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    beckstasy wrote:
    wants to “proofread” a short story of mine?
    it is a chapter of a book i am trying to write where the main character watches someone smoke heroin, but not really ever having had experience of any of the like I had to rely on second hand info, so I’d be glad if anyone was willing to “check” the outcome.
    it is about two A4 pages. I wouldn’t expect much indepth criticism, just a yay or nay really.

    If its not too late – m8

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    Portsmouth reels from cut-price heroin

    The price of a bag of heroin has halved in Portsmouth over the last year, according to a survey conducted by DrugScope.

    And no-one knows the extent of the problems caused by the drug than Dave.

    Heroin destroyed the 44-year-old’s life.

    He became addicted to the drug during a three-year stint in prison for selling cannabis.

    “I hadn’t tried it before I was inside – I had always looked down on it – but I tried it. It made time fly by, which was ideal,” explains the father-of-two.

    “I was a regular user by the time I left prison – it just crept up on me. I wish I never started using it. People warned me, but I wouldn’t listen. It’s the worst mistake I ever made.”

    The habit prompted his wife to leave him, causing the disintegration of his family.

    After being diagnosed with lung emphysema as a result of his drug use, Dave now lives alone in a bed-sit and is resigned to his condition slowly killing him.

    He is just one of over 1,000 heroin users who have reportedly been targeted by a new breed of dealer on the streets of Portsmouth selling heroin at massively reduced rates.

    The police are losing the battle against drugs – they don’t have a grip on the situation

    Portsmouth’s needle exchange

    Research conducted by DrugScope, an independent body that carries out research into drugs, estimates that the price of 0.3g and 0.4g bags of heroin have fallen from £40 to £20 over the last 12 months.

    As a result, users like Dave have found it increasingly difficult to kick their habit, while vulnerable youngsters have fallen foul of the drug.

    “We have seen a huge increase in clients over the last 12 months,” says Jason Roberts, a project worker at Portsmouth’s needle exchange.

    “Portsmouth is a lovely city and there is not that much crime, but the drugs problem is massive.

    “The police are losing the battle against drugs. They don’t have a grip on the situation.”

    But DC Richard Bateman, a drugs intelligence officer with Portsmouth police, believes the problems have been overstated.

    “I have spoken to various sources and it seems the prices remain consistent. The half price business is usually an outside – i.e. London based – dealer selling to attract a customer base,” he says.

    Police crackdown

    “Once this customer base has been established the price will return to the normal price. This has been a ongoing trait for a number of years.”

    And, responding to claims that the police had enjoyed little success in their battle against dealers, he goes on: “We are constantly targeting Class A dealers in the area be it they are local or outsiders.

    “Heavy custodial sentences have been handed out.”

    But Mr Roberts, 35, who has worked in social care for 10 years, is adamant that the problem is spiralling out of control.

    He points out that the needle exchange, which provides clean needles for around 1,000 people, has seen an increase of 40 users a month seeking help.

    Portsmouth DAIS – Drugs Advice, Intervention and Skills – was set up two years ago and is funded by the National Treatment Agency.

    The project worker agrees with the police that the huge drop in price has been caused by a combination of dealers from outside the city but he also thinks local dealers play their part.

    He also believes drugs are routinely smuggled into the coastal city through ports.

    Mr Roberts also noted an increase in the number of users injecting heroin and crack, adding that dealers bolstered their trade by circulating business cards with their nicknames and contact details, as well as waiting outside the city’s rehab centres.

    Workers at the DIAS have seen a number of injuries in the centre, from abscesses in the wrist and collapsed veins in the neck and forehead, to a man’s toe falling off when he took off his sock after complaining of foot pains.

    But by far the biggest health problem has been the spread of hepatitis C through the sharing of dirty needles – a problem which can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer.

    Life skills

    Mr Roberts says the aim of the clinic is to “give people the chance to take the drugs in as safe a way as possible so that if they decided to come clean they would be healthy, as well as preventing the spread of diseases through the use of dirty needles”.

    According to Paul Slade, 38, who runs the DIAS, Portsmouth’s heroin problem has been exacerbated by the lack of post-rehab care opportunities on offer, prompting many to return to old habits.

    Addicts undergo a two-week detox programme and, if deemed necessary, they can take part in a four-week residential NHS clinic.

    In addition to rehab, Mr Slade believes addicts need help to develop “basic living skills”.

    “They are used to a chaotic lifestyle. They have never gone home and cooked food, of basic functions like that,” he says.

    “They need life skills; such as help with money management, hygiene and cleaning their clothes. These are things that most people take for granted.”

    Story from BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/uk_news/4204788.stm

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    I am doing some research into heroin addiction and was wondering whether anyone can help? I am trying to find out whether a regular heroin user can continue to funtion as normal ie. work, socialise, maintain relationships etc. Does anyone know anyone who can??

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    well I’ve known a number who initially manage to fit in their addiction (or dealing activities) with work/relationships etc…. and do not take part in wider criminality (other than dealing). they usually get away with it until health problems cause their extended absence from work, a delay in their supplier network means they end up missing work or they end up being processed by the criminal justice system due to the drugs illegality.

    if they work somewhere where peers accept their use (even grudgingly or by “not prying into personal matters”) they can get away with it.

    I once knew a chap who would do a 12 hour day of good hard work on a building site, yet was a regular user (he filled a drawer at his house full of used sharps). He was an Englishman working on a multi-ethnic site, but said a lot of his colleagues who were from Eastern Europe regularly used the drug.

    I am amazed they did not have terrible accidents with all the dangerous tools and machinery, but its possible this drug was in part used to dull aches and pains sustained by over-exertion on the site and the boredom and hostility – and may have ironically decreased absences! The true cost of “fast-tracked” building projects?

    its also commonplace in the media and professional working classes. Once popular BBC TV presenter Magenta DE VINE used heroin for many years yet worked on a number of shows aimed at young peopel – when her addiction got too much had her rehab treatment paid for in the 1980s/90s by her then manager Janet Street-Porter (a well known name in the TV industry of that day). The BBC is Britain’s state broadcaster (although its fashionable to deny this) – and her treatment was paid for out of public funds!

    Another more infamous example (which should be internationally known by now) is the Manchester public doctor Harold Shipman, who was busted early in his career for opiate abuse but only given a minor telling off. He then went on not only to continue to abuse these drugs throughout his career (although eventually “rehabilitated”), but having given them up, then proceeded to execute 215 (if not more) of his patients using heroin, over a period of nearly 30 years…

    He himself commited suicide in prison (having worked out his own death meant his wife got a pension) so his reasons will never be known, but it does come across as a backlash against society for daring to question his addiction earlier in life…

    heroin is also still commonplace amongst some sectors of the music industry, where it appears to be used as a controlling drug to rein in over-exuberant rocks stars so they can be controlled (and sometimes executed when surplus to requirements) by their manager-dealers…

    the other problem with heroin (and to an extent other drugs) is the user ends up in a culture of lying and predatory behaviour, friendships and close relationships are surrendered to the desire for a fix…

    In conclusion I think it in the short term a heroin or other opiate user can lead a “normal” llife (unless cops or the media expose their addiction) – but with each day they go on their use can become more problematic they drag themselves, their friends and their wider social networks further down….

    Auch wenn du am Abgrund stehst, und gar nichts mehr verstehst,
    wachen Engel über dich, halten dich im Licht und lassen dich nie fallen.
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    Most drugs start off as a social release, often at weekends. The more addictive ones we know will then get used on one day of the week and before long the user becomes an addict.

    I agree with GL in the sense that a heroin addict will be unable to sustain a ‘normal’ lifestyle once the real addiction kicks in. But then stranger things have happened as my mum says. (and no, she’s not a heroin addict)

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    i would say that functioning addicts are very rare indeed, other than some elderly people who may have become addicted to morphine via prescription as a result of an injury (e.g.during WW2) and where the prescription continues

    there are a few more functioning users, but most people don’t have the self control to do this and I wouldn’t suggest that trying H even once is a wise decision

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    I have responded to your instant message and look forward to hearing from you.

    Regards

    Elliot

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    e_babes wrote:
    I have responded to your instant message and look forward to hearing from you.

    Regards

    Elliot

    check out the production company and think about if a company that produce sensationalist programmes such as ‘Rogue Gynachologists’ 😐 is really the sort of thing you want to put your name to

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    But they do make ambitious factual programmes and Heroin is certainly provocative.

    I do apreceiate the warning, particulary when certain people tried to put the rave side of the story accross and what apeared was not what they wanted. However, I see my work as an achievement, rather than a sad story with no happy ending.

    I’m not your average smak head that you possibly could picture. If I can assist with dispelling ‘the myth’ and show that there are so called average people with average lives who work average jobs but have a heroin habit then I would be happy to speak and make my own informed judgement, as I hope you would too.

    Grab the info, absorb the info, make a choice, stick with it, if it doesnt work, try something else, if all else fails then the idea was not a good one and you learn from your mistakes. Besides, I could always escape to Spain if I looked an idiot!!! BRING IT ON :you_smart

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    e_babes wrote:
    I do apreceiate the warning, particulary when certain people tried to put the rave side of the story accross and what apeared was not what they wanted. However, I see my work as an achievement, rather than a sad story with no happy ending.

    I’m not your average smak head that you possibly could picture. If I can assist with dispelling ‘the myth’ and show that there are so called average people with average lives who work average jobs but have a heroin habit then I would be happy to speak and make my own informed judgement, as I hope you would too.

    i wouldn’t make any assumptions about you or anyone else because they used heroin.

    there was a very significant study by the Joseph Rowntree Trut that was published about a year ago and there research showed a much more complex picture than “drugs=bad, drug users = bad”

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    e info, absorb the info, make a choice, stick with it, if it doesnt work, try something else, if all else fails then the idea was not a good one and you learn from your mistakes. Besides, I could always escape to Spain if I looked an idiot!!! BRING IT ON :you_smart

    fair enough :satisfied

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    Its been done and the forms signed and channel 4 will show the documentary sumtime in Feb.

    its gonna be called Cold Turkey and will be on throughout the week.

    Lets hope I dont look like a prick huh? :crazy_fre

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    e_babes wrote:
    Its been done and the forms signed and channel 4 will show the documentary sumtime in Feb.

    its gonna be called Cold Turkey and will be on throughout the week.

    Lets hope I dont look like a prick huh? :crazy_fre

    remember you have the right to complain to Ofcom and/or to take action in the civil courts if you are misrepresented by a media organisation…

    Auch wenn du am Abgrund stehst, und gar nichts mehr verstehst,
    wachen Engel über dich, halten dich im Licht und lassen dich nie fallen.
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    functioning as a user is possible,unfortunately its hard work,youhave to wheigh up whether what yuo get from heroin is worth the undenyable sacrifice.who wants to delay their day for you to get “sorted”?life invariably turns out better/easier without it!

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    beckstasy wrote:
    hey there,
    i am writing some fiction which involves someone watching someone do heroin, that is smoke it.
    I have never done it and only seen people smoke heroin in a corner once, and did not pay attention to the details, so i am wondering if there is anyone out there who would like to help me out with filling these in.
    Just describe the technicalities of the process of preparation and smoking.
    post it here or e-mail me, if you want, my e-mail adress is boy_on_the_christmas_tree@pochta.ru

    I am a regular user – it is the best drug I have ever had and I say that even as a self-confessed addict.

    The basic idea is that the heroin is placed on some surface which has a low heat capacity. A flame is applied to the surface from below in order to heat the heroin and start it boiling.

    I inhale with by using a tube from an old plastic bottle.

    Feeling is fantastic.

    The perfect surface is one that gets hot the instant you apply a flame and cools off the instant you remove the flame.

    Geoff

    geoffbrooking@yahoo.com

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    geoffbrooking wrote:
    I am a regular user – it is the best drug I have ever had and I say that even as a self-confessed addict.

    The basic idea is that the heroin is placed on some surface which has a low heat capacity. A flame is applied to the surface from below in order to heat the heroin and start it boiling.

    I inhale with by using a tube from an old plastic bottle.

    Feeling is fantastic.

    The perfect surface is one that gets hot the instant you apply a flame and cools off the instant you remove the flame.

    Geoff

    geoffbrooking@yahoo.com

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