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White Powder Heroin Reaching the Streets of South Charlotte, NC
In many areas throughout the U.S., heroin is sold on the streets in a white or brownish powder form and is also available as a sticky black substance referred to as black tar heroin. Heroin in all forms is very powerful and destructive and users can easily become physically and psychologically addicted with frequent use.
In Charlotte, North Carolina black tar heroin isn't the only form of the drug available on their streets anymore according to a wcnc.com news report this week. Black tar heroin was the most dominate form of the illegal drug available in south Charlotte for a many years, but it appears another form of the drug is reaching their streets and could possibly pose a danger to some teens. White powder heroin started showing up in south Charlotte about 6 months ago according to their police. Vice officers seized over a hundred and fifty thousand dollars' worth of both white and black tar heroin during an apartment complex major drug bust in east Charlotte the month before.
Mercy Horizons director of Substance Abuse Services, Robert Martin reports, they started treating patients for white heroin about 6 months prior. According to the news report, the black tar form of heroin is most often injected but the white powder form of the drug can also be snorted or smoked, so it could be more appealing to some adolescents.
Heroin is dangerous and highly addictive no matter what form of the drug a person uses. Hopefully the white powder form of heroin won't be around very long in Charlotte like it is in other major northern cities such as Baltimore and New York. Some people say white powder heroin is easier to use than the black tar form of the drug according to the report, so we can only hope that it doesn't become popular in Charlotte or any other part of North Carolina in the future.