America’s current opioid epidemic has made people hungry for information about the legal and illicit drugs that fall into this category. Given the tragedies we are witnessing because of heroin and fentanyl overdoses, offering more information about opioids is a good idea. If people can better understand how drugs work and how they affect the human body, it’s possible that understanding will curtail abuse. In this writing, we will address the differences between opium vs. heroin.
Statistics show approximately 13.5 million people use opioids such as prescription drugs and heroin in the world. This includes approximately 9.2 million who use heroin worldwide. In the United States, there are less than 900,000 heroin users.