Identifying a family member who is using drugs is an important step toward early intervention and treatment. Providing support for children, teenagers, young adults, or other family members who have a substance use disorder can make a big difference in their recovery.
Heroin can take on many different looks, textures, and purity levels. In the Midwest, heroin is typically found in powder form, while it is a black tar like substance on the west coast. In a powder, heroin can come in different shades of white and brown.
Heroin is not sold at 100% purity. Different regions and dealers throughout the United States use different levels of purity. When someone buys heroin, they do not know the purity level of the heroin they are purchasing. The risk of overdose increases when someone uses a more pure form of heroin suddenly.