Another topic in our Real Truth series
The Real Truth about Heroin
Some of us may not be aware how long this drug has been around and what the production of Heroin has done to the human being.
The following is an extract taken from our forthcoming book titled The Real Truth about Heroin and is another wake up call to say:
The way we are going about dealing with drugs is not working – so is there Another Way?
Read on… consider, ponder and contemplate on ALL the Questions in this simple, informative presentation.
European Drug Report 2020 – Key Issues
2017 – 5.2 tonnes of heroin seized, mainly due to large individual seizures made in the port of Antwerp (Belgium).
2018 – Heroin seized in the European Union increased to 9.7 tonnes.
2017 – Turkey seized -17.4 tonnes of heroin.
2018 -17.8 tonnes – Largest quantities for a decade.
The potential for increased heroin use and existing harms raise concerns.
Indicators of heroin use continue to suggest an ageing cohort of users with low rates of initiation. In addition, new drug treatment entries associated with heroin have also fallen in many countries. However, a doubling of the volumes of heroin seized within the European Union and increasing volumes seized in Turkey are worrying, as are reports of heroin manufacturing taking place within the European Union. This suggests more vigilance is necessary to detect any signs of increased consumer interest in a drug associated with serious health and social problems.
Heroin Users Entering Treatment
24 – mean age at first use
35 – mean age at treatment entry
Frequency of use in the last month
65% – daily
Route of administration
47% – Smoking/Inhaling
34% – Injecting
20,400 – first time entrants
86,400 – previously treated entrants
2018 – 16 tonnes of the heroin precursor chemical acetic anhydride was seized in the European Union and the supply of a further 9 tonnes was stopped before it entered the supply chain.
The discovery of laboratories producing heroin from morphine in Bulgaria, Czechia, Spain and the Netherlands in recent years, together with an increase in morphine and opium seizures suggests some heroin is now manufactured in the European Union.
Opioids, mainly Heroin or its metabolites, often in combination with other substances, are present in the majority of fatal overdoses reported in Europe. (1)
This is bang up to date – a report highlighting some key issues here.
We could champion and make noises to celebrate the great amount of Heroin that is being seized in Europe OR we could consider a very important Question:
How much Heroin is actually reaching its destination under the radar, to the customer who makes the demand?
Are we really and truly anywhere close to being on the front foot when it comes to Heroin?
We may think because less people are coming in for treatment associated with Heroin and double the volumes of Heroin are being seized within the European Union, that things are sorted.
How do we detect signs of increased consumer interest when it comes to Heroin?
How do we behave in life when it comes to talking about Drugs and what it is doing to the human frame?
Do we know beyond doubt it is going on but have no interest in doing anything or saying anything as it makes us uncomfortable?
Do we see it on our streets, in our neighbourhoods, know of it behind closed doors, but we see no point in calling it out and exposing what is going on?
What are Drug Precursors?
Drug precursors are chemicals that are primarily used for the legal production of a wide range of products, like medicine, perfumes, plastics, cosmetics etc.,
Drug precursor diversion happens when criminals or criminal organizations take these products out of the legal market and use them for illegal purposes.
Acetic anhydride is an important reaction agent for the illicit production of heroin.
1kg of Heroin production requires 1 – 1.5 litre of acetic anhydride (2)
What is Acetic Anhydride?
Acetic anhydride appears as a clear colorless liquid with a strong odour of vinegar.
Corrosive to metals and tissue. (3)
It is used in making plastics, drugs, dyes, perfumes, explosives and aspirin. (4)
Acetic anhydride is very corrosive and a severe skin irritant
RISK: Direct contact with liquid may result in chemical burns.
Allergic skin reactions have been reported in some people.
Severe eye irritation characterised by burning, tearing, swelling and sensitivity to light can occur if acetic anhydride is splashed into the eyes. Burns to the surface of the eyes, scarring, cataracts and temporary or permanent vision loss have been reported. Eye, nose and throat irritation occurs with moderate acetic anhydride vapor levels in the air.
High acetic anhydride vapor exposure may result in nasal ulcers and spasms in the lungs. Breathing difficulties, accumulation of fluid in the lungs and death have been reported following very high acetic anhydride exposures in industrial accidents. Fetal toxicity was observed in laboratory animals following exposure to high air levels of acetic anhydride during pregnancy. At this high exposure level, the mothers showed severe respiratory tract irritation and body weight reduction. (3)
Acetic anhydride is banned in many countries because it is used as the major precursor for the production of heroin and is also used in the manufacture of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). (5)
Can we all wake up and pay attention here?
To keep it very Simple so we all get it – the stuff used to produce perfumes and plastics are used to make Heroin. This is then ingested into the body.
We are talking about illegal Heroin, which you get from the drug dealers.
Research is telling us that a clear liquid called acetic anhydride which smells like vinegar is an important ingredient for illicit Heroin.
For the record this chemical they mix into Heroin is very corrosive.
So, what exactly does that mean – let’s research and expand on this…
If something is corrosive, it means that it causes corrosion, which is a process of corroding – damage slowly by chemical reaction.
In other words, destroy or weaken gradually.
The origin of the word corrode
late Middle English: from Latin corrodere, from cor- (expressing intensive force) + rodere ‘gnaw’. (6)
Check this out – a chemical added to Heroin to supply our drug demand has intensive force that consistently bites (gnaws) to wear it away.
What on earth is going on and WHY?
Who comes up with this potent poison to sell on and profit from?
WHY is there a demand for this toxic addictive substance on our streets?
This add on to Heroin called acetic anhydride can cause breathing difficulties and a catalogue of other side effects.
It gets worse – this stuff is banned in many countries because it is the major precursor for the production of Heroin but wait for it…
They use this in the manufacture of improvised explosive devices. (IED)
What is an Improvised Explosive Device?
YES – you have read correctly
We as humans have produced a toxic substance to ingest that literally erodes the human being from the inside.
We use a chemical for making bombs and that same chemical is added to Heroin.
How serious is that and are we all fully aware of this?
What if we brought some real education into schools like this presentation on Heroin and gave our children some real insight into the harm of what Drugs are, how long they have been around and the damage it does?
(1) European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. (2020). European Drug Report 2020: KEY ISSUES. Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg (pp.8, 12 – 13, 16, 22)
(2) (n.d). What are Drug Precursors? European Commission. Retrieved February 8, 2021 from
(3) (2021, February 7). Acetic Anhydride. Pub Chem. Retrieved February 8, 2021 from
(4) (2005, December). Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet. New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Retrieved February 8, 2021 from
(5) (2016, January 14). Tanzania in the Spotlight Over ‘Bomb’ Chemical Seized in Pakistan. The East African. Retrieved February 10, 2021 from
(6) (n.d). Lexico. Retrieved February 27, 2021 from