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Heroin Facts

  • Heroin accounts for the majority of the illicit opiate abuse in America.
  • Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of the Asian poppy plant.
  • The intensity of the users heroin rush is a function of how much heroin is taken and how rapidly the drug enters the brain and binds to the natural opioid receptors.
  • Users often experience nausea and vomiting the first time they take heroin, especially after injecting.

100 Deaths related to Buprenorphine




According to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (UN/INCB), worldwide usage and availability of buprenorphine has increased substantially in recent years. Buprenorphine production has grown from 35 kg in 1980 to 460 kg in 1998. In France, imports increased from 5 kg in 1994 to 159 kg in 1998. The increased availability of buprenorphine in France coincides with the marketing of high-dose sublingual tablets and has been accompanied by increased diversion and abuse and over 100 buprenorphine-related deaths.

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