The Bayer pharmaceutical company marketed diacetylmorphine under the trade name Heroin as an analgesic and cough suppressant. What evidence can DEA cite that the drug has any less medical use than morphine itself or any more addiction potential than other Schedule II drugs like hydromorphone and fentanyl?
My medical school cardiology professor claimed heroin works better than morphine for treatment of congestive heart failure.
In my opinion most of the danger associated with heroin arguably arises from unregulated availability on the black market and use of dirty needles. Moving the drug to Schedule II would allow regulation as a pharmaceutical with well established purity and dosage. Increased availability of clean needles would reduce transmission of AIDS, hepatitis and other infectious disease.
Prohibition of heroin has failed to accomplish anything but hurt or kill people.