Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive drug processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of certain varieties of poppy plants.
It is typically sold as a white or brownish powder that is “cut” with sugars, starch, powdered milk, or quinine.
Pure heroin is a white powder with a bitter taste. Important: Just because a drug is pure does not mean that it is healthy or good for you. It can be toxic or poisonous to your body.
Highly pure heroin can be snorted or smoked and may be more appealing to new users because it eliminates the stigma associated with injection drug use. “Black tar” heroin is sticky like roofing tar or hard like coal. Its dark color results from crude processing methods that leave behind impurities.
Impure heroin is usually dissolved, diluted, and injected into veins, muscles, or under the skin.