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Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed pod of the various opium poppy plants grown in Southeast and Southwest Asia, Mexico, and Colombia. Heroin can be a white or brown powder, or a black sticky substance known as black tar heroin. Learn about the health effects of heroin and read the DrugFacts.

Common Names

Big H, Horse, Hell Dust, Smack

In 2019, 19.8% of drug overdose deaths involved heroin.

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