What does heroin look like?

What is the appearance of heroin? What form does heroin come in?

asked 22 Aug '12, 13:21

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Heroin is an opiate analgesic traditionally used for pain relief.



Heroin (diacetylmorphine, morphine diacetate, or diamorphine) is a highly addictive drug commonly abused on the streets and in low-income areas. Heroin is also known as Smack, Junk, Tar, Black tar, Dope, Dragon, and more.

Pure, uncut heroin is a fine white powder. Heroin that has been cut can be a powder or a "tarry" substance. The color of street heroin is usually anywhere from light brown to black, depending on what substance has been used to cut it(stretch or reduce the potency of a single "dose"). The potency of cut heroin cannot be readily measured, so the user has no idea how strong or weak a dose they are getting. It is believed this is one reason heroin overdoses are so common.


answered 23 Oct '12, 15:31

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