Black tar heroin is a derivative of heroin, a narcotic drug what contains opium and morphine. The term “black tar” is used to allude to the appearance of the substance. Its heroin content is actually a small percentage.
What gives black tar this color is predominantly because of acetylation. Black tar heroin delivers the same “high” as pure heroin. Only creating this requires an elaborate laboratory set-up and chemicals, which is why it’s more commonly distributed in the streets and drug producers can easily create this.
Origin of black tar heroin
The substance first appeared in Latin America. The substance itself is believed to have been discovered as early as the 1870s by chemists looking to find ways to cure certain medical conditions.
In the United States, black tar heroin is largely distributed in the western and southern states, but it has also made its way in Canada and Europe.
Depending on how it was manufactured, black tar heroin can also be brown in color and may look like a rock formation but feel like sticky goo when touched. It is later cut into uniformed shapes and further enhanced with lactose powder.
Use and Effects
The substances may be melted, smoked or taken intravenously through injection. It is highly addictive and can cause an imbalance in the brain receptors. On the first few tries of ingesting the substance, it can produce euphoria. Succeeding ingestion of the drugs can result to serious health risks.
Aside from addiction, dependency to black tar heroin can result in malnutrition. And as the body loses its immune defenses and nutrients, other conditions can develop, like hepatitis and AIDS infection, especially if the addict is being careless about using the injection.
For pregnant women who are addicted to this drug, a possible abortion can also happen. If the mother comes to full term, however, the baby to be born may have serious physical and mental defects.
Over time, the body can develop tolerance for the potency of the substance. It happens when the body is already so used to its properties that it no longer delivers the same results compared to when it was initially taken.
As an addict needs to “chase the high” he may also require an increase in the intake of the heroin, without considering the risks. This is dangerous because it may lead to drug overdose or death.
Doing away with the drugs, however, is possible, especially if the addict is determined to mend his ways. There are some withdrawal side effects to these, though, and the symptoms, as well as the intensity of these symptoms, may be different for every person.
The usual signs of withdrawal include:
A rehabilitating addict may need all the support he can get from family, friends and loved-ones.