Black Tar

Heroin, short for diacetylmorphine or morphine diacetate and most commonly carrying the street names of H, smack, horse, brown, and black tar, is derived from morphine, which is obtained from the opium poppy. An opioid analgesic first produced in 1874, heroin combines two acetyl groups (which is derived from acetic acid) with morphine. Using the […]

Who is Tina?

Tina, ice, speed, crystal, chalk, yaba, glass, crank, fire, tweak, poor man’s cocaine, trash, uppers, yellow barn, stove-top, and go fast. Wow – that’s a mouth full…and actually will destroy your mouth. This is, what often is said to be the worlds most dangerous and addictive drug. Methamphetamine “meth” is a synthetic stimulant that affects […]

Honesty Liller Walks In Big Footprints at McShin‏

~ From ~ In 2007 Honesty Liller was 26 years old, the mother of a four-year-old girl and penniless when she entered at the McShin Foundation in Richmond, Virginia. She’d been using drugs since she was 12 and overdosed on heroin when she was 17. “I thought that that’s how I was going to […]

Part 2: Strain, Pressure, and the American Dream

Last weeks blog discussed the strain theory and living the American dream. The theory explains why some people and groups in a society are more prone to committing delinquent and illegal acts. Yet, with any theory, there are criticisms and questions. Theorists tend to research one topic and attempt to attribute delinquent behavior to one […]

Strain, Pressure, and the American Dream

Most Americans strive to live the “American dream.” Most often, this dream emphasizes the goal of monetary success, but without the corresponding emphasis on the legitimate avenues to reach this, deviance often develops. This is where the criminology theory of strain was established. The strain theory explains why some people and groups in a society […]