Writer’s Desk: Rapture

To give back to my fans, I decided to give a behind-the-scenes peek of what goes into writing my novels. The first thing we’ll look at is the drug in Undercover Desire called Rapture.

Rapture is a big deal in the Desire series novels. It is what the cartel is bringing into Laredo, Texas. Tony is undercover to try to stop the drug from being smuggled over the border. Kelly is trying to report on the deaths linked to it.

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“‘I was beaten and raped,’ she told Kelly. ‘No one can maintain that lifestyle for very long. I knew I was going to die, and I wanted to. Death is better than being a junkie.'” –deleted scene of Undercover Desire

Rapture is a big deal in the Desire series novels. It is what the cartel is bringing into Laredo, Texas. Tony is undercover to try to stop the drug from being smuggled over the border. Kelly is trying to report on the deaths linked to it.

What is Rapture?

Rapture is a type of heroin,  a oploid drug, that is laced with fentanyl. It is made from the poppy plants grown in Mexico and Colombia. It is a brown powder, but it is found in a black sticky substances as well.

The drug is called this because it gives the users an intense feeling of euphoria. Some believe the name of the drug hearkens back to the Christian term.

How do people use it?

It can be injected, sniffed, or smoked. Some mix it with other types of heroin or cocaine. This practice is called speed-balling.

What do people experience when they are on it?

Much like any heroin, Rapture enters the brain quickly and binds to receptors in the body. Some of these receptors include: those involved with feeling pain and pleasure. It also adheres to receptors controlling heart rate, sleep, and breathing.

Effects

Short-Term Effects

When someone uses Rapture, they feel a surge of pleasure and euphoria, yet there are other effects. Some include:

  • dry mouth
  • flushing of skin
  • The arms and legs feel heavy
  • nausea and vomiting
  • severe itching
  • clouded mental judgment
  • back and forth state of being conscious and unconscious

Long Term Effects

  • insomnia
  • collapsed veins (if they inject the drug)
  • damaged nose tissue (if they sniff the drug)
  • heart lining and valve infections
  • abscesses
  • stomach cramping
  • liver disease
  • kidney disease
  • pneumonia
  • depression
  • antisocial personality disorder

Other Effects

The drug will contain other additives: sugar, starch, or powdered milk. These can clog blood vessels and have some devastating consequences: brain, kidney, liver, or lung damage.

If someone shares a needle or has impaired judgment while using Rapture, they can contract HIV or hepatitis.

Can a person OD on Rapture?

Just like any type of heroin, a Rapture overdose occurs when a person uses enough of the drug to produce a life-threatening reaction or death. In the novel, Rapture overdoses have increase in recent years.

When a person overdoses on Rapture, their breathing will stop. The amount of Oxygen that reaches the brain decreases. This can have either short or long-term effects on the nervous system. It is not unheard of for a user to fall into a coma and suffer permanent brain damage.

An estimated 13.5 million people in the world take opioid. In 2007, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported 153,000 people in the US were heroin users. Other estimates give figures as high as 900k. If you or someone you know is addicted to heroin, please visit https://heroin.net/heroin-hotline/ to get the help you need.

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