According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, heroin is an opioid drug that is synthesized from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of the Asian opium poppy plant. Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder or as a black sticky substance, known as “black tar heroin.” Young people in Columbia County, WI and all over our nation are overdosing and dying from heroin at alarming rates. To learn more about heroin, click here.

Prescription opioid pain medications, such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, can have effects similar to heroin when taken in doses or in ways other than prescribed. As seen in the chart below, "nearly all people who used heroin also used at least one other drug" (Source: National Survey on Drug use and Health, 2011-2013).