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Drugs A letter to heroin

Heroin is an opiate drug that is synthesized from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of the Asian opium poppy plant.1

Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder or as a black sticky substance, known as black tar heroin.1

• 29.7 percent of 12th graders say that heroin easy to obtain. 12.6 percent of 8th graders say that they can obtain heroin.1

• 87.8 percent of 12th graders agree that heroin substance abuse represents a "great risk."1

• 11 million Americans between the ages of 12 and 29 have a substance dependence or abuse problem and 90 percent of them are not getting the help they need.2

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1. National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), SAMHSA, Updated March, 2010

2. The Partnership at Drugfree.org

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