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Heroin Facts

  • As heroin leaves the brain and body, users experience withdrawal symptoms, which are often described as feeling like a severe case of flu.
  • Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed-pod 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.
  • The large majority of heroin is illegally manufactured and imported, which originates largely from the Indian sub-continent.

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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