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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
Intravenous heroin injection provides the greatest intensity and most rapid onset of the initial rush that heroin users experience.
In the United States, possession of more than 100 grams of heroin or a mixture containing heroin is punishable with a minimum mandatory sentence of 5 years of imprisonment in a federal prison.
Heroin enters the brain, where it is converted to morphine and binds to receptors known as opioid receptors. Opioid receptors are located in many areas of the brain (and in the body), especially those involved in the perception of pain and in reward.
Rates of drug use are associated with age. Among teens aged 12 to 17, the rates of current illegal drug use increased with age: 3.8 percent at ages 12 or 13, 8.9 percent at ages 14 or 15, and 17.0 percent at ages 16 or 17. The highest rate was among persons aged 18 to 20 (22.3 percent). The rate was 18.7 percent among those aged 21 to 25 and declined with increasing age among older adults.
Marijuana users typically inhale more deeply and hold their breath longer than tobacco smokers, which further increase the lungs' exposure to carcinogenic smoke.
OxyContin is considered to have a high abuse potential and is prescribed for moderate to high pain relief associated with injuries, dislocation, fractures, neuralgia, arthritis, and lower back and cancer pain.