According to Drug Policy.com, heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring opiate extracted from the seedpod of certain varieties of poppy plants. The opium poppy has been cultivated for more than five thousand years for a variety of medicinal uses.

Other heroin facts touch upon heroin’s initial medicinal use. First produced in 1874, heroin was first synthesized from morphine. From 1898 through to 1910, Bayer, the German pharmaceutical company, heroin was marketed under the trademark name of Heroin, and sold as a cough suppressant and a non-addictive morphine substitute. Before it was discovered that heroin metabolizes into morphine, in its first year of sales, Bayer exported heroin to 23 countries.


While heroin-related overdose deaths are on the rise, proven strategies are available to reduce the harms associated with its use, while also treating dependence and addiction, all to help prevent overdoses and fatalities.

One of these strategies expands access to naloxone, while also training emergency medical personnel how to use it in the event of an overdose. Another strategy is to enact legal protections that encourage people to call for help for overdose victims; and training people how to prevent, recognize and respond to an overdose.


Similar to a heart attack, the chance one will survive an overdose depends on how fast one receives medical assistance.

With most heroin deaths occurring one to three hours after the user has ingested or injected heroin, presents a prime opportunity to intervene with medical help before the user’s overdose becomes fatal.

Of course, the best way to encourage overdose witnesses to seek medical help is to exempt them from arrest, an approach often referred to as 911 Good Samaritan immunity laws.


The four areas in the world where heroin is manufactured are South America, Southeast and Southwest Asia and Mexico.

Although Afghanistan produces the majority of the world’s heroin, logistically to the U.S. South America is the most prevalent type available in the U.S., particularly in the Northeast, South and Midwest.

The particular form known as “black tar” from Mexico, a less pure form of heroin, is more commonly found in the western and southwestern United States. This heroin may be sticky like roofing tar or hard like coal, with its color varying from dark brown to black.


Street heroin is the bottom rung heroin. It is rarely pure, ranges from a white to dark brown powder of varying consistency, and not in the least bit regulated.

Such differences in color typically reflect the impurities remaining from the manufacturing process and/or the presence of additional substances. Street heroin is often cut with fillers such as sugar, starch, powdered milk and occasionally other drugs, which are added to provide filler.

Heroin can be sniffed, smoked or injected. Mexican black tar heroin, however, is usually injected (once dissolved) or smoked because of its consistency. Like other opiates, heroin is a sedative drug that slows body functioning. People who use it describe a feeling of warmth, relaxation and detachment, with a lessening sense of anxiety. Due to its analgesic qualities, physical and emotional aches and pains are diminished. These effects appear quickly and can last for several hours, depending on the amount of heroin taken and the route of administration. Initial use can result in nausea and vomiting, but these reactions fade with regular use.

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