What is heroin?
Heroin is an opiate (narcotic) drug processed from morphine and extracted from certain poppy plants. Heroin comes in a white or brownish powder, or a black sticky substance known as “black tar heroin.” It is often “cut” with other drugs or substances. Heroin users are often unaware of how much actual heroin is being used. Frequently, heroin is contaminated with the fentanyl family of synthetic opioids.
The average heroin addict spends $80 - $200 per day to maintain his or her addiction
It can take just three days of regular heroin use to become addicted
Heroin use more than doubled among young adults ages 18–25 in the past decade
Heroin has varying purities which makes it much easier to overdose
People inject, sniff, snort or smoke heroin. Some people mix heroin with crack cocaine, a practice called speedballing
Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed pod of the various opium poppy plants grown in Southeast and Southwest Asia, Mexico, and Colombia. Heroin can be a white or brown powder, or a black sticky substance known as black tar heroin.