Is There Heroin in your Cabinet?

Have a headache? Here, have an aspirin.


How many people were walking around hooked on heroin back in the day? Plenty.

Tuberculosis and pneumonia were both prevalent 100 years ago and products containing heroin were prescribed for both, amongst other non- life threatening ailments. Heroin was first synthesized by a man named Charles Romley Alder Wright in 1874. He decided after some testing that it wasn’t safe and ditched it.

Felix Hoffman picked it up again for Bayer chemist Heinrich Dreser to mess around with near the turn of the century. He came to the conclusion that it was a miracle drug with no known side effects.

By 1913 there were so many heroin addicts that Bayer was forced to stop making the drug.


Um, this bottle is expired.

In case you don’t know me, I have chronic pain. I complain about it on my primary blog. It’s a hard life and there really isn’t many options at my disposal.

I would knock myself out with a frying pan, but that would sort of defeat the purpose.

I reluctantly started taking hydrocodone about 3 years ago, but stuck to my rules:

The pain must be at least at a level 7 or above.

I have to be going someplace where I’ll be doing a lot of walking.

Until recently, I had total control over it. The only two things I am addicted to is cigarettes and coffee, so come on doc, give me some pills. I’ll be a good girl.

But I started saying fuck it more often, even though I didn’t really need to take any. I was also taking higher doses because I felt like I deserved to feel good for a change.

And yes, Vicodin does make you feel good, because it is basically synthetic heroin.

I had my “adopted” daughter come visit me last week. I was really grumpy and didn’t feel good, which is normal. I rarely feel well, yet I didn’t meet my criteria for taking a hydrocodone.

I decided that I wanted to have a nice time, so I took 10mg. I don’t ever take that much. I felt like I was rewarding myself somehow. That’s what the drug does to your brain, it tickles the part that brings us pleasure, so it starts to crave it.

Scary shit indeed. I have a bottle of the most dangerous drug in America right now in my kitchen cupboard and the only thing stopping me from taking any is my willpower.

Plus the fact that I don’t want to be a female escort. My rates would be lower because I’m old and fat, but there’s a market.

I haven’t taken one in 5 days and my urge to do so isn’t that strong. I’d like to keep it that way, so I am back to following my rules again.

Addiction is nothing new. We need to all be aware of how easily falling into the trap is. At least unlike the people from a century ago, we know the truth.


About Merbear74

Writing for me is a sort of self therapy and something that I have loved to do since I was young. I write about many things such as fibromylagia, chronic pain and depression. Sometimes, I also make an attempt at being funny.
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24 Responses to Is There Heroin in your Cabinet?

  1. JackieP says:

    The husband takes this plus oxy. All day long. Large doses. If he doesn’t he wouldn’t be able to move. He has arthritis in the spine. Yes, it’s very addictive. All this shit is. It’s also very regulated here in Canada. He is only allowed so many a month. Period. It’s up to his dr to say how much and how many a day he can take. He went from 5mg a day to 40mg twice a day of oxyneo (which is the strongest) plus up to 40 -60 mg of hydrocodone a day PLUS extra strength tylenol. Every single day. I’m his nurse, his pill giver. If I didn’t he would overdose on them, which has happened in the past. Dangerous damn stuff indeed. Mix that with an addictive personality…..well, you got the husband. But so far it’s all they have found that will keep him mobile….for now. A few more years down the road……well, who knows.

    I’m glad you have the will power to slow down on the pills, Mer. I take a quarter of a lower dose pill when I can’t sleep and it knocks me on my ass. So yeah, I very rarely take any of it. The husband is well and truly hooked but the drs don’t give him any other options. 😦

    • Merbear74 says:

      I’m glad that your husband has you to watch over him. He needs them to function, though. Just awful how much he is on, he must be in extreme pain. 😦
      I have decent willpower, except when it comes to cigarettes…to those I am truly hooked. But if I can help it, I won’t be addicted to the damn pain pills.

  2. Kat says:

    It’s ridiculous that drugs like that are legal and pot isn’t.

  3. Ladybuggz says:

    I know exactly how it feels, 15 yrs on Methadone (synthetic Heroin) for my chronic pain…..It was horrible getting off it, but I’m glad I did! Be Strong Mer!! ((hugs)) T. ❤ ❤

  4. I love that they gave serious drugs to children – yeah junior stopped havin’ teethin’ pain cause he was out like a light! Those advertisements are unreal. I didn’t realize that about the heroin.

    I would like some now for my cough but I will be good.

  5. ravinj says:

    It does give some food for thought that for all the regulation and prescription controls and illegalization and wars on drugs focusing on various controlled substances, we have just as many addicts now as we did then. Some people are more susceptible than others, aside from any other health concerns.

  6. 1jaded1 says:

    It is scary shit. Coca cola was once made with cocaine unless that is a rumor. But it is scary bc once people can’t get their pain meds anymore, they go to the streets…and who knows what you get there?

  7. draliman says:

    “no known side effects” hahaha 🙂
    Humour aside though, great post.

  8. cough. cough! I feel a cough coming on. You are doing a great job. People still don’t understand pain relief. Only the person with the pain knows what they going through. ❤ ❤ ❤

  9. hugs to you… and power to follow your rules. had this “no sideeffects”-offer any consequences for bayer?

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  11. frankiehaze says:

    Reblogged this on Frankie Haze and commented:
    Absolutely agreed! I enjoyed reading this post 🙂

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