OPIOIDS AS DRUGS OF ABUSE. Historical Perspectives . 1806-1914 Opiates widely abused Typical addict was a 30-50-year-old white woman who functioned well as wife & mother Many wounded soldiers in Crimean War and U.S. Civil War became addicted to morphine
“Lots of times I don’t want to be bothered by anybody or anyone touching me, like my girlfriend. Like if she wants to hug me, kiss me, I just say, ‘Don’t touch me.’ 28-year-old heroin user
“It hit me from the feet going up to the head. I was yelling at him to take the needle out and I was on the toilet seat. I mean, I hugged that toilet bowl for hours, vomiting.”
21-year-old Heroin user
In 1972 Turkey, the major source of Heroin, banned all opium cultivation & production in return for $35 million from the U.S. By 1975, 80% or more of Heroin was from Mexico until we financed opium eradication there as well. Now, 50% is coming from Southwest Asia (Iran, Pakistan), with the rest coming from Southeast Asia & Mexico. Heroin trade is largely financing the very terrorist groups targeting U.S. citizens worldwide.