Heroin (Diacetylmorphine)

  • Conan Kornetsky
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


“ ‘H’ is for heaven; ‘H’ is for hell; ‘H’ is for heroin.” So begins the 1964 book, The Road to H by Chein et al. This book, published over 20 years ago, is still one of the most comprehensive social-psychological studies of street use of heroin by adolescents. Much of what was written then is still true today. What has changed is the tremendous increase in our knowledge concerning the action of heroin and other narcotic analgesics in the brain.

Further reading

  1. Chein I, et al (1964): The Road to H: Narcotics, Delinquency and Social Policy. New York: Basic BooksGoogle Scholar
  2. Inturrisi CE, et al (1984): The pharmacokinetics of heroin in patients with chronic pain. New Engl J Med 310: 1213–1217CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Kaplan J (1983): The Hardest Drug: Heroin and Public Policy. Chicago: University of Chicago PressGoogle Scholar
  4. Platt JJ, Labate C (1976): Heroin Addiction: Theory, Research, and Treatment. New York: John Wiley and SonsGoogle Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

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  • Conan Kornetsky

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