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Heroin is a very addictive chemical called diacetylmorphine. Heroin is a modified form of morphine, a highly abundant opium derived from the seedpods of the poppy plant.
Metrohm’s new ID Kit enables fast, easy, and accurate detection of heroin and other opioids

Metrohm’s new ID Kit enables fast, easy, and accurate detection of heroin and other opioids

Researchers awarded grant to advance testing of experimental heroin vaccine

Researchers awarded grant to advance testing of experimental heroin vaccine

Black market for suboxone gives some a glimpse of recovery

Black market for suboxone gives some a glimpse of recovery

Regular use of party drug GHB associated with brain changes

Regular use of party drug GHB associated with brain changes

Judges in California losing sway over court-ordered drug treatment

Judges in California losing sway over court-ordered drug treatment

Researcher wins $200,000 prize for creating polymer-based fiber mat that detects opiate residues

Researcher wins $200,000 prize for creating polymer-based fiber mat that detects opiate residues

Workers overdose on the job, and employers struggle to respond

Workers overdose on the job, and employers struggle to respond

Scientists develop new protocol for measuring background levels of drugs in forensic labs

Scientists develop new protocol for measuring background levels of drugs in forensic labs

Recategorization recommendations for drug in hallucinogenic mushrooms

Recategorization recommendations for drug in hallucinogenic mushrooms

New science-based curriculum released to teach adolescents about opioid risks

New science-based curriculum released to teach adolescents about opioid risks

Effective management of neonatal abstinence syndrome requires coordinated ‘cascade of care’

Effective management of neonatal abstinence syndrome requires coordinated ‘cascade of care’

People battling substance use disorders may benefit from meth-relapse prevention compound

People battling substance use disorders may benefit from meth-relapse prevention compound

Half as many people are trying heroin, but marijuana use grows

Half as many people are trying heroin, but marijuana use grows

RAND establishes research center for combating opioid epidemic

RAND establishes research center for combating opioid epidemic

Must-reads of the week from Brianna Labuskes

Must-reads of the week from Brianna Labuskes

Cannabis users experience increased cortical activation during the brain's resting state

Cannabis users experience increased cortical activation during the brain's resting state

Researchers take major step forward in finding safe and non-addictive pain killer

Researchers take major step forward in finding safe and non-addictive pain killer

Study explores effects of combined, isolated use of cannabis and nicotine on the brain

Study explores effects of combined, isolated use of cannabis and nicotine on the brain

Drug overdose continues to be a significant cause of death in Australia

Drug overdose continues to be a significant cause of death in Australia

Study may fuel need for effective drug testing in hospital emergency departments

Study may fuel need for effective drug testing in hospital emergency departments