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
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.