Heroin is a very addictive drug made from morphine, a psychoactive (mind-altering) substance taken from the resin of the seed pod of the opium poppy plant. Heroin’s color and look depend on how it is made and what else it may be mixed with. It can be white or brown powder, or a black, sticky substance called “black tar heroin.”

Heroin is part of a class of drugs called opioids.

Its use and overdose deaths have dramatically increased over the last decade.

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Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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