Junkie  

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"It takes at least three months’ shooting twice a day to get any habit at all. And you don’t really know what junk sickness is until you have had several habits. It took me almost six months to get my first habit, and then the withdrawal symptoms were mild. I think it no exaggeration to say it takes about a year and several hundred injections to make an addict." --preface to Junkie, William S. Burroughs

Heroin was commercially developed by Bayer Pharmaceutical and was marketed by Bayer and other companies (c. 1900) for several medicinal uses including cough suppression.
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Heroin was commercially developed by Bayer Pharmaceutical and was marketed by Bayer and other companies (c. 1900) for several medicinal uses including cough suppression.

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Junkie or junky refers to a person suffering from drug addiction, formally called an "addict," either to recreational drug use or, less frequently, to prescription drug use. Most commonly used to refer to a heroin addict, but often applied to addicts of other controlled or illegal substances. It can also refer to a hyperbolic expression for a person with a particularly strong enthusiasm for some activity, e.g. "a TV junkie", "a ski junkie"

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