Heroin is an opioid drug that is synthesized from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of the Asian opium poppy plant. Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder or as a black sticky substance, known as “black tar heroin.”
In 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or older (or 1.6 percent) had used heroin at least once in their lives. It is estimated that about 23 percent of individuals who use heroin become dependent on it.
Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The FBI says heroin abuse seems to getting worse in Wisconsin as abusers seek a cheaper alternative to prescription pills such as Vicodin and Percocet.
Law enforcement officials have seen a spike in heroin usage since about 2008. Because of reporting variations around the state, it's been hard to quantify just how bad the problem is.
So the FBI conducted a yearlong analysis. The agency made its report made available Tuesday, and said the observations are based largely on anecdotal data because hard statistics aren't readily available.
The FBI says heroin apparently arrives in Wisconsin by way of Minneapolis, Chicago, and Rockford, Illinois. One hit costs $12 to $15 in Milwaukee and about twice that, due to supply and demand, in the Green Bay area.