Response 17 - John Xu 11/20/07 The difference between...

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John Xu 11/20/07 The difference between heroin and methadone are the social connotations associated with each, making one a drug and the other a type of medication. The primary difference between the two that makes heroin an illegal drug and its users criminals and methadone a type treatment and its users patients is the level of pleasure provided by each drug. While heroin causes pleasure, methadone “intervenes pharmacologically in the brain’s synapses”. “It blocks both the pleasure and the pain that heroin produces by generating alternative sensations of its own at the ‘μ’ opioid receptor sites in the brain’s synapses” (169). Therefore, methadone is considered legal medicine because it does not produce the same pleasurable effects as heroin. Without the same feelings of pleasure associated with the drug, methadone is “supposed to enable addicts to reorganize their lives productively and healthfully” (170). Interestingly however, methadone is actually “more highly physically addictive than heroin or morphine” (170). Consequently, there are many who
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course S&TS 3011 taught by Professor Crane,j during the Fall '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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Response 17 - John Xu 11/20/07 The difference between...

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