Probably the most misinterpreted psychotropic substance ever. Has got the reputation of being highly harmful, both to body and mind, while in fact quite the opposite seems to be true: Research shows that heroin has practically no cytotoxic effects - in other words, it neither kills brain cells nor harms any other organs - and it’s addiction potential is not higher than any other drug’s you feel like getting addicted to. Even its physical withdrawal symptoms are said to be moderate compared to, lets say, those of an alcohol-benzodiazepine withdrawal. Of course there’s the undeniable risk of an o.d. and the risks that come with cut H and shared needles and stuff. But most of them are at least as due to the side effects of illegalization as they are to the actual properties of this substance.
´Heroin generally does not cause malnutrition, moral-collapse, or sickness. Death by overdose is possible but not that common, thanks to the wide safety margin between a therapeutic and a lethal dose.
One thing causes heroin related illnesses, crime and death: the black market`