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Help Me Write My Novel

Dear Dr. H:

I am writing a scene for a piece of fiction involving heroin use. I need details. I remember some users in college talking about hearing bells when they shot up, but that might have been from shooting coke/heroin. I also remember they said they would shoot up and then pull back the plunger and reshoot to get a better buzz. Is this common among heroin users? Also wondering if there's another word for the tourniquet used to tie off the arm. Details, details, details. Thanks. Martha

Dear Writer:

Write what you know. I hate reading fiction about heroin users that is inaccurate. But since you asked: the "bells" comes from high doses of cocaine; it has nothing to do with heroin. The tourniquet is universally called a "tie". Pulling blood into the syringe and then re-injecting it is called "booting". Done once it *might* get a little more heroin into the body; people who do it, do it over and over again; I want to slap them. Generally, it is just a bad habit, like biting one's fingernails. It is not a good thing to do.

If you really want to know, buy Heroin User's Handbook; it will answer all your questions and help me pay the bills.

Good luck.

by Dr. H © 2004
Last Modified: 14 January 2004


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