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What Is Heroin?

Heroin: a highly addictive drug derived from morphine which belongs to the group of semi-synthetic opioids. It was originally intended for pain relief, which provides a euphoric high. The euphoria is what causes many people to become addicted to this drug. Morphine itself is a substance extracted from opium poppy plants.

What Types Of Heroin Are There?

Heroin has three different forms it is sold in:

  • Black Tar Heroin comes in the form of a dark, sticky substance, often in a chunk or hardball. It is created in a crude method. It is the cheapest form of heroin because it is the easiest to make and has been around for over a hundred years. It’s made mostly in Mexico; therefore it’s most popular in the western United States.
  • Brown Powder Heroin is made when more time is spent processing the black tar heroin, ending up with a brown powdered substance.
  • White Powder Heroin is salt appearing type drug, and the purest form of heroin. Often it is cut, or mixed, with other white powders. That makes the drug less potent and can lead to infection or discoloration or damage of veins.


There is no way to know where heroin that is obtained was made. The shinier the white heroin powder is, the purer. If the powder is more dull, then that means it was cut with more substances. A lot of dealers cut the heroin with other additives to change taste or response. They also fill it with other substances because it will stretch out their supply so they can make more money.

Heroin can be made by chemists in labs, by people in their backyards without proper knowledge, and even in home labs. There is no way to know what could be in heroin.

Some have been known to fill heroin with sugars, cornstarch, talcum powder, or flour. If you have seen people taste a bit of heroin from a baggie in T.V. shows, that’s why. When injected, they don’t dissolve the way the heroin does and can lead to complications.

Cutting them with various other drugs is also common. There are cases of white powder heroin having rat poison, which is fatal to humans. Black tar Heroin is often mixed with shoe polish or soil. Soil can have toxic spores that can lead to wound botulism, which is an intense and dangerous infection.

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