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Bad heroin suspected in overdose deaths
fort wayne gazette ^ | 02/08/06

Posted on 02/08/2006 2:09:35 PM PST by hoosierboy

PORTAGE – After the recent overdose death of a 22-year-old man, Porter County police are investigating whether a tainted batch of heroin blamed for a dozen deaths in Chicago has leaked into northwest Indiana.

Shawn Polewski was found dead from a heroin overdose at a Portage home Saturday. He was a 2002 Portage High School graduate and an Ivy Tech College student. Polewski’s death marked the second overdose death in Porter County blamed on heroin in the past week. Meaghan Green, 19, of Chesterton, was found dead at her home Jan. 30.

Robert Taylor, coordinator of the Porter County narcotics unit, said he had ordered laboratory tests to determine whether the deaths were connected with a batch of heroin that has killed 12 people in Chicago in the past three weeks.

Authorities suspect the contaminated heroin was cut with a painkiller prescribed for cancer patients. Investigators said death comes within minutes to those who used the tainted narcotic.


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KEYWORDS: drugs; heroin; wod
Bad heroin? As opposed to good heroin???
1 posted on 02/08/2006 2:09:36 PM PST by hoosierboy
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To: hoosierboy

It's getting so you can't even trust your pusher.


2 posted on 02/08/2006 2:10:19 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: hoosierboy
"Investigators said death comes within minutes to those who used the tainted narcotic."

Cool!

3 posted on 02/08/2006 2:11:01 PM PST by CWOJackson
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Best line of the day


4 posted on 02/08/2006 2:11:53 PM PST by Xenophobic Alien (At a higher altitude with flag unfurled We reached the dizzy heights of that dreamed of world)
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To: CWOJackson

I hope someone thinks its "cool" when you make a mistake and die from it.


5 posted on 02/08/2006 2:12:57 PM PST by RolandBurnam (I WANT SOME PORK RINDS!!!!!)
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To: RolandBurnam

Good thing for me I don't do drugs. Cool!


6 posted on 02/08/2006 2:13:55 PM PST by CWOJackson
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To: hoosierboy

My pusher only uses organic ingredients, so I know it's safe.


7 posted on 02/08/2006 2:14:19 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: hoosierboy
Bad heroin? As opposed to good heroin???

Funny you should put it that way, often times heroin overdoses are caused by the product being cut incorrectly, sometimes not enough. So in effect, it can be so good it kills you.

8 posted on 02/08/2006 2:14:28 PM PST by Slicksadick (Go out on a limb........Its where the fruit is.)
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To: Slicksadick

That is precisely correct. In my Navy days we used to lose a handful of sailors every time the battle group hit Hong Kong or Thailand - the heroin there isn't cut as it is before it hits the streets in the states. Way, way too strong, and they'd die of pulmonary edema in their racks. Not what you want to find next to you in the morning.


9 posted on 02/08/2006 2:17:28 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: CWOJackson

don't worry, we all find our way out, drugs or not. cool?


10 posted on 02/08/2006 2:17:31 PM PST by RolandBurnam (I WANT SOME PORK RINDS!!!!!)
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To: hoosierboy

The "contaminate" is a synthetic opiate called fentanyl. It's almost 100 times more potent than morpheine, doses run in the hundreds of micrograms.

A tiny mistake in processing can lead to problems.

So the dope is adulterated with a stronger narcotic, probably because the supply of real heroin is down and they could steal fentanyl.

The concept of "tainted" heroin is a riot. It's tainted even when it's heroin.


11 posted on 02/08/2006 2:18:50 PM PST by DBrow
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To: RolandBurnam
LOL! Yep, most people do but most people's mistakes are very minor compared to the mistakes drug users make...and a lot less fatal.

Way Cool!

12 posted on 02/08/2006 2:19:41 PM PST by CWOJackson
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To: hoosierboy

I feel sorry for his immediate family, but not for him.


13 posted on 02/08/2006 2:22:39 PM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: hoosierboy
In the late 80s in Pittsburgh there was a similar string of overdose deaths - a PSG(?) chemist made a batch of methylfentanyl [several thousand times more active stuff than heroin], and "cutting" it presented obvious problems down the chain - small mechanically ground speck was more than enough to cause the overdose. About 15-20 deaths had resulted before they traced the guy.
14 posted on 02/08/2006 2:23:00 PM PST by GSlob
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To: hoosierboy

I'll take a 6 pack of beer over narcotics any day of the week.


15 posted on 02/08/2006 2:26:49 PM PST by Firefigher NC (You light ‘em, we fight ‘em!)
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To: Firefigher NC

Not many quality control problems there either.


16 posted on 02/08/2006 2:29:48 PM PST by CWOJackson
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To: hoosierboy
There ought to be a law against dieing while on heroin.
17 posted on 02/08/2006 2:37:16 PM PST by Mark was here (How can they be called "Homeless" if their home is a field?.)
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To: hoosierboy

Activists will now be "pushing" for good heroin to go along with the clean needles so these folks can abuse themselves and society "safely".


18 posted on 02/08/2006 2:44:01 PM PST by AmericanChef
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To: hoosierboy
All herion is bad when used as a "recreational" drug. It is also a crime since the user had to buy the drug from a drug dealer.

The way to win the war on drugs is to set heavy fines and jail periods on users. For example: A first time user of drugs should be fined $1000.00 and 30 days in jail. A second time conviction should carry a $100.00 fine and 60 days in jail and have his driver's license revoked for one year.. A third time offender should be hit with a $10,00 fine and a year in jail together with the permanent loss pf their driver's license. Convicted drug users should have their names and pictures published in the newspaper.

If the user plea bargains and fingers the dealer who sold him the dope and testifies against the dealer, then the sentense should be cut in half.

Believe me, the use of "recreational" drugs would quickly lose its charm.

When demand dries up, supply goes elsewhere.
19 posted on 02/08/2006 2:47:03 PM PST by R.W.Ratikal
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To: GSlob

We had a lot of overdoses in Washington DC a few years back , It turned out the heroin was of such good quality they couldnt handle it. Half the city was dying from it and the other half was trying to find a way to purchase it saying they could cut it themselves.

One guy was shooting up while driving his car and back eneded the car ahead of him before he passed out. We found him with the needle still stuck in his arm.



20 posted on 02/08/2006 2:52:35 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: AmericanChef
Activists will now be "pushing" for good heroin to go along with the clean needles so these folks can abuse themselves and society "safely".

The pro-drug warriors right here on FR are already on that train.

21 posted on 02/08/2006 2:55:24 PM PST by GLDNGUN
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To: DBrow

I know the solution to this problem. Not only should heroin be legalized, it should be made mandatory and the fedgov should distribute it once a week to everyone.

Oh wait, I'm mixing up libertarianism with "Brave New World", sorry.


22 posted on 02/08/2006 2:56:58 PM PST by little jeremiah
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To: R.W.Ratikal

Just subsitute that jail time with public canings. Cheaper and would be more effective.


23 posted on 02/08/2006 2:58:20 PM PST by little jeremiah
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To: hoosierboy
Bad heroin? As opposed to good heroin???

LOL That was my first thought. It's straight from the Department of Redundancy Department. Maybe we can start a list:

Cancerous carcinogens

Toxic poison

angry democrats

dirty hippies

stupid moron

Any more?

24 posted on 02/08/2006 3:03:50 PM PST by GLDNGUN
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To: CWOJackson
2 local teen agers were killed by this bad stuff in the Chicago area. They were young and stupid, no doubt about it, but to actively cheer their deaths? That is obscene.

Their parents are heartbroken to be burying these kids. It is a tragedy. I understand the mindset of "Well, that is what happens if you dabble in dangerous drugs." But to actively cheer it on singles you out as a worldclass a$$hole. Thankfully, folks like you are an ever-shrinking minority in the conservative ranks.

25 posted on 02/08/2006 3:05:58 PM PST by shempy (EABOF)
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To: shempy

Wow...let me give you another little sand pile to make a mountain out of. COOL!


26 posted on 02/08/2006 3:07:13 PM PST by CWOJackson
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To: R.W.Ratikal
The way to win the war on drugs is to set heavy fines and jail periods on users.

Well I partly agree. However, to really shut down drug use and the misery it is causing all of us, I strongly feel that the penalty for dealing should be death. The level of proof required would have to be raised from where it is now but - you deal, you die. This is a serious suggestion - not the rough humor frequently exhibited on Freeper.

Yes it would result in some executions and I take no joy in the death of anyone. But the resulting positive effects on our society would vastly outweigh the negatives. Crime rates, especially all forms of domestic violence and abuse, would plummet. Unlike legalization, it would actually work. Other issues aside, Saudi Arabia, Yemen et. al., compared to the US, have very small substance abuse problems. You can throw your wallet into the middle of the street in Osaka and pick it up an hour later untouched - because the Japanese have self control. You can do the same in Riyadh - because while the population has no self control they fear the consequences of being caught. Unfortunately, our culture fits the latter model - no self control.

27 posted on 02/08/2006 3:09:42 PM PST by bluetone006 (Peace - or I guess war if given no other option)
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To: R.W.Ratikal
A former roommate of mine had a novel idea...
Interdict all drugs coming into this country. Place all said drugs in a desolate corner of North Dakota.

Any & all who want to get high/stoned/wasted - what have you, can do it in this section of North Dakota.

They must remain in North Dakota. They cannot count on any outside help for their self imposed stupidity. If one gets sick, OD's, rots away - tisk, tisk. You made your choice.

It was not the intention here to insult the good folks of North Dakota in any shape or form. Perhaps Antarctica instead - wait! That would insult penguins....
28 posted on 02/08/2006 3:21:57 PM PST by LFOD (Formerly IRAQ - now home.....)
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To: hoosierboy

Hi hoosierboy. Say hi to your mom.

Can't believe this is/was my home town.

Gleep.


29 posted on 02/08/2006 3:25:02 PM PST by Allen In Texas Hill Country
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To: LFOD
"Place all said drugs in a desolate corner of North Dakota."

Vancouver, BC...the whole culture already exists.

30 posted on 02/08/2006 3:50:35 PM PST by CWOJackson
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To: CWOJackson

Darwinian Gleaning


31 posted on 02/08/2006 3:53:56 PM PST by stocksthatgoup (http://www.busateripens.com)
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To: Allen In So Cal

Well portage and valpo, but pretty close. Michigan city has really gone downhill and in south bend where I live, its a real pit on the westside.


32 posted on 02/08/2006 4:16:17 PM PST by hoosierboy (I am not a gun nut, I am a firearm enthusiast)
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To: hoosierboy
Tainted drug supply - truth reminds of fiction!


33 posted on 02/08/2006 4:21:50 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: little jeremiah

A gramme is worth a damn!


34 posted on 02/08/2006 4:36:31 PM PST by DBrow
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To: AmericanChef

Vancouver BC, having instituted "safe shooting galleries" with bleach, alcohol, and safe clean needles, soon had a problem with street crime as junkies migrated to the city.

Guess what, they are now considering "free" heroin for junkies so they won't need to steal to get dope.


35 posted on 02/08/2006 4:39:15 PM PST by DBrow
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To: DBrow
Yep. Vancouver also now has the second highest rate of property crime in North America; second only to Miami.

It was interesting to see how the face of Vancouver changed from about 1990 to today...as it became a model of libertarian drug policy.

36 posted on 02/08/2006 4:43:44 PM PST by CWOJackson
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To: CWOJackson

I was approached by street dealers in several parts of Vancouver. They'd say something like bundle or dime bag, and I asked several if they had 5-methoxy diisopropyltryptamine (real name of Foxy Methoxy) just to see the look on their faces.

In the big park there, as night approached, it filled up with these homeless drifters with sleeping bags and aggressive panhandling techniques. Sort of like Haight Ashbury but mean and dirty and creepy.


37 posted on 02/08/2006 5:00:38 PM PST by DBrow
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To: hoosierboy

(Note to self: Don't take bad heroin.)


38 posted on 02/08/2006 5:22:02 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: hoosierboy

If we were serious about winning the war on drugs, flooding the channel with tainted drugs is one way to win it. Instead of trying to reduce supply reduce demand.


39 posted on 02/08/2006 7:48:29 PM PST by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: theDentist

Hello. Just wanted to say that I really feel sorry for him. He really didn't understand that it would kill him. See i know Shawn very well. I miss him a lot and this has been very hard for me. I know yeah i think it was stupid what he did but he didn't deserve to die. I think his drug dealer should get the death sentence. I love Shawn and always will may he rest in peace.


40 posted on 02/13/2006 6:00:44 PM PST by PerfectCircle1986
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To: hellinahandcart; hoosierboy

Obligatory Insider Ping!

PerfectCircle1986
Since Feb 14, 2006


41 posted on 02/14/2006 8:15:38 AM PST by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: DBrow

Fentanyl, yikes. I think that's what they gave my mom at the hospital to put her in a coma for two weeks. The nurses called it "Milk of Amnesia".



42 posted on 02/14/2006 9:45:15 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: PerfectCircle1986; Eaker; Judith Anne; netmilsmom; Devil_Anse; T Minus Four; ~Kim4VRWC's~; ...
it was stupid what he did but he didn't deserve to die. I think his drug dealer should get the death sentence.

Absolutely! Kidnapping and forcibly injecting someone full of heroin against their will should qualify as a capital offense!

Uh...wait a minute, that's not what happened, is it?

43 posted on 02/14/2006 9:55:37 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: PerfectCircle1986
He really didn't understand that it would kill him.

He didn't understand the doing heroin could kill him? No one ever described Shawn as "bright" did they?

44 posted on 02/14/2006 10:08:14 AM PST by retrokitten (www.retrosrants.blogspot.com)
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To: GLDNGUN

Close proximity


45 posted on 02/14/2006 11:28:14 AM PST by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: PerfectCircle1986

Well looky here! A newbie that knows the victim. What a coinky dink!


46 posted on 02/14/2006 11:35:56 AM PST by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
It's getting so you can't even trust your pusher.

=======================================

I'm your mama

I'm your daddy

I'm that nigga in the alley....

I'm your pusher...

47 posted on 02/14/2006 11:47:25 AM PST by wtc911 (You can't get there from here)
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To: hellinahandcart

Your pings always brighten my day!!


48 posted on 02/14/2006 1:38:22 PM PST by Krodg
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To: Krodg

There have been many occasions lately.

Months go by with nuttin', and then one week there's several prospects every day.

This is one of those weeks...


50 posted on 02/14/2006 4:57:48 PM PST by hellinahandcart
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