Heroin, or diacetylmorphine, is a semi synthetic opiate made from morphine, which derives from opium, the dried milk of the opium poppy. In 1898, the synthetic drug began being sold as an over-the-counter cough suppressant and was highly recommended by doctors. However, the International Opium Convention in 1912 put an end to the misunderstanding of opium use, and the drug was restricted from legal distribution. Since then, we have seen a huge increase in the illegal use and activity of heroin use with numbers rising every day.
Heroin-related deaths have increased four times in a decade according to a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An epidemic of heroin usage has sprung in the United States and it is continuing to grow.