Heroin - No Longer What it Seems

Heroin has existed for centuries in one form or another, originally discovered by the Chinese and refined over the years to increase its potency. The heroin of today would be unrecognizable to those early users, as it has become adulterated with additives and fillers for the sake of profits by the drug cartels and distributors who have cornered the illicit market. This excessive tampering with the formulation of today’s heroin has greatly exacerbated the opiate crisis sweeping the nation, contributing to both the rates of addiction and fatalities as a result of overdose seen every day.

For those who have relocated to South Florida from other areas of the country, especially the northeast, the impurity and potency of the heroin sold on the streets of Florida starkly contrasts with what they were used to in their active addiction back home. Many addicts coming from New York and New Jersey areas were still able to procure traditional heroin back home, at least until recently. Once they relocate to South Florida for treatment and aftercare, relapsing in this new locale involves a much higher risk of relapse, as their customary dose back home did not take into account the addition of fentanyl and other highly potent synthetic opioids.

Even those who have experienced active addiction locally are often caught off guard by the wild variations in potency seen in today’s heroin. Because there is no formally dictated recipe for the drug, the levels of additives and fillers changes from one batch to the next, resulting in a wide spectrum of efficacy in today’s heroin market. There is only one way to mitigate the risk associated with the inconsistency seen in today’s heroin, and that is to live in recovery and abstain from substance use.

Heroin was once considered a mild opiate whose users were experienced enough with the drug to avoid an unintentional overdose. This is no longer possible, as the heroin of today bears little to no resemblance to the product seen a few decades ago. The substantial alterations made to the heroin of today pose a significant risk of death which is entirely unavoidable should you continue to purchase and consume heroin on the street. Variations in potency mean you are taking your life into your hands every time you get high, and in light of this reality you should absolutely seek treatment for your substance abuse disorder as soon as possible. The Admissions Counselors at Evolutions Treatment Center are available 24 hours a day to help you make the shift from active addiction to sobriety. Call today at 833-818-3031 and take this first lifesaving step towards sobriety.


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visit www.evolutionstreatment.com