Computer graphics of heroin molecule

Computer graphics of heroin molecule

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Caption: Computer graphics space-filling representation of a molecule of heroin (diacetylmorphine), a synthetic narcotic analgesic derived from morphine. Heroin was first synthesized in 1898 by making structural alterations to morphine. The rationale in doing this was to retain the pain- killing properties of morphine while reducing undesirable side-effects such as respiratory depression. Heroin was first marketed by the German company Bayer but it soon became apparent that it was highly addictive. Because of this, the medical use of heroin is forbidden in some countries (such as the US) and it remains one of the most widely-abused of all drugs.

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Keywords: alkaloid, analgesic, biochemistry biochemical, chemical, chemistry, compound compounds, computer graphic, drug molecule, heroin, molecule, molecules, narcotic analgesic, opiate, pharmaceutical, pharmaceutics

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