A large contributor to the opioid epidemic, heroin is a type of opioid that has been used for many years to treat pain, but it is also highly addictive and often abused. It is a natural drug derived from the opium poppy plant that is usually grown in Mexico, South America, and parts of Southeast Asia. The seed pod from this plant is what gives users the euphoric high and also what makes heroin so addictive. Heroin may also be cut or laced with other drugs or substances depending on where it is made and who produces it. Because heroin is illegal in the United States and not regulated by any formal entity, there are a few different forms of heroin; even batches from the same seller can also vary drastically.
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