Skip to comments.Bad heroin suspected in overdose deaths
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. Polewskis 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.
It's getting so you can't even trust your pusher.
Best line of the day
I hope someone thinks its "cool" when you make a mistake and die from it.
Good thing for me I don't do drugs. Cool!
My pusher only uses organic ingredients, so I know it's safe.
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.
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.
don't worry, we all find our way out, drugs or not. cool?
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.
I feel sorry for his immediate family, but not for him.
I'll take a 6 pack of beer over narcotics any day of the week.
Not many quality control problems there either.
Activists will now be "pushing" for good heroin to go along with the clean needles so these folks can abuse themselves and society "safely".
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.
The pro-drug warriors right here on FR are already on that train.
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.
Just subsitute that jail time with public canings. Cheaper and would be more effective.
LOL That was my first thought. It's straight from the Department of Redundancy Department. Maybe we can start a list:
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.
Wow...let me give you another little sand pile to make a mountain out of. COOL!
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.
Hi hoosierboy. Say hi to your mom.
Can't believe this is/was my home town.
Vancouver, BC...the whole culture already exists.
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.
A gramme is worth a damn!
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.
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.
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.
(Note to self: Don't take bad heroin.)
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.
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.
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Since Feb 14, 2006
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".
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?
He didn't understand the doing heroin could kill him? No one ever described Shawn as "bright" did they?
Well looky here! A newbie that knows the victim. What a coinky dink!
I'm your mama
I'm your daddy
I'm that nigga in the alley....
I'm your pusher...
Your pings always brighten my day!!
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...
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