A Philadelphia Story
by matt
Citation:   matt. "A Philadelphia Story: An Experience with Heroin (exp67559)". Erowid.org. Dec 3, 2021. erowid.org/exp/67559

  repeated   Oxycodone (daily)
    repeated   Heroin (daily)
A Philadelphia Story
Hey. I am a Herion addict, and it took most of my life away.
My story:
I began taking percoet when I was 22 years old, and in College at a very prestigious University in Philadelphia. I was prescribed percs for pain due to wisdom teeth removal which I never truly needed. By the end of that first prescription I was taking 5 of em at once, and this was the beginning. I loved the warm flush and sense of satisfaction that I got from them. After about 9 months of taking percs, I found a connection for oxycontin. Oxy’s got me flying at first, and I took them whenever I had the disposable income to waste. I’d say I spent 6 months on my oxy binge and this was the highest I ever got. Once you get hooked on the Oxy, the true trouble begins. Even the best of us (or the vast majority of young people) cannot financially take buying 3 oxy 80’s a day, as they are about 40 dollars where I live. After 6 months I wiped out my account despite working for a major pharmaceutical corporation (Merck.) I decided to stop and felt the withdrawl for the first time and it was terrible. It felt like getting a high dose of cancer for a week. I broke and bought more- pawning my gold watch for drug money. I learned that I could get the same amount of high from a 10 dollar bag of heroin. I would go to North Philadelphia to cop it, and North Philly is a very dangerous place, one of the worst in the country. In fact in ’07 it is the most violent place in the US! I am an upper-middle class white male and if the cops see you, they know what’s going on before you have a chance to say a word. You are either lost, an undercover, or copping dope as its dope city. I did not fit in and it was such a gamble to go down there to get some dope. (The bags I usually got were stamped with Bart Simpson, so I used to ask for “Bart” or sometimes it was called true blue or blue magic. Sold in dime bags, and you could get 11 for a hundred dollars. This was called a “bundle”. I very quickly developed a tolerance for the drug and I would have to snort more and more to get the feeling I was after. Soon I was snorting 5 bags in a row. Around here there is no tar herion, it’s all a brownish powder that is pretty strong. I began to cease getting high, even doing 5 or 6 bags. I would just level off and feel better from the daily uncomfort that is inevitable from prolonged herion use. Next step: shooting. I have always been terrified of needles and at first my friend would have to set me up and hit me. Soon I began getting off on the needle and I had a love affair with it. I loved it- watching the dope in the needle mixing with the dark red blood that let you know you were in the vein. Feeling the wavy warm euphoric sense of false gratification. I was addicted to shooting in a matter of seconds. 20ml of spring water I would mix with 2 or 3 bags and I was set up for the night. I would miss occasionally and I developed a small hard spot on my left forearm that scared me enough to stop for a little. It went away and I was back to shooting. I could hide my addiction very well until one Christmas night where I began to nod off in front of my family. They knew something was up but I convinced them it was pills. Soon after I maxed out my credit card, blew my checking account and began to scam my family into giving me money. I found my mom crying one night and vowed to go to detox and rehab. I went through this process and was let out. I still had my detox band on my wrist when I left, and met my man to get some more. Now I am back to snorting it in excess, and not even getting high. I lost my job and currently am putting off getting clean so I can find another job. I know I have the hardest challenge of my life just ahead of me, and hope I can stay clean. Please use this story as a reason to avoid using. No matter what anyone says its really not worth the trouble or the money. Wish me luck…

Exp Year: 2007ExpID: 67559
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: Not Given
Published: Dec 3, 2021Views: 937
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Heroin (27) : Addiction & Habituation (10), Not Applicable (38)

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