Brief History of Heroin

The poppy plant, from which opioids derive, has been around for centuries, primarily growing in central and southwest Asia and, more recently, in Latin America. Throughout time, people have been finding ways to synthesize it into drugs.

During the 19th century, dark Victorian parlors in the U.S. housed smoke-filled rooms of opium users. And in the Wild West, opium derivatives were used for medical pain.

Today, opioid and heroin abuse has become a nationwide epidemic. Heroin users often started their addiction with a prescription for painkillers before moving on to the stronger, illegal narcotic.