The Shocking Ectasy Of The Forbidden

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"The Shocking Ecstasy of the Forbidden" "To be a confirmed heroin addict is to be one of the walking dead"¦. The teeth have rotted out, the appetite is lost, and the stomach and intestines don't function properly. The gall bladder becomes inflamed, eyes and skin turn a bilious yellow; in some cases membranes of the nose turn a flaming red; the partition separating the nostrils is eaten away-breathing is difficult. Oxygen in the blood decreases; bronchitis and tuberculosis develop. Good traits of character disappear and bad ones emerge. Sex organs become affected. Veins collapse and livid purplish scars remain. Abscesses plague the skin; gnawing pain racks the body. Nerves snap; vicious twitching develops. Imaginary and fantastic fears blight the mind and sometimes complete insanity results. Often times, too, death comes much to early in life"¦. Such is the torment of being a heroin addict; such is the plague of being one of the walking dead"(Deadly Short Cuts). After reading something like that what would possess a person to try heroin? I speculate why people use heroin is because of the rush they get, to experiment with something new, and as a way out of everyday life. Heroin is a derivative of opium, which comes from poppy seeds. The cultivation of poppies for opium can be traced back to 3,400 B.C. in Mesopotamia. Opium has turned up in just about every great civilization since including the island of Cyprus, Egypt, Alexander the Greats Prussia, and even our very own wild wild west. American history tells us that the stereotypical cowboy that drank straight whiskey isn't really accurate. Infact, it wasn't uncommon for Wild Bill Hickock and Kit Carson to skip the saloons and actually spend several days in dim candle lit rooms smoking opium with oriental prostitutes to achieve a dream-state of euphoria. With that euphoria comes a bag of side effects from short too long-term. As soon as you shoot up severe itching and vomiting may ensue, and the heart and breathing slow down sometimes to the point of death. Heroin affects the brain stem, which controls the automatic body functions, and the limbic system, which controls the emotions we feel and the longer someone uses heroin the more damage is done. If you plan to be a long-term heroin addict, here are some things you have to look forward to. ""¦ Chronic heroin abuse include scarred and/or collapsed veins, bacterial infections of the blood vessels and heart valves, abscesses (boils) and other soft-tissue infections, and liver or kidney disease. Lung complication (including various types of pneumonia and tuberculosis) may result from the poor health condition of the abuser as well as from heroin's depressing effects on respiration. Many of the additives in street heroin may include substances that do not readily dissolve and as a result in clogging the blood vessels that lead to the lungs, liver, kidney's, or brain. This can cause infection or even death of...

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