Heroin User's Handbook
The title of this book is very accurate: it is a guide for users of heroin. Although it would doubtless interest others, the focus is on heroin users and the book is written as one (older and wiser) heroin user to another.
The book has detailed information on scoring, injecting, and detoxing--all with an emphasis on doing so safely. And when I say "detailed information", I mean it. The book is almost 60,000 words--two to three times as long as most drug "how to" books. For example, Opium For the Masses (hardly a wimpy book), is 30,000 words.
If you use heroin, you should own this book. I don't just say this because I wrote it. It contains everything I learned from years of doing and studying heroin. It can save your life. I think of it as the companion to the Heroin Helper website because since writing Heroin User's Handbook I have learned things, and this web site is where I put this information.
The Heroin User's Handbook has only eight chapters, but each chapter (with the exception of the last) is detailed. Ronin Publishing turned down the manuscript because the they felt that I had written a textbook on heroin use. That's true. Regardless of how long you have used heroin, you will learn a lot from this book.
People who are interested in heroin but who aren't users, are probably better off with the Little Book of Heroin.
Table of Contents
- Dispelling Myths
- Legal Issues
- Social Issues
- Parting Words
- Recommended Reading
- About the Author
The following is from the back cover of the book.
Heroin has traditionally been referred to as "The Hardest Drug". There were soft drugs, hard drugs, and the hardest drug--heroin. Even amongst heavy drug users, heroin was often a taboo. "Any drug is worth trying--except heroin."
But over the last three decades, things have changed. The purity of street-level heroin has increased twenty fold (20 times), allowing users to snort and smoke it, whereas they were previously forced to inject. As a result, more people are experimenting with heroin than ever before.
The larger number of heroin users has not translated into more knowledge about this drug, however. That is where the Heroin User's Handbook comes it. This book explains everything that a heroin user needs to know. It dispels the myths that surround heroin and replaces them with accurate and objective information.
The Heroin User's Handbook provides critical information that will save lives and allow users to avoid addiction. The book includes:
- Navigating the heroin subculture
- Avoiding addiction
- Safe injection technique
- Smoking and snorting procedures
- Chemically purifying street heroin
- Avoiding diseases associated with heroin
- Dealing with the legal system
- Social aspects of heroin use
- Detoxing yourself
- And much more
The author, Dr. H, is also the author of Little Book of Heroin and Little Book of Opium and the publisher of the Heroin helper website. He brings a unique outlook to the study of heroin--neither glorifying nor demonizing the drug, but just providing people with "the straight dope" on heroin.