Skip to comments.Heroin Scourge Overtakes a ‘Quaint’ Vermont Town
Posted on 03/08/2014 2:46:05 PM PST by mgist
Stephanie Predel is off heroin. But the Bennington, Vt., area, where she lives, is in the throes of an epidemic. BENNINGTON, Vt. Stephanie Predel, a stick-thin 23-year-old freshly out of jail, said she was off heroin. But she knows precisely where she could get more drugs if she ever wanted them at the support meetings for addicts. I can get most of my drugs right at the meeting, she said. Drug dealers go because they know theyre going to get business. She added, People are going into the bathroom to get high. Bennington, a pre-Revolutionary town of 17,000 people, presents another face of the heroin epidemic that has swept through Vermont. In January, Gov. Peter Shumlin devoted his entire State of the State address to what he said was a full-blown heroin crisis gripping the state. In an interview later, he said that the states localities had managed only a patchwork response. Citing Rutlands antidrug crusade as a hopeful sign, he said that not all areas had felt the same urgency. Bennington is where Rutland was four years ago, he said.
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Maybe the people who pushed the lie about the"failed" war on terror had their own money making interests in mind.
This is no joke. DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - March 7, 2014 (WPVI)
“Our whole nation is being flooded with heroin,” said District Attorney David Heckler.
— The Bucks County District Attorney has announced a new effort to crack down on what he calls a heroin and opiate epidemic engulfing the community.
One of the goals of the District Attorney’s office is to trace an overdose death back to the dealer and treat it as a homicide, but the DA says he needs help to get there.
“One of the goals of the District Attorneys office is to trace an overdose death back to the dealer and treat it as a homicide, but the DA says he needs help to get there.”
Look to Wisconsin! We have the ‘Len Bias’ Law which allows We The People to try and convict dealers of murder when they kill off their customer base.
Will venture a guess ... certain people travel but have immunity?!?
Len Bias——I haven’t heard that name in years.Huge news here in the Boston area.
Bennington, VT is the location of Bennington College, the East Coast-equivalent of Evergreen State University. I doubt that this is a coincidence.
My mistake - it’s a national law. The DA Doesn’t know that? Come on.
The seventies have a small town scourge of heroin in Northern New England. About 72 to 76. The locals I was familiar with went after the pushers. Hard.
One of the goals of the District Attorneys office is to trace an overdose death back to the dealer and treat it as a homicide, but the DA says he needs help to get there.
The supply of cheap heroin is following the demand of addicts.
Yes, Afghanistan. Every heroin OD death is another casualty of our involvement there. Not every soldier we send over there is a choirboy.
I live in a comfortable suburban community north of Indy; we are getting hammered with heroin abuse among our kids. Thirty years ago heroin was pretty much just a “black thing” down in the ‘hood. Not any more.
Our local dope cops aren’t doing dick about the problem. They’d rather kick down the doors of some recent college grads to find a little weed in their apartment. They haven’t done a heroin dealer bust in two years. They’re pretty much worthless.
There has been in big cities like New York since before the 80's. Otherwise you are correct that it wasn't available in smaller towns and cities.
Morphine is a prescription pain killer derived from the same poppy plant that produces heroin. You mean we have a shortage of that and/or it doesn't work?
I don't know why anyone would willingly want to do heroin unless they want to make money from it. It is totally stupid, make that almost suicidal, to play with highly addictive drugs.
I've known heroin addicts, more than I would have thought in my lifetime. They say cigarettes are worse for addiction. I don't believe it. I quit 2+ packs a day cold turkey about 3 years ago now, with God's help. Heroin can kill you if you try to quit cold turkey and I think it would be more addictive even though I've never tried any street drugs.
Not every soldier we send over there is a choirboy.
What exactly are you talking about?
A tragedy. And it is one of the BIG differences between NA and AA. The number of connections one can make at an NA meeting is astonishing. There also seems to be a brain chemistry kick in, a contact high, that druggies get from hearing stories of using.
I feel sorry for any community over run by the addicted. All one has to b=do is look at Zurich and Needle Park at the end of 80s and into the 90s to see what will be the long term result.
That gangs deliberately infiltrate the armed forces and the soldiers use their position to assist in the shipment of heroin back to the United States. Do all them do this? No. Do the majority do this? No. But if you believe none of them do, you are being quite naive.
But drugs are okay...do what you want...
Name your new album “Pure Heroine” as a play on the drug...
I hate to see kids get involved
Bennington isn't one of them. One of my Revolutionary War ancestors holds a place of honor on the grounds of the Bennington Battle Monument. It figures something would come along to tarnish the memories of those heroes.
It’s the high school kids and college age kids where the problem is most widespread. And heroin is absolutely destroying their lives.
if you want to keep your doctor
Our local dope cops arent doing dick about the problem. Theyd rather kick down the doors of some recent college grads to find a little weed in their apartment. They havent done a heroin dealer bust in two years. Theyre pretty much worthless...
The recent college grads with a little weed in their apartments aren’t paying off the cops.
If you see posts of interest to Pennsylvanians, please ping me.
Because the D of C wants tons of heroin on American streets, just like they wanted crack cocaine on the streets in the 80’s.
Satanically evil to the core
Anti-business state. You reap what you sow.
The military loads planes and brings it here on orders from above. Its not just gangbangers smuggling it.
Mexicans invasion of the USA , Afghan production exploding after we forbade our forces from damaging poppy fields, heroin chic looking models, and pop culture pushed on our kids.
Not to mention allowing tens of millions to get hooked on prescribed chemical heroin and now cracking down
How can this be done? I’m sorry but this sounds very unbelievable.
When there’s money to be made, and lots of it, things get done. Supply and demand, demand will get supply.
It isn’t our troops. Certainly not in any meaningful way. Just not as possible as today’s hit movies make that seem.
But our military is responsible for it in a different way.
Our wise leaders have decreed that nobody may interfere with poppy flower production. Afghan heroin cultivation has exploded since we have been there.
The government even admits that.
It isn’t our soldiers.
China White & Hong Kong Rock have almost always been available on the West Coast. When I was in the Navy,(mid-seventies to mid-eighties), we had a meeting prior to pulling into Hong Kong. The ships Master-At-Arms presented to us Swabbies a dram vial half full of a light pinkish substance which he claimed to be Hong Kong Rock and the purity of it was such that it could kill on the spot. He said the amount in the vial cost $50, but it was worth $2,000 on the street back home.
In the mid-nineties an acquaintance of mine went missing on a walkabout/escape from his old lady in Oregon. This character, who I knew as Lee, (his real name was James Ramaley, but most people knew him by a different alias), was a designer dope cook, who actually was a chemist (his knowledge was my interest as I needed some tutoring in my college chemistry studies). For some reason, his by now former girl friend was positive that I knew where he was. A few years later, I discovered what had become of him...he was found dead in a street pay toilet in San Francisco...
Pretty much the same thing. Hell, I can't think of a difference besides one being legal and the other not.
Alcohol is one powerful, dangerous and addictive drug. Few escape it.
Actually there was a shortage of morphine about a year ago. We had a real tough time keeping it in stock at hospitals.
If we (and that is the United States military) didn’t want opium poppies growing in Afghanistan, we might not be able to stop it but we could, and would, sure as hell put a big crimp on their cultivation. I agree with you; our government doesn’t want cultivation stopped and isn’t acting against it. But once the soldiers see what’s going on, they will make money off it if they can.
I’m sorry but it’s human nature. Again, it’s not all of them or even a significant number of them. But to deny that any are involved is naive.
Funny, I've never met a junkie in my life. Never even saw one that I know of.
I've meet about a half dozen that were addicted to pain killers though. About the same number I've met that are addicted to alcohol.
Also opiates like heroin do NOT cause dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
They are very addictive and withdrawal is very uncomfortable, but not dangerous. Alcohol, and benzodiazepines, like Valium are much more dangerous to withdraw from.
As long as she keeps her nicotine addiction alive, she'll never be rid of her other substance addictions.
It is cheaper and the quality is better. And, thanks to better transportation out of Central Asia and Mexico, it is coming in to our country in large amounts.
The consistency of the product means it is less likely you will OD.
Cheap, available, and higher quality will drive ANY product. Toss in the depression hitting lots of communities, people will turn to drugs in droves.
And, for these rural communities, it’s not going to get better.
(And New England is the entry point for huge amounts of drugs over a still pours border with Canada.)
Sad. Vermont is such a beautiful state. She looks almost feral.
The only two that can kill upon abrupt withdraw.
Everything else is a notch down.
Having once been addicted (and, thankfully no longer) to the first two mentioned I can Testify.
Notice both of those are legal.
Pot helped me kick both and kicking pot was as easy as a walk with a beautiful woman in comparison.
I'll not be ashamed for using that crutch.
Bennington is pretty small town stuff. Five miles outside the pretty Vermont postcard town (or outside ANY Vermont town) is Appalachia. Some areas are worse than the slums in any urban center.
It is really sad. The Dairy business is dying. The is little manufacturing. The regulations make it difficult to do ANYTHING to make things better.
It’s pretty as a postcard. I wouldn’t live there or raise my kids in most any part.
Here in small town Wisconsin, heroin is a huge problem. I know of kids in prison, going to prison or slowly killing themselves. It is devastating to the families and the communities. Occasionally, there will be a bust, but, yes, the cops prefer to arrest someone with pot. Having taken prescription pain killers on occasion, I can almost get it, the hook, but I know better than to take it even as much as prescribed. From what I understand, with heroin, some can become immediate addicts. That is scary!
I grew up in Vermont. The college towns draw in everyone from everywhere. I am not surprised, but am saddened. Friends back east are concerned and not sure what to do. I may not like the direction Vermont has taken, but hate that this is happening.