Black tar heroin is a form of heroin that used to be common in southern cities across the US due to its main production area being in Mexico. In Spanish-speaking communities, it is often referred to as ‘tar black.’
This is opposed to the white heroin commonly referred to as “China white” which typically comes from places like Afghanistan and the Golden Triangle.
The main differences between the two different heroins are the chemicals that make them up, with black tar containing many other morphine derivatives like 6-MAM, while China white is typically purer heroin, also called diacetylmorphine.
The cruder process of making black tar heroin is why it has other morphine derivatives rather than pure heroin.
The Growing Risk of Fentanyl in Black Tar
Both black tar heroin and China white heroin are both extremely addictive substances that can be snorted, eaten, or most commonly smoked or injected in order to provide the user with extreme euphoria and analgesia.
If you or a loved one has struggled with an addiction to black tar heroin in the past, then chances are you are now using fentanyl as it has quickly replaced most of the heroin trade in the United States.
Fentanyl is much more dangerous than heroin due to its extreme potency, and if you are using this drug then it is only a matter of time before you face an overdose.
If you are ready to stop playing Russian roulette with your life every time you use a drug, it may be time to call a treatment center such as Icarus Behavioral Health who offer a medically supervised detox and many treatment plans for getting people off of black tar, China white, and fentanyl.
Give their admissions department a call today to figure out which treatment option is right for you, and to begin your road to a life in recovery.
What is Tar Black or Black Tar
Black Tar is heroin. It is a crudely produced heroin from the opium gathered from poppy pods that is cooked down by inexperienced chemists to produce a sticky brown substance called black tar heroin.
Black tar is actually an extremely sought-after commodity in the drug world now that fentanyl has overtaken every other opioid in the drug market. Although fentanyl is technically stronger, almost every opioid addict on the street would prefer doing heroin because it has more euphoria and is a much more enjoyable drug to do.
The cheap manufacturing process of fentanyl makes it a much more profitable substance to sell, which makes black tar much harder to find now that everyone is doing fentanyl.
Any opioid addiction id going to be extremely hard to quit, and the folks over at Icarus Behavioral Health have all the tools, facilities, and staff to help a person get clean, and help them stay clean. Give them a call today!
Who Uses Black Tar Heroin
People all over the world have bee using black tar heroin for decades now, however in some seemingly good news on surface level, the use of black tar heroin has been steadily declining since the mid 2010’s.
Although this would seem like a good thing on face value, the reality is that this is only because of the massive replacement by the cartels of black tar heroin with the much cheaper, far dirtier, and more dangerous fentanyl.
Due to the fact that you do not need any poppy crops to produce fentanyl, it makes it ridiculously cheap to produce my Mexican chemists who simply buy the precursor chemicals from China in bulk. So while it may seem good that black tar use is down, it is only because fentanyl use is way up.
Whether you or a loved one is struggling to an addiction to heroin or fentanyl, call Icarus Behavioral Health today. Their team of professionals can point you in the right direction as far as taking the next indicated step towards a life beyond your wildest dreams.
What are the Effects of Black Tar Heroin
Black tar heroin, like many other opiates is a pain killer with euphoric properties. The analgesia is a double-edged sword because not only does it take away the physical pain, it will also numb emotional pain, and even spiritual pain.
This creates s vicious circle of causing more emotional pain on heroin so that one needs more and more to keep killing that newly accrued emotional pain.
Black tar will cause a person to nod out, or fall asleep while performing random tasks, and the addiction potential is extremely high.
Once a person starts using black tar is becomes extremely difficult to stop.
If you need help to stop, reach out and get the help you need. Call Icarus Health today and begin discussing your treatment options.
Is Tar Black Heroin Safer Than Fentanyl
This is a complicated subject, however, on the whole, black tar is safer than fentanyl. This is because of the extreme potency of fentanyl which is of course 50x stronger than heroin,
There are also arguments that fentanyl is more dangerous than heroin because it is completely synthetic and does not come from the traditional poppy plants that all other opioids come from. This means that all the chemicals that are going into it are untested on humans which could lead to many serious health issues down the road.
If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to black tar heroin or its Frankenstein cousin fentanyl then it is seriously time to think about getting some help. Icarus Behavioral Health has many different treatment options, and one will be right for you.
Heroin Cut with Fentanyl
A huge issue with almost all drugs bought on the streets, especially heroin, is the inclusion of counterfeit drugs like fentanyl in them. Fentanyl has been found in fake opiate pills such as oxycontin, it has been found in methamphetamines.
The deadly drug has even been found in counterfeit Xanax, and they will literally put it in anything to make that substance more addictive like heroin. Fake pills are the most prevalent counterfeit drugs with fentanyl, but they are literally putting it in anything nowadays, even in marijuana.
With the way things are heading, things are only going to continue to get worse. The only pragmatic solutions to these problems are harm reduction and legalization. People are always going to do drugs, and now, anything bought on the black market may have fentanyl in it.
It has never been a more dangerous time to be a person with a substance use disorder. Again, the only reasonable thing to do at the moment if you are struggling with an addiction to opiates like black tar heroin is to seek help. There are too many uncontrollable variables with fentanyl, and going to detox is literally the difference between life and death.
How Can I Tell if Someone is on Black Tar Heroin
Many people wonder, ‘how can I tell if someone is on black tar?’ The answer is that it really should be quite apparent. If someone does not do it very often, they are going to be losing consciousness randomly, or nodding out.
If they have a tolerance and have been using for some time then other signs could be prevalent such as criminal behavior, small pupils even in dark rooms, or a general change in the way they act and behave.
Another huge giveaway is if the person suddenly starts losing a lot of weight, or is constantly itching their face. All of these are huge giveaways that answer the question, ‘how can I tell if someone is on back tar heroin?’
The bottom line is that hiding a drug addiction to strong opiates is next to impossible. There will be blatantly obvious signs that may be chalked up to something else at first thanks to denial, but at some point, it will be impossible to ignore.
The most important thing when confronting someone is to be as understanding as possible and not push the person into feeling shameful. I feel like there was always a part of me that wanted to be clean and sober, and when approached with love and understanding I never refused going to treatment.
If you believe someone you love is abusing heroin, I suggest calling Icarus Behavioral Health to get more information about how to perform some sort of intervention. They will be able to guide you much better than I can through this blog.
Identifying Signs of Black Tar Heroin Overdose
Like with opioid overdoses, identifying signs of a black tar overdose are relatively easy to identify. A person suffering a black tar overdose may die if they are not treated promptly and properly with Narcan, an opioid antagonist.
Identifying signs of a black tar overdose would include seeing if the person has lost consciousness, checking if their breathing has shallowed, and checking if their heart rate has slowed. If a person has become unresponsive, and there are signs of a black tar overdose, then something must be done in order to save that person’s life.
The line between how much a black tar has to use to get high and how much it would take for them to overdose is extraordinarily thin. This is why so many opioid addicts accidentally overdose every day. This line becomes smaller the stronger the opioid is, so with black tar, the line is the smallest it has ever been. Identifying signs of a black tar overdose are crucial for saving a person’s life by determining when the right time is to administer Narcan.
What is Narcan and Administering Naloxone
Now you may be asking yourself, ‘what is Narcan and administering naloxone?’ Narcan is the brand name of naloxone, an opioid antagonist that works by forcing all of the opioid off of the receptors of a person’s brain. This immediately begins reversing the effects of the fentanyl overdose, and a person should start to regain consciousness within minutes.
Narcan is administered either as a nasal spray or in an intramuscular formulation that is injected. Either way, Narcan begins working very fast to begin bringing a person out of an overdose.
One of the side effects of naloxone is that the person will immediately begin to go into withdrawals because the opioid is no longer working in their brain. There have actually been many cases of addicts who get extremely agitated at people trying to save their lives because now they are in withdrawals and feel the need to get more black tar.
If a person has gotten to the point where they are angry about receiving Narcan, then it is beyond time for them to attempt to get treatment. Call Icarus Behavioral Health’s admissions department in order to discuss treatment options and get the ball rolling on a life in recovery,
Help is out there for anyone who seeks it, so call today and give yourself the break you deserve.