Heroin Research Essay

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Heroin Heroin is the common name for diacetylmorphine. Diacetylmorphine is a covalent bond between 21 Carbon atoms, 23 Hydrogen atoms,1 Nitrogen atom, and 5 Oxygen atoms which make up C21H23NO5, the chemical formula of heroin. There are several ames for heroin including, smack, horse, actemorphine, prezza and morphinediactetate. Heroin was invented in 1803 by Frederick Sertuner and confirmed by Marshall Gates at the University of Rochester in 1952. Diacetylmorphine is produced my drying opium poppy seeds and treating it with acetic anhydride and then adding 2 acetyl groups to a molecule of morphine. Some of the physical properties displayed by heroin are white, brown, crystalline powder that has a bitter taste.(I can not attest to this but it can be found in my research.) Chemical properties in heroin are that it is a light brown solid, melts at 154-161oC and should be kept in storage at -20oC. Some dangers of heroin can be lead to addiction, acute toxicity, Nervous System disturbances, an asthma. Heroin is a drug of abuse and it is harmful but also has some good qualities. Not by any means endorsing this illegal drug but it has been proven to be a successful pain reliever. Heroin structure is like many compounds in which it has several Carbon atoms. Heroin also has the power to be fatal to a user. I think if heroin. wasn't as strong it would not kill you and would the be a prescribed drug. It also would help morphine addicts and would cause little harm to the human body. Heroin was also part of forming my Aunt an Uncle borough. Gates-Chili, NY was named after the man who confirmed Heroin. Heroin is a compound of many atoms giving it strong capabilities to kill. Works Cited "11 Facts About Heroin." Do Something. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2013. . "HEROIN DIACETYLMORPHINE." HEROIN DIACETYLMORPHINE. N.p., n.d. Web. 11

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