese triad gangs eventually came to play a major role in                                                                                                   the illicit heroin trade.  The French Connection route  started in the



Heroin trafficking was virtually eliminated in the U.S. during World War II because of temporary trade disruptions caused by the war. Japan's war with China had cut the normal distribution routes for heroin and the war had generally disrupted the movement of



After World War II, the Mafia took advantage of the weakness of the postwar Italian government and set up heroin labs in Sicily. The Mafia took advantage of Sicily's location along the historic route opium took westward into Europe and the United States.


Large-scale international heroin production effectively ended in China with the victory of the communists in the civil war in the late 1940s. The elimination of Chinese production happened at the same time that Sicily's role in the trade developed.


Although it remained legal in some countries until after World War II, health risks, addiction, and widespread recreational use led most western countries to declare heroin a controlled substance by the latter half of the 20th century.


In late 1960s and early 1970s, the CIA supported anti-Communist Chinese Nationalists settled near the Sino-Burmese border and Hmong tribesmen in Laos. This helped the development of the Golden Triangle opium production region, which supplied about one-third of heroin consumed in US after the 1973 American withdrawal from Vietnam. In 1999, Burma, the heartland of the Golden Triangle, was the second largest producer of heroin, after Afghanistan.


The Soviet-Afghan war led to increased production in the Pakistani-Afghan border regions, as U.S.-backed mujaheddin militants raised money for arms from selling opium, contributing heavily to the modern Golden Crescent creation. By 1980, 60 percent of heroin sold in the U.S. originated in Afghanistan. It increased international production of heroin at lower prices in the 1980s. The trade shifted away from Sicily in the late 1970s as various criminal organizations violently fought with each other over the trade. The fighting also led to a stepped-up government law enforcement presence in Sicily. Following the discovery at a Jordanian airport of a toner cartridge that had been modified into an improvised explosive device, the resultant increased level of airfreight scrutiny led

to a major shortage (drought) of heroin from October 2010 until April 2011. This was reported in most of mainland Europe and the UK which led to a price increase of approximately 30 percent in the cost of street heroin and an increased demand for diverted

methadone. The number of addicts seeking treatment also increased significantly during this period. Other heroin droughts have been attributed to cartels restricting supply in order to force a price increase and also to a fungus that attacked the opium crop of 2009. Many people thought that the American government had introduced pathogens into the Afghanistan atmosphere in order to destroy the opium crop and thus starve the insurgents of income.


On 13 March 2012,  Haji Bagcho , with ties to the Taliban, was convicted by a U.S. District

Court of conspiracy, distribution of heroin for importation into the United States and narco-

terrorism. Based on heroin production statistics compiled by the United Nations Office on

Drugs and Crime, in 2006, Bagcho's activities accounted for approximately 20 percent of

the world's total production for that year.


The  European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction  reports that the retail

price of brown heroin varies from €14.5 per gram in Turkey to €110 per gram in Sweden,

with most European countries reporting typical prices of €35–40 per gram. The price of

white heroin is reported only by a few European countries and ranged between €27 and

€110 per gram.


The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime claims in its 2008 World Drug Report that

typical US retail prices are US$172 per gram.  UK Colchester 2009 £10 per gram .


Heroin is mentioned in hundreds of films. Sometimes the use or trafficking of

the drug is the central theme of the film but many times it is almost incidental

as part of a crime in a police drama, for example.

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  • 1957 film Monkey on My Back based on the book about his addiction by

       boxer Barney Ross.

  •  A Hatfull of Rain, the 1957 film based on the 1955 play by Michael V.

       Gazzo about an addicted Korean War veteran.

  •  The 1959 play The Connection by Jack Gelber, and the 1961 film

       adaptation of it, concern a group of addicts, some of whom are jazz

       musicians, waiting for their dealer.

  •  The film The Panic in Needle Park starring Al Pacino and Kitty Winn is

       the story of a young woman who falls in love with a heroin addict in New

       York. It was one of Pacino's first roles.

  •  The film American Gangster is loosely based on real-life drug dealer

       Frank Lucas, who sold heroin. Lucas was portrayed by Denzel


  •  The film Gia, based on a true story of model Gia Carangi, is about her addiction to and use of heroin and how it affected her.

  •  The film Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (We the children of Bahnhof Zoo) is about heroin use and street culture in   West Berlin in the 1970s, centering on a 13-year-old girl's decision to experiment with the drug.

  •  The film Trainspotting chronicles the exploits of a group of heroin addicts in Edinburgh, Scotland, during the late 1980s.

  •  The film Requiem for a Dream tells the story of four drug (mainly heroin) addicts who can only witness their disastrous habits   spiral out of control into the darkest, ugliest and dirtiest sides of humanity.

  •  In season three of the American television series 24, the show's protagonist Jack Bauer is seen battling a heroin addiction after   having spent months undercover working with a drug lord family in Mexico.

  •  The film The Basketball Diaries follows protagonist Jim Carrol's addiction to heroin and getting off heroin. Leonardo DiCaprio

       portrayed Carrol.

  •  The film Pulp Fiction, featuring John Travolta as Vincent Vega, shows IV use of the drug, and Uma Thurman's character Mia   Wallace overdoses.

  •  The television series Breaking Bad features Jane Margolis, Jesse Pinkman's girlfriend/landlady, who is in rehab for heroin   usage, but gets back into using it and introduces Jesse to it, but later dies due to the combination of an overdose and Walter   White's refusal to save her life.

  •  The film Rush (1991) starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jason Patric, Sam Elliott and Gregg Allman is a fictionalised depiction of a   heroin-trade-based corruption scandal that wracked the Tyler, Texas, US Police Department in the late seventies; undercover   detective characters played by Leigh and Patrick inadvertently become heroin addicts in the process of attempting to gather   evidence against the local drug dealer played by Allman.


Use of heroin by jazz musicians in particular was prevalent in the mid-twentieth century, including Billie Holiday, sax legends Charlie Parker and Art Pepper, guitarist Joe Pass and piano player/singer Ray Charles; a "staggering number of jazz musicians were addicts". It was also a problem with many rock musicians, particularly from the late 1960s through the 1990s. Pete Doherty is also a self-confessed user of heroin. Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's heroin addiction was well documented. Pantera frontman, Phil Anselmo, turned to heroin while touring during the 1990s to cope with his back pain.


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  • "The Needle and the Spoon" by Lynyrd Skynyrd off their album Second


  • "Heroin" and "I'm Waiting For The Man" by The Velvet Underground

  • "The Needle and the Damage Done" by Neil Young

  • "Golden Brown" by The Stranglers

  • "Beetlebum" by Blur

  • "She Talks to Angels" by The Black Crowes

  • "Heroin Girl" by Everclear

  • "She's Like Heroin" System Of A Down

  • "Under the Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • "The Needle Lies Again" from The Deadlight Sessions EP by Heaven Below

  • "King Heroin" by James Brown

  • "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails

  • "Badfish" by Sublime

  • "The Needle Lies" by Queensryche

  • "Needle in the Hay" by Elliott Smith

  • "Time to Pretend" by MGMT

  • "The A Team" by Ed Sheeran

  • "There She Goes" by The La's

  • "Dead Flowers" by The Rolling Stones

  • The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, the debut studio album of Sixx:A.M.

  • "Mr Brownstone" by Guns N' Roses

  • "Cold Turkey" by John Lennon was about Lennon and Yoko Ono going cold

       turkey off of their heroin addictions.

  • "Ashes to Ashes" Davie Bowie's 1980 single included lines that refer to Major

       Tom as "... a junkie/strung out on heaven's high/hitting an all-time low."

  • Two songs on the U2 album Rattle and Hum refer to heroin use:

                                                                                                            "Desire" uses

       heroin as a metaphor for lust, with the lyrics "She's the candle burnin' in my

       room/ Yeah, I'm like the needle/ The needle and spoon"

  • "Hawkmoon 269", a song about the passionate need for one's lover, includes the lyric "Like a needle needs a vein"

  • U2 songs "Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car" and "Bad" also refer to heroin.

  • Songs such as "Junkhead", "Godsmack", "Dirt" "Hate to Feel" and "Angry Chair" from the album Dirt, including many others

       from other albums, by grunge band Alice in Chains

  • "People Who Died" by The Jim Carroll Band. Several people in the song died of heroin-related causes.

  • "(He'll Never Be An) Ol' Man River", a satirical song by the Australian band TISM lists a number of celebrities whose deaths were related to heroin use, including the song's namesake River Phoenix.



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