Across the country, heroin use has increased among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. Approximately 80 percent of new heroin users are coming to heroin after abusing prescription opioids. 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.
HEROIN: THE SHOCKING FACTS