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Heroin Facts

  • Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed-pod of the Asian poppy plant.
  • Typically, a heroin abuser may inject up to four times a day.
  • As heroin leaves the brain and body, users experience withdrawal symptoms, which are often described as feeling like a severe case of flu.
  • Over 80% of heroin users inject with a partner, yet 80% of overdose victims found by paramedics are found alone.

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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