Thousands of people die of drug overdoses each year. Many overdose deaths are caused by heroin, a potent opioid drug that is highly addictive and can cause serious long-term health problems. Heroin was once considered a "hard" drug that was only used by the most desperate junkies. Over the past decade, however, heroin has become more readily available in American communities, and it is destroying the hopes and lives of a new generation. This book provides information about the effects of heroin and how this illegal drug is contributing to the ongoing opioid crisis.