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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
heroin
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
drug/heroin/alcohol etc addiction
drug/heroin/morphine etc addict
▪ a recovering heroin addict
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
known
▪ Indeed, this model is consistent with the general pattern of known heroin use throughout Deeside.
■ NOUN
addict
▪ I was a recovering heroin addict who befriends Nastassja Kinski's character.
▪ Drug warriors frequently remind us that there are few cocaine or heroin addicts who did not smoke marijuana first.
▪ Only with heroin addicts, that can be fatal a lot faster than with smokers.
▪ There was this other guy who was either an aging rocker or a heroin addict, or both.
▪ Frankfurt has 10,000 registered heroin addicts.
▪ We know he's a heroin addict.
▪ She was sharing a room with a girl called Anita, an ex heroin addict.
addiction
▪ She gives me antibiotics for my heroin addiction.
▪ A painful bout with heroin addiction eventually led him to a spiritual rebirth.
▪ Ann if over her heroin addiction and working on her compulsion to go shoplifting.
▪ If you can avoid heroin addiction and motorcycle accidents, you might have a swell time.
▪ Many of the pimps, and some of the girls, have been forced into prostitution to feed a deadly heroin addiction.
habit
▪ We stole twenty-seven handguns from a National Guard armory to feed our heroin habit.
use
▪ Indeed, this model is consistent with the general pattern of known heroin use throughout Deeside.
▪ If heroin use proves relatively harmless to all concerned then we should advocate legal reform and controlled availability.
▪ Our use of this metaphor is not intended to imply that heroin use is a physical disease with viral or organic origins.
▪ Nineteen had used only one drug prior to heroin use, principally cannabis, the rest using a variety of drug combinations.
▪ Prior to his imprisonment, his burgling and dealing activities financed their heroin use.
▪ As their heroin use continued, it was generally the case that consumption increased.
▪ Consequently, it was forecast that the prevalence of heroin use might also begin to fall from 1988-9.
▪ Evidence of widespread heroin use in the community built up rapidly during 1983-4.
user
▪ This would ensure that they would be firmly established within heroin user networks and not peripheral to them.
▪ Casual use among cocaine and heroin users has also fallen.
▪ You do away with the incentive for those addicts to go out and recruit other heroin users.
▪ Some crack cocaine and heroin users are committing up to 240 burglaries a year to fund their habits.
▪ Over 90 percent of the heroin users at each agency had been using the drug for between one month and five years.
▪ In short, even assuming the highest feasible outcidence rate, the number of heroin users in Wirral appeared to be still increasing.
▪ Would heroin users turn from smoking to injecting?
▪ Talking to known users During the course of the research programme, a total of 125 heroin users were interviewed.
■ VERB
inject
▪ The addicts thought they were injecting a synthetic heroin, instead they had given themselves a permanent Parkinson-like condition.
▪ When addicted people light up cigarettes, or inject heroin, they satisfy a powerful immediate craving.
▪ The accused was guilty when he injected heroin into his friend.
▪ Murray, he alleged, then had gone to the bothy next door where he had injected three men with heroin.
▪ He is alleged to have assaulted five named men at Kenway Tyres, Bridge of Don, by injecting them with heroin.
take
▪ They take more heroin ... and more.
▪ Meanwhile, Kurt repeatedly and vehemently denied taking heroin.
▪ But hardly any kids had taken hard drugs like heroin and cocaine.
▪ He admitted taking heroin with one employee after work but denied introducing him to drugs or setting up any deals.
▪ Four years ago, his sister Margaret died after taking a heroin overdose.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a heroin addict
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Alcohol thus resembles opium and its derivatives morphine and heroin, all of which target the endorphin system.
▪ Drug warriors frequently remind us that there are few cocaine or heroin addicts who did not smoke marijuana first.
▪ In this sense heroin is a real problem.
▪ Now the PoliceFoundation is recommending that Ecstasy should no longer be treated as a class-Adrug alongside heroin and cocaine.
▪ Our use of this metaphor is not intended to imply that heroin use is a physical disease with viral or organic origins.
▪ The movie is daring in its unsentimental view of the heroin lifestyle.
▪ The purity of heroin on the streets has increased more than four times.
▪ We are quick to warn our children about the dangers of alcohol, marijuana, heroin and cocaine.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
heroin

heroin \her"o*in\ (h[~e]r"[-o]*[i^]n), n. (Chem.) a morphine derivative, diacetyl morphine, used to relieve severe pain and as a sedative. It is highly addictive, and its use is strictly controlled in the U.S. by federal law. It is a popular strong narcotic drug of abuse, in part because it is more soluble than morphine. It is sometimes included as one of the components of Brompton's mixture, used to control pain in terminallly ill patients.

Syn: diacetyl morphine, H, horse, junk, scag, shit, smack.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
heroin

1898, from German Heroin, coined 1898 as trademark registered by Friedrich Bayer & Co. for their morphine substitute, traditionally from Greek heros (see hero (n.1)) because of the euphoric feeling the drug provides, but no evidence for this seems to have been found so far.\n\nA new hypnotic, to which the name of "heroin" has been given, has been tried in the medical clinic of Professor Gerhardt in Berlin.

["The Lancet," Dec. 3, 1898]

Wiktionary
heroin

n. A powerful and addictive drug derived from opium producing intense euphoria classed as an illegal narcotic in most of the world.

WordNet
heroin

n. a narcotic that is considered a hard drug; a highly addictive morphine derivative; intravenous injection provides the fastest and most intense rush [syn: diacetylmorphine]

Wikipedia
Heroin

Heroin is an opioid pain killer. It is also used less commonly as a cough suppressant and as an antidiarrhoeal. Heroin is 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 also given to long-term users as a form of opioid replacement therapy alongside counseling.

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. It is the 3,6- diacetyl ester of morphine.

Heroin was first made 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 2012 Afghanistan produced 95% of the world's opium.

Heroin (The Velvet Underground song)

"Heroin" is a song by The Velvet Underground, released on their 1967 debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico. Written by Lou Reed in 1964, the song, which overtly depicts heroin use and abuse, is one of the band's most celebrated compositions. Critic Mark Deming writes, "While 'Heroin' hardly endorses drug use, it doesn't clearly condemn it, either, which made it all the more troubling in the eyes of many listeners".

In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked it #455 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song is included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

Heroin (disambiguation)

Heroin is an opioid drug, but the term may also refer to:

Heroin (band)

Heroin was a short-lived but influential underground hardcore punk band, originating in San Diego in 1989.

Heroin (Z-Ro album)

Heroin is the fourteenth solo album by Z-Ro. Guests include Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Billy Cook, Lil' Flip, Chris Ward, Mýa, and Mike D.

Heroin (Buck-Tick song)

"Heroin" is the thirteenth single by the Japanese rock band Buck Tick, released on November 12, 1997.

Usage examples of "heroin".

We had eighteen powerboats shifting two ton of heroin through Puerto Banus per month.

Later, there will be police reports of stabbing, newspaper reports of brazen hepcats jabbing heroin needles into their arms.

We have probable cause to believe that a suspect involved in the importation of a large shipment of heroin is currently residing at the Hotel Olivella au Lac in room four zero seven.

Barger tells the court he uses and sells heroin and other drugs during the 1960s.

A line to a conclusion: the Nite Owl killings were semiprofessional at least, an attempt to take over the heroin and pornography rackets of Pierce Patchett.

Ships docked to load up our national products, goods transported from Stalingrad, Stalinsk, Stalino, Stalinbad, Stalinir, Stalinkan, and Stalinovo, goods to be sent forth to a waiting world: caviar and sables, vodka and papirosi, heroin and hashish, plutonium and red mercury, balalaikas, matryoshkas, lapel pins, rayon banners, platinum busts of our leaders, and coypu.

Cupaletto, Caporegime of the California border territory, to pass on the new strategy for the acquisition of Mexican heroin and marijuana.

How much heroin would fit in one of the Huey copters Ricky was repairing?

Instead, the readers will be infected by the microcellular virus mixed into the very ink of the publication, creating a physical addiction slightly stronger than heroin!

The idea that two heroin pushers in a white Cadillac convertible would be dragging up and down the Strip, abusing total strangers at stoplights, was prima facie absurd.

Candy wrappers and losing lottery tickets and empty heroin bags blowing dead in the cold wind.

Out there in the jungle I had smoked opium admixed with heroin, though I had known it was insane.

Leonard has seen the holes in the bags and has practically admitted that Theodore is a heroin addict.

Then, wholly friend and connectionless, Poor Tony, in hiding, began to Withdraw From Heroin.

She started smoking pot on a lark, met a man and fell in love, and the m an happened to be a heroin Dealer who got her hooked on his product.