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Why Heroin Use Is Skyrocketing Across The US
http://www.businessinsider.com ^ | 1/15/14 | Pamela Engel

Posted on 01/20/2014 2:12:28 PM PST by BBell

Heroin abuse has been getting more attention lately.

Last week, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin spent his entire 34-minute State of the State address talking about the state's "full-blown heroin crisis," and law enforcement officials in small cities across New England have noted an increase in heroin use.

Demand for the drug might be coming from people who are hooked on prescription pills.

Health officials and drug experts have started noticing that heroin use has been exploding as states crack down on "pill mills," which get people addicted to Oxycontin and other pain killers even when they don't have a medical need for them.

David DiSalvo writes in Forbes that the increase in heroin use has overlapped with a decrease in pain killer abuse. He notes that the number of new non-medical users of pain killers dropped from 2.2 million in 2002 to 1.9 million in 2012:

The reason may come down to basic economics: Illegally obtained prescription pain killers have become more expensive and harder to get, while the price and difficulty in obtaining heroin have decreased. An 80 mg OxyContin pill runs between $60 to $100 on the street. Heroin costs about $9 a dose. Even among heavy heroin abusers, a day’s worth of the drug is cheaper than a couple hits of Oxy.

As states crack down on pill mills, fewer people will be able to obtain the drugs through a prescription and supply will be cut off. Pain pills become less available and more expensive.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: bigpharma; culturewar; dopersrights; heroin; legalpot; oxycontin; painkillers; prescriptionpills; warondrugs
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My local newspaper had an article on the same subject last year. I posted it here. In my area the use of heroin has skyrocketed and so have the number of people over dosing.
1 posted on 01/20/2014 2:12:28 PM PST by BBell
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To: BBell

America is a culture in decline.Today more young people are being killed and demented from opiate use than children were killed and crippled by polio in another era. Incredibly the President of the United States endorses the legalization of marijuana. At the core of every liberal there is decadence.


2 posted on 01/20/2014 2:18:41 PM PST by allendale
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To: BBell
An 80 mg OxyContin pill runs between $60 to $100 on the street. Heroin costs about $9 a dose.

What is wrong with these people? A fifth of vodka is 6 bucks at Fry's.

3 posted on 01/20/2014 2:19:13 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: BBell

More pot, more heroin... AND several other drugs..
How can it NOT be.?.

Not all Pot-heads do other drugs......... BUT... MANY do...
How many?... must vary.. day to day..

And other pot-heads rarely use other drugs.. BUT still do..
There is a reason they call it.......... “DOPE”..


4 posted on 01/20/2014 2:19:49 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: BBell

Weak people are searching for an escape from this alternate reality the libs have created. Hard to find joy in life with the country going down the toilet and you are on the bottom of the flush.


5 posted on 01/20/2014 2:20:22 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: BBell
a (non-using) friend in the medical field had said, heroin was cheaper than crack.

6 posted on 01/20/2014 2:20:25 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: allendale

Typical 19th Century "Wild West" Opium Den.

7 posted on 01/20/2014 2:22:09 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: hosepipe

Some people actually WANT to be “Dopes”...


8 posted on 01/20/2014 2:22:14 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: BBell

America, circa 2014... dope, homo marriage, open-borders, socialism.

No doubt left in my mind anymore that I’m living through and witnessing the death of my country.


9 posted on 01/20/2014 2:23:39 PM PST by greene66
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To: BBell

Listening to Obama explain his policies is ALMOST enough to make me try heroin.

ALMOST.


10 posted on 01/20/2014 2:24:36 PM PST by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: BBell
John 3:19
19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
11 posted on 01/20/2014 2:28:32 PM PST by Old Yeller
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To: BBell

Wow...I have 6 K in pills tucked in the back of my sock drawer....

60 oxy pills left over from a knee surgery scrip....

I took about one days worth and said forget this crap....


12 posted on 01/20/2014 2:28:37 PM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: allendale
Incredibly the President of the United States endorses the legalization of marijuana. At the core of every liberal there is decadence.

The vortex cycle down the drain to depravity is getting faster and faster now....


13 posted on 01/20/2014 2:31:14 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Popman

Save five and throw the rest away, flush them.


14 posted on 01/20/2014 2:31:22 PM PST by Mercat
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To: LucianOfSamasota

it’s cheaper and healthier to just turn off the TV and radio.


15 posted on 01/20/2014 2:32:41 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: BBell

Basic economics. If there’s a demand there will be a supply. The War on Drugs has been a disastrous failure. It has militarized our police and made drugs cheaper than they’ve ever been. Stopping drugs is like trying to kill the mythical hydra. You chop one head off and two more appear to replace it. We have to stop the demand. What drives the demand? Well, Hollywood glamorizing it, for one. Not going after the well connected users for another. Tolerating and subsidizing the use by allowing welfare fits in there. (A renter I had paid for her alcohol and cigarettes by selling her EBT card purchases. Turns out she was doing marijuana as well.) I’m sure the list goes on and on.


16 posted on 01/20/2014 2:32:58 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: Jeff Chandler

And jail juice is free.


17 posted on 01/20/2014 2:33:29 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Popman

I hear ya...I had my first Vicodin a couple years ago; said NOPE to that. I can see why people get addicted (I can’t lie, the stuff was great for my pain, but my pain was temporary).


18 posted on 01/20/2014 2:34:45 PM PST by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: BBell
An 80 mg OxyContin pill runs between $60 to $100 on the street. Heroin costs about $9 a dose. Even among heavy heroin abusers, a day’s worth of the drug is cheaper than a couple hits of Oxy.

Meanwhile, back in Afghanistan, US troops continue to guard a boom in opium crop growth. (See: Afghanistan opium crop cultivation rises 36 per cent, production up 49 per cent)

19 posted on 01/20/2014 2:38:34 PM PST by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Government should be afraid of the people)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

When I got my wisdom teeth pulled, I forgot to take the T-4’s the dentist gave me to deal with the pain. The first night was horrific with the pain horrific everytime I pressed my teeth together, but after that it wasn’t a problem.


20 posted on 01/20/2014 2:40:02 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: BBell

Heroin is very popular in Mexico. Mexicans just bring the drug with them.


21 posted on 01/20/2014 2:40:57 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: BBell

Heroin is the drug of despair.


22 posted on 01/20/2014 2:41:41 PM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: Popman

Sure it wasn’t oxyCODONE?


23 posted on 01/20/2014 2:42:30 PM PST by Renegade
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To: Popman

Don’t let anyone know. My Mother’s friend had cancer and my Mother would take her to her treatments. One day when they came back they found the house had been broken in. The perps knew the women had cancer and would probably have some good drugs so they broke in and stole her meds. The women did have oxy pills which of course were swiped.


24 posted on 01/20/2014 2:42:45 PM PST by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: Mercat; Popman
Save five and throw the rest away, flush them.

Why? When the country collapses under it "O"wn weight, they may buy enough cans of beans to save him from starvation.

Maybe.

25 posted on 01/20/2014 2:44:56 PM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: BBell

obama(.)


26 posted on 01/20/2014 2:45:59 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: greene66

satan is laughing.


27 posted on 01/20/2014 2:47:51 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: BBell

Several years ago, I attended a lecture given by a doctor who talked about the new wave of heroin addiction. He believed part of the problem is that there are now ways to ingest heroin without using a needle and syringe, so the is no longer the stigma associated with IV use.

He said another problem was with young professional people who, once the IV stigma was overcome, naively believed they could use heroin as a “recreational” drug on weekends, then return to their jobs on Monday unimpaired. These people underestimated the addictive power of heroin.


28 posted on 01/20/2014 2:50:26 PM PST by 04-Bravo
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To: greene66
"America, circa 2014... dope, homo marriage, open-borders, socialism."

Dope and Chains.

29 posted on 01/20/2014 2:50:55 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: BBell
Don’t let anyone know

That's why they are buried in my sock draw...: )

We had a break in last year...came home and every kitchen cabinet / bathroom door was opened...

I thought nothing was stolen until I went to take me nighttime high blood pressure medicine ...

Sure enough they were all gone...

I actually had several valuable watches and rings left right on top of my wife and myself dressers...

Never touched...Just wanted the drugs...

30 posted on 01/20/2014 2:51:00 PM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Mercat

That is against Federal law now. I just had to dispose of some hydrocodone tablets when my mom no longer needed them. The doctor told me that these drugs are turning up in drinking water and there are Federal laws with stiff fines for flushing unused drugs. I actually put them into a 55 gallon drum of waste oil... I figure at some point some poor guy running re-refined motor oil will get a drowsy camshaft.

LLS


31 posted on 01/20/2014 2:53:04 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: hosepipe
I've stated this on other threads: When pot is legal and acceptable, it's going to be less interesting to risk takers. They'll move on to other more exciting options.

A society's got to have rules and laws a bit more strict than what's necessary to flourish. There have to be limits, and youth need to learn about actions and consequences, or you get the mess we have now.

32 posted on 01/20/2014 2:57:51 PM PST by grania
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To: LibLieSlayer

Wow. Good to know. I worry about all the female hormones in the water and tell my sons to drink bottled water. Most females are using either birth control pills or HRT (hormone replacement therapy). I feel like that guy in Dr. Strangelove who worried about his precious bodily fluids. I had a few heavy duty pain pills but also had two family members without health insurance and with serious health issues. One was beaten for several hours by a thug. So you know what happened but since even flushing them down the drain is a felony I had better not say anything more on a public forum. NSA might be listening.


33 posted on 01/20/2014 3:00:36 PM PST by Mercat
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To: BBell
"Why Heroin Use Is Skyrocketing Across The US"

Because we are in Afghanistan, where it comes from. Not all our servicemen are choirboys.

34 posted on 01/20/2014 3:06:08 PM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: BBell

This couldn’t possibly have anything at all to do with Afghanistan. Nope, no way.


35 posted on 01/20/2014 3:07:34 PM PST by The Toll
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To: BBell

Dumb down the surplus population; it’s easier to control.


36 posted on 01/20/2014 3:08:40 PM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: BBell

#JustSayNo


37 posted on 01/20/2014 3:09:26 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Mia San Mia)
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To: BBell

A few notes:

1) A scary element to this is that many of the addicts are middle class and upper-middle class, with far more resources available to them than “traditional” junkies.

2) It has been noted that many addicts switching to heroin think they will just smoke or snort heroin, “but within two weeks they are injecting it.”

3) Much of the heroin entering the US is Mexican brown heroin, and it is relatively inexpensive.

4) The natural and artificial opiate drugs are typically about 20% strength. However, it is expected that in the near future, 100% strength drugs will be available.


38 posted on 01/20/2014 3:11:43 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: BBell
My nephew killed himself with the stuff at the age of 26. A young guy down the street told me that the first time he tried heroin, it made him deathly sick.

The next morning, he couldn't wait to get more.

In my opinion, this isn't a problem that can be solved -- or even controlled -- by laws. Only parents can can teach a child to face his problems without resorting to drugs.

Now, some of those will try valiantly and still fail. But upbringing is the only answer.

39 posted on 01/20/2014 3:35:24 PM PST by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: BfloGuy

My stepbrother died of an OD at 20.

Drugs are evil.


40 posted on 01/20/2014 3:44:49 PM PST by karnage
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To: Mercat

I am so sorry to hear about your family member that was beaten badly. America is doomed if this evil is not stopped. GOD bless you and I pray that your family member is healing well. Roger on the NSA.


41 posted on 01/20/2014 3:46:45 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: BBell

Dope use increasing in New England. Hmmm. I know liberalism is a mental disease but I guess heroin use doesn’t help either.


42 posted on 01/20/2014 3:47:25 PM PST by dowcaet
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To: Mercat; Popman

Better to just toss them is your garbage bag. That won’t contaminate the water supply.


43 posted on 01/20/2014 3:52:03 PM PST by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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Why Heroin Use Is Skyrocketing Across The US

Cause there's azzholes in charge and it's too depressing to be sober/clean?

44 posted on 01/20/2014 3:53:31 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Gen.Blather

There’s been no war on drugs, yet. It’s only been a hysterical metaphor. There’s been no open season on dealers and foreign interests involved. History tells us that the time will come.


45 posted on 01/20/2014 4:01:21 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: BBell
Heroin has become a very big problem in the area which I live. Most people think that the more upscale areas are "immune" to this type of thing - I assure you we are not.

Last year about this time a kid who OD'd was dumped down the street in a neighbor's bushes. The kids (16-17 years old) were driving around doing hits of heroin. When one of them OD'd the rest of them panicked and dumped his body. They then went on and kept "partying" until one of them got a bit of conscience and reported the dead friend to the police a few days later.

Can you imagine living in a house with a dead body just outside in your bushes and not know it because the cold weather concealed any smell? Uggh....

46 posted on 01/20/2014 4:02:06 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: BfloGuy

How China got rid of opium
http://www.sacu.org/opium.html

Now, that was a war on drugs. Communism is not required, of course, but the tactics have been successful in several countries. In essence, everyone gets involved.


47 posted on 01/20/2014 4:14:37 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: B4Ranch
My dad (82 yrs old) crushed his oxy’s, added water and made a paste. He put the paste down a gopher hole. Never saw the gopher again. I suspect the gopher died of an oxy over dose.

true story.

48 posted on 01/20/2014 4:27:51 PM PST by BarbM (Portuguese Dog--Kenyan president)
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To: BBell

People are looking for ways to deal with a hellish world.

In the long term, those who have fallen into drug abuse and then beaten it, have a deeper grip on the meaning of life than those who never have. That is just a fact, but should that translate into a recommendation to abuse drugs... HEAVEN no. However we all have something we abuse due to the evil that attaches to our souls due to that mysterious slip that Christians call the fall of mankind. And beating that abuse will also give us a deeper grip on the meaning of life.


49 posted on 01/20/2014 4:28:12 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: familyop

Interesting, but it seemed like anti-western, pro-communist China propaganda.


50 posted on 01/20/2014 4:30:50 PM PST by vrwc54
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