Skip to comments.News 12 Special Report: 'Hooked on Heroin'
Posted on 03/11/2014 9:06:24 AM PDT by Impala64ssa
The use of heroin has risen over the past few years in the Hudson Valley. In part one of News 12's special report "Hooked on Heroin," Tara Rosenblum speaks with parents who have lost children to the drug.
After Renee Hustins lost her son Benjamin to an overdose three months ago when he was 23, she met other parents who have lost children to heroin. The parents now all rely on each other for support.
The parents Rosenblum spoke to all say they never would have expected their children to become addicted to heroin. Some of them also shared their regret for not intervening sooner.
Jackie Vidal, whose son Rickie died of an overdose five years ago at age 18, says she only learned her son was doing drugs when he started stealing things around the house. Vidal says her son stole all of their TVs, along with jewelry that belonged to her and her four daughters.
"My own son did that, you never expect it," says Vidal. "This drug is evil."
Many of their children were initially addicted to prescription drugs, with one father saying his son's own psychiatrist was his dealer. They turned to heroin after prescription drugs became too expensive, as heroin typically costs $10 a deck.
Peter Lazier lost his son, Ryan, last October. Ryan Lazier became the sixth heroin-related casualty in two years in Port Jervis. Lazier says he sent his son to rehab 20 times, but he wasn't able to overcome his addiction. Lazier and the other parents say they're all speaking out to educate others.
"I want every parent in this county to know how widespread this is," says Kim Ricciardi, whose son James died at age 27 of a heroin overdose in 2012. "These are our children, they were brought up in good families, and they are using heroin."
So why are the feds allowing more heroin into the country? What deal did they make with the Mexican cartels or Afghan tribal lords?
Are they backing a new player in the import business? MS13? Latin Kings?
Are they providing guns and ammo like they did for Sinaloa Cartel?
We’re on the same page, but this non sequitur made no sense:
While Michael Bloomingidiot and other do-gooders are so preoccupied with keeping “our children” away from tobacco, some are turning to heroine, now more potent than ever.
The heroin trade and leading syndicate in our area has been steadily and continuously increasing since the arrival of the post-Soviet and Kosovo refugees, which was almost 20 years ago now.
Talk to the NY National Guard vets coming back from New Windsor on how they were throwing money at the Afghan poppy farmers and rebuilding the road system used to transport the heroin westward to Europe,... US Taxpayers paid for the heroin trade’s security since we invaded Afghanistan.
So why are the feds allowing more heroin into the country?
Because heroin costs several times more than gold and the amount of money to be made is staggering.
Think of how much power bootleggers had during prohibition, multiply the profits by 10,000 and take it World-wide.
Every single government, every single bank and every single law enforcement outfit on the face of this earth has been infiltrated by drug cartels at the highest levels.
I know I’m a “square”, but I never did understand the attraction of so-called recreational drugs, especially something as lethal as heroin. What makes young people so susceptible to them?
Hopefully the “legalize it!” crowd will show up soon, explaining why this would be better if there were no jail time.
Group-think, peer pressure, and availability. A teen or young adult goes to a party, has a few alcoholic drinks, maybe a joint or two, the next thing you know someone has some "good stuff" for them to try which makes them feel "amazing" and because of the affect on the pleasure center of the brain, they can become instantly hooked. All it takes is one or two times, and the brain's main goal is to get that feeling again, and it will make you sick (withdrawal) if you do not.
It's beyond bizarre. Nothing is being done to kick invaders out of the country. There's an increase in reported hispanic drug involvement and crime. Nobody connects the dots and says people need jobs and people coming to the US to sell drugs need to be kicked out.
Yesterday, there was a report of a dealer of the killer heroin being charged wit murder and the person whose car the deal went down in being charged with accesory to murder.
I have trouble with that. It's more like providing the goods for suicide if they knew how lethal it is. Wouldn't it be easier to keep invaders out of the US and gain control of the often hispanic neighborhoods where this is coming from?
Were we really worse off when as kids we got to be bad just by smoking a few cigarettes? I lived long enough to give up the habit.
In a nutshell, the absence of spiritual protection against a very dark potion
“Every single government, every single bank and every single law enforcement outfit on the face of this earth has been infiltrated by drug cartels at the highest levels.”
A side benefit is that the same government that profits from the trade uses the problems that trade creates to steal more power from the people by passing all sorts of restrictive laws to keep the children safe.
I think that a new supply line has opened up, or someone in Afghanistan has brought one of the old sources back on line.
It would be nice to see the money flow here.
Because the most addictive drugs physically feel better than anything you can imagine and make you instantly forget about any problems. It’s like going to heaven for $10 a day. Initially at least.
Then the user must keep taking more of them just to live.