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Free bags of heroin sicken at least 7 on West Side (Chicago)
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 8-17-2005 | Annie Sweeney

Posted on 08/17/2005 1:15:00 PM PDT by Cagey

It was free but sickening.

Ambulances responded multiple times Tuesday to the same West Side neighborhood after at least seven people became ill after taking freebie bags of heroin, Chicago Police said.

Police think the heroin was being offered in the 1400 block of West Hastings.

Victims told authorities that they received free heroin in orange baggies and had taken it before getting sick. At least one victim was found passed out with his fists clenched, police spokesman Pat Camden said.

It's unclear what was wrong with the heroin, although one possibility is it was more pure than what the users were used to.

Offering free drugs is a common tactic that gangs use to lure new customers, he said. But Chicago Police wanted to warn potential drug users to be wary.

"It's the old adage,'' Camden said. "There ain't no free lunch.''


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: badheroin; drugs; freedrugs; freeheroin; heroin; poisondrugs; taintedheroin
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1 posted on 08/17/2005 1:15:01 PM PDT by Cagey
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To: Cagey

Idiots. Absolute idiots.

"I'm gonna stick that in my blood and see what happens".


2 posted on 08/17/2005 1:16:15 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Cagey

As with anything, you get what you pay for.


3 posted on 08/17/2005 1:16:25 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Cagey

social darwinism!


4 posted on 08/17/2005 1:16:32 PM PDT by minus_273
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To: Cagey

old adage....first one's free...next one's 5 bucks.


5 posted on 08/17/2005 1:16:47 PM PDT by stylin19a (In golf, some are long, I'm "Lama Long")
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To: Cagey

There are no free lunches, but apparently there are free baggies of very pure heroin. Go figure.


6 posted on 08/17/2005 1:17:27 PM PDT by SengirV
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To: Cagey
Hmm second similar story about tainted H today. I wonder if this is some sort of OBL type of plan to kill everyone in the us (since we all do heroin) or some sort of vigilante effort to clean up the streets.
7 posted on 08/17/2005 1:17:29 PM PDT by tfecw (It's for the children)
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To: AppyPappy
Idiots. Absolute idiots.

Addicts.

There's a difference.

8 posted on 08/17/2005 1:17:46 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Islam is merely Nazism without the snappy fashion sense.)
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To: Cagey

Stay away from the red rope licorice.


9 posted on 08/17/2005 1:18:17 PM PDT by JimWforBush (Alcohol - For the best times you'll never remember)
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To: Lazamataz

OK

Addicted idiots.


10 posted on 08/17/2005 1:18:50 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Cagey

Anybody remember Islam, Incorporated, from "A Naked Lunch"?


11 posted on 08/17/2005 1:20:40 PM PDT by SlowBoat407 (subway sweeps by with black blast of iron)
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To: Cagey

Cases reported in New York as well.


12 posted on 08/17/2005 1:21:10 PM PDT by jer33 3
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To: Cagey; Sam's Army; Jersey Republican Biker Chick

Well, when the trust between a drug dealer and junkie is breached, it doesn't say much for society these days. 

There was a time when honor and chivalry prevailed.  Works were shared in good cheer and you could take a man at his word that he wasn't selling you a bag of dummies.  A blue bag stood for something, quality, care, and smack cut with flour, not Ajax.  You could look a man in the eye and know that you'd be chasing the dragon in good hands.

My heart yearns for that kinder, simpler time.

Owl_Eagle

(If what I just wrote makes you sad or angry,

 it was probably sarcasm)

13 posted on 08/17/2005 1:21:17 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Cagey

Free heroin? Rats! I didn't get the memo in time.


14 posted on 08/17/2005 1:21:56 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Yes I backed over the vampire, but I swear I didn't see it in my rearview mirror.)
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To: AppyPappy
Addicted idiots.

Let's shoot for 'Still-suffering addicts'.

15 posted on 08/17/2005 1:23:02 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Islam is merely Nazism without the snappy fashion sense.)
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To: Owl_Eagle

Hear, hear!! We all long for that simpler time.


16 posted on 08/17/2005 1:23:05 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Yes I backed over the vampire, but I swear I didn't see it in my rearview mirror.)
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To: Cagey

Good!


17 posted on 08/17/2005 1:23:05 PM PDT by Dallas59 (“You love life, while we love death.” - Al-Qaeda / Democratic Party)
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To: Cagey

Self correcting problem.


18 posted on 08/17/2005 1:24:39 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If you must obey your party, may your chains rest lightly upon your shoulders.)
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To: tfecw

So if someone is offering free coke I should just say NO?


19 posted on 08/17/2005 1:25:06 PM PDT by Holicheese (Would you like a beer? No thanks, I will have a bud light.)
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To: Cagey
TANSTAAFHB
20 posted on 08/17/2005 1:25:58 PM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: Lazamataz
Addicts. There's a difference.

Addiction - surrendering control of self to a thing, very bad

Felix, qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas
21 posted on 08/17/2005 1:26:08 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Holicheese

Yes, you should refrain from taking the Pepsi/Coke challenge at all costs. They fill your mailbox with propaganda until you move. ;)


22 posted on 08/17/2005 1:26:45 PM PDT by tfecw (It's for the children)
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To: HangnJudge
Addiction - surrendering control of self to a thing, very bad

Agreed.

However, with this broad form of definition, those who covet consumer goods can be labeled as addicts.

23 posted on 08/17/2005 1:28:34 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Islam is merely Nazism without the snappy fashion sense.)
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To: tfecw

There was a story a while back about terrorists approching the drug cartels in south America. Seems that the cartels didn't see the productivity in killing their clients.


24 posted on 08/17/2005 1:28:35 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If you must obey your party, may your chains rest lightly upon your shoulders.)
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To: Lazamataz
However, with this broad form of definition, those who covet consumer goods can be labeled as addicts.

This is a functional definition, not a medical / physiological one
but it works for me

Felix, qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas
25 posted on 08/17/2005 1:31:38 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Cagey

Was the free heroin given out by the democratic party or the NAALCP to register voters?


26 posted on 08/17/2005 1:32:30 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: SlowBoat407

LoL. Burrough's writing was fascinating. Wierd, perverted, loathesome but fascinating. While Naked Lunch was the best The Ticket that Exploded, The Soft Machine, Nova Express also very interesting. Even his straight narratives like the Wild Boys were good. As was a biography, Literary Outlaw.


27 posted on 08/17/2005 1:32:33 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (Public Enemy #1, the RATmedia.)
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To: Cagey
At least one victim was found passed out with his fists clenched

That doesn't sound like a purity problem to me, as it seems like really pure heroin would just make you completely go limp, and hit the floor in a state of poppy produced oblivion.

28 posted on 08/17/2005 1:33:52 PM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: Lazamataz

Let's shoot for not bending over backwards to pour pity on every single person who has an addiction.


29 posted on 08/17/2005 1:34:30 PM PDT by ShadowDancer (As for the types of comments I make,sometimes I just, By God,get carried away with my own eloquence.)
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To: Holicheese
So if someone is offering free coke I should just say NO?

Yes and also PepsiFree

30 posted on 08/17/2005 1:35:21 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Yes I backed over the vampire, but I swear I didn't see it in my rearview mirror.)
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To: justshutupandtakeit
Whoa, okay, you're maybe just a little too into Burroughs!

: )

31 posted on 08/17/2005 1:35:29 PM PDT by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
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To: ShadowDancer
Let's shoot for not bending over backwards to pour pity on every single person who has an addiction.

I have great empathy for the still-suffering addict. I was one.

32 posted on 08/17/2005 1:37:08 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Islam is merely Nazism without the snappy fashion sense.)
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To: cripplecreek
there was a story a while back about terrorists approching the drug cartels in south America. Seems that the cartels didn't see the productivity in killing their clients.

Right, I was thinking more a pissed off father or something like that with the vigilante idea. I think my imagination is running wild with that one though. Probably someone screwed up a batch and wasn't going to tell his extremely dangerous boss he contaminated (enter extremely high number)dollars of Heroin, or ran out out of whatever they usually cut H with and substituted with something else.
33 posted on 08/17/2005 1:37:52 PM PDT by tfecw (It's for the children)
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To: Cagey

Read this in the New York Post Yesterday...

August 16, 2005 -- A $20 bag of bad drugs bought outside a Lower East Side bar may have been what killed two bright co-eds found unconscious in an apartment after a day of boozing, law-enforcement sources said yesterday.

Cops — who believe the tragic teens bought coke and possibly heroin on a party bender Friday — are now investigating whether their deaths can be linked to a bad batch of narcotics that also may have led to the death, by apparent overdose, of a man in his Lower East Side apartment Wednesday, sources said.


Kristopher Korkowski, a 24-year-old Russian hairdresser, was found unconscious on his sofa in his home on Avenue B.


Popular NYU scholarship student Maria Pesantez, 18, and her high-school pal, Mellie Carballo, an 18-year-old Hunter College freshman, died after passing out in the home of an ex-con and his friend whom they had met up with at the bar, sources said.
http://www.nypost.com/seven/08162005/news/regionalnews/51944.htm


34 posted on 08/17/2005 1:40:27 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: Lazamataz

I know you were. That doesn't change that most people can change their behavior if they really want to. A friend of my husband's just died at the age of 44 due to alcohol and prescription drug abuse. I didn't grieve for him one bit. I did and do the wife and three boys he left behind when it wasn't written in stone that it had to be.


35 posted on 08/17/2005 1:40:31 PM PDT by ShadowDancer (As for the types of comments I make,sometimes I just, By God,get carried away with my own eloquence.)
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To: tfecw

Yeah, if terrorists did something like this they would use ricin or something and be done with it.


36 posted on 08/17/2005 1:41:24 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If you must obey your party, may your chains rest lightly upon your shoulders.)
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To: freedomson

Well I have read everything I am aware of that he has written. But that goes for many authors.

Hey who wouldn't wonder about a guy who shot H for 40 or 50 years and knew more about drugs than the Pharmacy School at the University of Illinois.


37 posted on 08/17/2005 1:41:59 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (Public Enemy #1, the RATmedia.)
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To: Lazamataz

I was a drunk for years and that's just as bad in my book.


38 posted on 08/17/2005 1:42:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If you must obey your party, may your chains rest lightly upon your shoulders.)
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To: ShadowDancer

I grieve for him. I grieve for any addict who never hears the message of NA, or who hears it and doesn't heed it.


39 posted on 08/17/2005 1:47:37 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Islam is merely Nazism without the snappy fashion sense.)
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To: Lazamataz

Sorry, I can't agree with you there.


40 posted on 08/17/2005 1:49:14 PM PDT by ShadowDancer (As for the types of comments I make,sometimes I just, By God,get carried away with my own eloquence.)
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To: ShadowDancer

That's okay.


41 posted on 08/17/2005 1:50:16 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Islam is merely Nazism without the snappy fashion sense.)
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To: Lazamataz

Whiney addicts piss me off.


42 posted on 08/17/2005 1:51:56 PM PDT by Woman on Caroline Street (I'm not a canned good. Please don't label me.)
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To: BipolarBob

How about a big bottle of Moxie?
Ouch that stuff was rough.


43 posted on 08/17/2005 1:52:19 PM PDT by Holicheese (Would you like a beer? No thanks, I will have a bud light.)
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To: Cagey

And the reason I should care? Let 'em face the consequences.


44 posted on 08/17/2005 1:52:22 PM PDT by Little Ray (I'm a reactionary, hirsute, gun-owning, knuckle dragging, Christian Neanderthal and proud of it!)
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To: Cagey
TANSTAFH*
45 posted on 08/17/2005 1:55:29 PM PDT by Constitution Day (*There Ain't No Such Thing As Free Heroin)
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To: Woman on Caroline Street
#42..Grow some love, will ya!....sheesh!
46 posted on 08/17/2005 4:32:10 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: Guenevere

Read Lazamataz's profile before you tell ME to get some love.


47 posted on 08/17/2005 4:39:13 PM PDT by Woman on Caroline Street (Welcome to the Twelve Steppers. What's YOUR problem?)
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To: Cagey

What a dilemma. Who do they sue?


48 posted on 08/17/2005 4:41:26 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all.)
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To: Cagey

Great idea to combat drug use though.


49 posted on 08/17/2005 4:45:31 PM PDT by knak (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing)
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To: Woman on Caroline Street
#47..I've read it.
It's cool.

Don't insult Laz...he's a good guy!

50 posted on 08/17/2005 4:46:00 PM PDT by Guenevere
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