What Is Heroin Made Of?

Medically Reviewed by Johnelle Smith, M.D on October 11, 2021

Heroin is an illegal opioid drug that is synthesized from products of the opium poppy. People that abuse heroin can become heavily addicted and suffer from dependence and withdrawals.

What Is Heroin Made Of?

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”.

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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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Medically Reviewed by
Johnelle Smith, M.D on October 11, 2021
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