Heroin is highly addictive opiate drug and is made from the resin of poppy plants. Additional drugs in this family are opium, morphine, and codeine. It is medically available and used to relieve pain but it highly exploited since it gives the user the feeling of euphoria and calmness, especially when taken in greater dosage.
In current times, there has been a high demand in addiction drugs compared to prescription drugs in the opiate family such as OxyContin. The drug originally came into the market as a strong painkiller and was sold with a prescription. However, it was later found be highly addictive and people who prescribed to it had begun abusing the drug.
To buy a drug without a prescription is very expensive and hence people started searching for cheaper alternative means like heroin to get their high. The effects of both prescription opiates and heroin are the same and its strength depends on the dosage amount and the way of intake. In reference to this, opiate addiction will be mentioned as heroin addiction.