Opium grows in Southeast Asia, Southwest Asia, Mexico, Guatemala, and Columbia. Opium is converted into Heroin in labs where the opium is grown and then shipped to consumer countries.
Opium grown in Afghanistan and South West Asia are consumed in Asia and European market while Opium grown in Mexico and Columbia are generally consumed in North and South America.
Afghanistan has become the world leader of illicit Opium producing 92% of the world’s supply.
Heroin is usually injected (mainlining) but may be snorted, or smoked chasing the dragon)
Heroin addicts are at risk for contracting HIV, hepatitis C, and other infectous diseases.
New trends are Heroin and Fentanyl combined causing an increase in Heroin related deaths.
Types of Heroin
White powder– Asian heroin (most purest form)
Brown powder– Mexican heroin (less pure than white)
Black tar– Mexican heroin may be sticky like roofing tar or may be hard like coal.
Cheese– Heroin mixed with Tylenol PM (mainly found in Texas)
Street Names include: Smack, junk, brown sugar, dope, horse, and skunk
Short term effects: Euphoria, suppression of pain, depressed respiratory rate, clouded mental function, and nausea and vomiting.
Long term effects: scarred or collapsed veins, bacterial infections of the blood and heart valves, abscesses, liver or
kidney disease, pneumonias, fatal overdose, spontaneous abortion, addiction, and dependence.
Withdrawal symptoms: Restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes, and kicking movements.
Withdrawal may occur in as little as a couple of hours after using.
Opiates remain the principal cause of death associated by illicit drugs.