Heroin is an illegal opioid drug that is made from morphine, which is extracted from the opium poppy. Heroin is considered an inexpensive street drug.
Heroin can come as a white or brownish powder or as a sticky black “tar”.
Heroin Is Often Made Of Impure Additives
Because heroin is not produced in quality-controlled labs and drug dealers try to maximize profit, heroin is often cut with additives.
Baking soda, starch, sugar, or baby powder may be added to street-level heroin.
Additives in heroin may cause damage to the circulatory system from these foreign substance “clots”.
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Heroin Is Often Cut With Stronger Opioids
Many drug dealers add stronger opioids like fentanyl to increase the potency of their product. In 2019, fentanyl was responsible for approximately 82% of all opioid-related overdose deaths.
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- Mayo Clinic — What Are Opioids And Why Are They Dangerous?
- National Institute on Drug Abuse — Overdose Death Rates
- U.S. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus — Opioid Addiction
- U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA — Heroin Research Report
- U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) — Heroin DrugFacts