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  • Since the 1890s, from German Heroin, originally a trademark said to derive from Ancient Greek ἥρως ("hero") (due to the feelings of power and exaltation while under the influence of the drug) and the suffix -in. Alternatively explained as reference to the heroic school of medicine.{{cite-journal
  • |date=September 2000
  • |title=Chasing the Dragon: The Cultural Metamorphosis of Opium in the United States, 1825-1935
  • |author=Marcus Aurin
  • |work=Medical Anthropology Quarterly
  • |volume=14
  • |issue=3
  • |pages=414-441
  • |doi=10.1525/maq.2000.14.3.414

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