Signs of Opiate Use- Specifically Heroin & Suboxone
The following pictures show actual drug paraphernalia seized by Police. Some of the pictures may help parents identify possible signs of drug use. Signs to look for include plastic sandwich baggie ties, brown or white powder residue, burnt or discolored spoons, plastic bottle caps, and hypodermic needles.
· Small corner sandwich baggie of heroin. Dealers will fill a corner of a
andwich baggie, twist it, tie it, and cut off the remainder of the bag.
· Heroin may be white or brown but usually off white.
· This size bag is approximately 1 gram and costs around $45-$60.
· Hypodermic needle and heroin baggie.
· Plastic bag with “the works”. Plastic bottle cap, Q-tip/ cotton swab,
· ‘The Works” is considered drug paraphernalia. Used together with a spoon,
water and a lighter, they prepare powder heroin to go through a filtration
system using (cotton swab or ball). The heroin turns to liquid which can
then be injected intravenously.
· Suboxone tablets, used to treat heroin and opiate addiction.
They are now being sold or traded on the street for heroin.
They are orange colored and are hexagon shaped. Some addicts will
break them in quarter pieces.
· Spoons used to cook the heroin into liquid form.
· The brown residue is the cotton ball/swab used to filter the heroin,
thus causing the cotton to turn a brownish color.
· Missing and or dirty discolored spoons are an immediate sign.
· Plastic bottle cap. In this instance, a plastic bottle cap was used
instead of a spoon to cook the heroin.
· Notice the brown heroin residue inside the cap.
· A paper fold containing white powder- heroin.
· Often times addicts will try and hide their heroin in this type of manner,
attempting to trick someone into thinking it’s only a scrap piece of paper.