Desperate Addicts May Turn to Black Tar Heroin

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Black Tar Heroin Is Even More Dangerous

Black tar heroin is a cheap form of heroin. It is less refined than other forms of heroin which is what brings its cost down. The name, black tar, comes from its murky brown color, which can range from a light brown to a midnight black.

The consistency can also vary. It can range from being hard and rocky to sticky and molasses-like. The color and consistency will change depending upon what’s present in the substance. In fact, the name black tar doesn’t come from the heroin that’s in it, but rather the lesser acetylated morphine derivates.

The color also comes from the way that this unrefined form of heroin is made. The process to make it is fairly old, dating back to 1874. The Wright-Beckett process is a crude way of making heroin and doesn’t require the high cost and complexity of production in a lab.

Because of the unpleasant color, the cheap cost, and the dangerous ingredients in the substance, it’s often desperate heroin addicts that go after it.

Those who are already addicted to heroin or prescription pain medication, like Vicodin, are at greater risk of using black tar heroin. Furthermore, this form of heroin is primarily produced in Mexico and Latin America, which makes it more readily available on the West coast and southern parts of the United States.

Black tar heroin is cheaper and more easily accessible than other forms of illicit drugs. Dealers sometimes claim that by smoking this form of heroin there is a reduced risk of overdosing on it. However, the risks are the same regardless of how the substance is ingested.

Effects This Drug Has

The effects of taking this drug includes deep relaxation, loss of anxiety, rush of euphoria, loss of concentration, slowed responsiveness, and a sense of ease to everything. In addition to this, however, users may also experience nausea, vomiting, constipation, itching, and dry mouth.

Additionally, just like all forms of opiates, black tar heroin comes with a high risk of addiction. The symptoms of addiction, such as tolerance and dependence can quickly develop. Because of the less pure forms of this type of heroin, using black tar heroin can possibly contribute to a higher risk of overdose and even death.

Black Tar Heroin Comes With Many Risks

This form of heroin can be smoked, injected, or snorted. The risks of addiction and other health concerns are high regardless of the means of ingestion. However, research shows that those who inject this drug may be at a higher risk of contracting an infection known as wound botulism, due to the drug’s unrefined nature.

This infection occurs when the injection site becomes infected with bacteria which grows and festers underneath the skin. Additionally, other significant health problems can ensue with continued use of this form of heroin as well as withdrawal, especially if there was extended use.

If you or someone you know is struggling with a heroin addiction, there might be risk of using black tar heroin. And as described above, this might make one’s addiction worse, not to mention bring many health concerns. Contact a mental health provider immediately for assistance with heroin addiction and dependence.




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