Foreward by David E. Smith, M.D. and Richard B. Seymour
This book provides a much needed, up-to-the-minute, comprehensive, no-nonsense examination of the drug from the discovery of opium by the Sumerians nearly 7,000 years ago to the use, abuse, treatment, and meaning of heroin in our day. The definitive reference on the drug's history, pharmacology, psychology, and sociology, this groundbreaking work also offers a spellbinding account of heroin's power and persistent allure, its medicinal benefits and destructive nature. Animated with vivid personal stories and vignettes, Heroin puts a human face on the long and complex story behind this notorious drug.