There is no doubt that the huge heroin epidemic in the United States is not confined to the inner city, but has blossomed into suburbia and rural America. It is responsible for countless overdose deaths; meanwhile, abuse-deterrent formulations (ADFs) have come to the forefront of the abused pharmaceuticals arena, making drugs such as OxyContin less desirable on the street market.
The heroin of today is far different than the heroin of the late 1960s and early 1970s, when it was less than 10% pure. Today’s heroin is significantly more pure than its predecessor, sometimes reaching 60% to 70% pure, and it is capable of being successfully snorted in addition to being injected. I think this ability to snort heroin can be somewhat misleading to frequent users who may think they are not really addicted since they don’t inject this potent opiate. [Read more…]