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So, what makes the Opioid Crisis such a tricky and dangerous situation for America? Despite the fact that a large portion of drugs fueling this epidemic are 100% legal, the U.S. borders (and those of adjacent nations) have massive holes that (through some bizarre happenings) allow illegal substances to be imported from Mexico. If you are familiar with the drug heroin or have known someone who is addicted to it, then you might know about a substance called “black tar” (an impure, burnt form of the drug). Frequently, this illegal gunk is shipped in from Mexican drug cartels and exported to locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. After reading more about this substance, you will definitely see why America has a serious problem on its hands. Let’s take a closer look at some facts about the infamous “black tar” heroin.

Low Grade, Crude Heroin

As its name suggests, black tar is an unclean form of heroin that looks like sticky, thick tar and has a gummy texture. A popular export of Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTO), this substance is commonly sent to portions of the U.S. west of the Mississippi River and in parts of Canada. With a wide range like that, you can see why the public is so concerned. Due to its sticky form, black tar is usually ingested or smoked (as it is very difficult to inject).

One myth surrounding black tar is the speculation that this version of heroin is not addictive, given the fact that it is a cruder form. However, the fact of the matter is that heroin, regardless of its form, is highly addictive and extremely dangerous. Therefore, “black tar” is no exception, despite the fact that it is not as potent as other forms. In fact, this common misconception about this variety of heroin can frequently lead to overdoses.

Black Tar’s Effects

As indicated, all forms of heroin produce the same effects. However, what singles out black tar is its impure state, contrasting greatly with white heroin (which can be cut with other dangerous drugs for a lower cost). For the purpose of production, black tar boasts a purity level of 30%. Although it is much cheaper than pure heroin, black tar contains more toxins and poisons.

Seeking Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder   

Always remember that drugs do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.

The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.