Black Tar Heroin Guide - Solutions Recovery

Black Tar Heroin Guide

What is Black Tar Heroin?

The color and consistency of black tar heroin is a result from its crude processing methods. It is often sold on the street in its tar-like state at purity ranging from 20 percent to 80 percent.

Black tar heroin is often sold in small foil or cellophane packets or in small toy balloons. To develop customers quickly, dealers may specifically target patients of methadone clinics.

These clinics are where heroin addicts receive the drug methadone, which blocks helps with the withdrawal effects of heroin. The potency of street heroin is rarely known and overdose often results.


Black tar heroin is a type of illicit opiate narcotic drug formed from the incomplete acetylation of morphine.


Black tar heroin may be sticky like roofing tar or hard like coal. Its color may vary from dark brown to black.

Street Names:

Brown, Black, Tar, Dope, Boy, Chiva, Mexican Mud, La Negra, Hop, Niff

Routes of Administration

  • Injecting
  • Snorting
  • Smoking

Short – Term Effects

  • Initially produces a feeling of tranquility and euphoria followed by drowsiness, nausea, vomiting.
  • Warm flush feeling of the skin
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Severe itching
  • Suppressed appetite
  • Users who inject black tar heroin may also experience a “rush” as the drug circulates through the body.
  • Suppressed Sexual Desire
  • Tolerance to pain increased

Long – Term Effects

  • Infection of HIV/AIDS
  • Hepatitis
  • Collapsed veins
  • Bacterial infections
  • Abscesses
  • Infection of heart lining and valves
  • Arthritis and other rheumatologic problems
  • Ultimately Death