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Why heroin is spreading in America's suburbs (+video)
CNS Monitor ^ | 3/23/14 | lindborg

Posted on 03/24/2014 6:26:18 PM PDT by mgist

The drug has followed prescription painkillers into new neighborhoods, forcing police and parents to confront an unexpected problem. In the upper left, a nurse shows off a container of naloxone, a drug which can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. NEWBURYPORT, MASS. Ana was a good student in middle school. She got above-average grades, seemed poised and self-possessed, and, like many of her friends in her charming coastal town north of Boston, was on a probable path to college. Then, during her freshman year...One night she got very drunk with some friends and loved it. She says it made her feel like "the person she wanted to be." Before long she was also smoking marijuana. Soon after, a friend gave her some prescription painkiller pills to try, which Ana (not her real name) says made her feel even better than the alcohol. She started buying the pills illicitly – often spending several hundred dollars a day. She stole to support her habit, but it wasn't enough.

Then her friend asked her: Why not try heroin, since it's so much cheaper? Ana was shocked. Heroin, after all, was for "real" drug addicts. But by that time her dependence on the painkillers had become more than she could resist. She bought the heroin, snorting the powder at first. But within six days she was injecting herself with a needle – becoming the archetype of a classic heroin addict. Ana's anguished journey from conscientious student to heroin user is one confronting many young people in suburbs across the country...

The rise is being driven by a large supply of cheap heroin in purer concentrations that can be inhaled or smoked, which often removes the stigma associated with injecting it with a needle.

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


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: heroin
Because like Venezuela, our government, Wall Street, and the media has been compromised by the international drug cartels/Soros. It's all about the Benjamins.
1 posted on 03/24/2014 6:26:18 PM PDT by mgist
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To: mgist
Why heroin is spreading in America's suburbs

Because people are addicted?

2 posted on 03/24/2014 6:27:19 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: mgist

I’m not quite getting Wall Street’s role in this.


3 posted on 03/24/2014 6:28:22 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

This shit is hitting my friends’ families... My own are too young now. It’s not about the beer or booze binge at 40, it’s about the plunge at FIFTEEN into these drugs.
I pray a few bad doctors will be strung up.
Need I repeat that, or be banned?
Drug companies are sending ANYTHING to doctors.
I don’t trust government but I do trust rope.
PASS IT ON before it hits your kids.


4 posted on 03/24/2014 6:34:12 PM PDT by golux
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To: mgist

The article can be summed up in three words.

“Junkies are everywhere”

The needle does not care if you are from the slums are from a wealthy suburb.


5 posted on 03/24/2014 6:39:51 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Fishtown


6 posted on 03/24/2014 6:48:01 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: mgist

Where were Ana’s parents (if she had any)?


7 posted on 03/24/2014 6:49:14 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: golux

It’s so sad. Heroin claimed a 26 year old in my town last weekend.

The dealers had this guy on their front stoop when he stopped breathing. They refused to call 911. They threw buckets of cold water all over him.

Finally, the girl who drove him down from the country to the city dropped him off at the ER and took off. She didn’t even get out of the car.

The dealers got caught! I hope they lock them up and throw away the key.


8 posted on 03/24/2014 6:57:34 PM PDT by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: mgist; All

I read all 5 pages of the Article. We had a real pain pill epidemic here in our area of Texas. Sure, there is still a lot of abuse of pain killers but we worked with the Sheriff, our Congressman and others in the community, and we successfully closed down 3 pill-mills in our town. That was 5 years ago, and they have not returned. A guy I know, in the Houston area, went to a pill-mill in Houston the other day. He got his prescriptions at one of Houston’s pill-mills and then went to a pharmacy that the Dr. at the pill-mill sent him to. It was a 4 hour wait at the pharmacy. People were lined up inside and out in the parking lot waiting..... 4 hours. Something needs to be done.


9 posted on 03/24/2014 6:59:02 PM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorse Mitch McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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To: mgist

The artticle implies heroin is now cheaper pills. I wonder what heroin costs?


10 posted on 03/24/2014 7:07:35 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: miserare
Singapore has the right idea.
11 posted on 03/24/2014 7:10:32 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mgist
Nothing a few million hotshots couldn't take care of.

The only good junkie is a dead junkie.

12 posted on 03/24/2014 7:14:37 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.")
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To: mgist

It’s been going strong for about 13 years in western PA. I saw it coming hard on the the heels of OxyContin.

This is nothing new. It doesn’t make it any less tragic though. My sympathies now are more for the families and victims of the addicts than the addicts themselves. Their souls are gone from the first time they stuck that crap in their bodies.


13 posted on 03/24/2014 7:23:06 PM PDT by SargeK
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To: gunsequalfreedom

“Because people are addicted?”

Naturally, but I think even before that young people today have little hope for their futures. Their standard of living isn’t enviable (as many Americans watch the American Dream slip away), they see no light at the end of the tunnel, and they’re not mature enough to cope. Not making excuses for them; I just see a lot of despair there.


14 posted on 03/24/2014 7:24:34 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: mgist

Because Afghanistan sells all the Opium, Karzai’s brother controls it, and must payoff the US officials to ramp sales into the US, that’s why.

Ask yourself, who benefits?


15 posted on 03/24/2014 7:31:01 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: FlyingEagle

BINGO! That’s the right answer.


16 posted on 03/24/2014 7:59:11 PM PDT by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: kearnyirish2

People need to put their eyes on God again.

This is needed in both “good” times and bad.


17 posted on 03/24/2014 8:00:52 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: golux

I am battling this with my 16 year old son. Model upper middle class kid, very smart with ambition. Then all of sudden about the time he turned 16, he tried marijuana with friends on the football team. Now, I have him in rehab because he was snorting everything under the sub, and even huffing aerosol spray cans.

It all starts at the schools today. Because the school systems go out of their way to integrate the “have and have not’s”, you have the average suburban kid having more access to these drugs.

It is epidemic in my opinion. My son is in a residential rehab facility and you wouldn’t believe all the young kids in there now.


18 posted on 03/24/2014 8:06:58 PM PDT by neverbluffer
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Absolutely correct!


19 posted on 03/24/2014 8:10:16 PM PDT by neverbluffer
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To: mgist

In a country where every thing is going down the crapper, and living life is an Iphone stuffed to your ear then it is not to hard to figure out why this is happening. These young people don’t have a whole lot to look forward to. They may not realize it in words. But they feel it inside just the same. Liberals and Socialist’s have destroyed this country.


20 posted on 03/24/2014 8:57:59 PM PDT by Revel
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To: neverbluffer

Good luck. A word of advice - he can’t have contact with any of his old drug friends when he gets out of rehab. You are actually fortunate that he is under 18...because you can more easily spy on him.

And I would...all the way. Keyloggers on the computer and clone his phone....and whatever else you can think of. No matter how much he improves, even If he has decided he is dedicated to recovery...his old drug friends can make him falter in an instant.

Again - good luck. Most drug addicts eventuly relapse...so it is a lifelong struggle.


21 posted on 03/24/2014 9:13:14 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: dfwgator

As a result, they do not have our problems with drugs. I really wish we had the same view, I really really do.


22 posted on 03/24/2014 10:39:25 PM PDT by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: mgist

I wonder where exactly her parents were. Surely they noticed the spiral into destruction.


23 posted on 03/24/2014 10:40:14 PM PDT by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: mgist

Had a distant family member succumb while in high school. In the Dallas suburbs there was a form of heroin that came from Mexico called “cheese”. He died from it. Probably about the same age as the person in this article. It’s pretty much as Mr. Mackey says - “Drugs are bad, mmmkay?”


24 posted on 03/24/2014 10:43:50 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: kearnyirish2
Naturally, but I think even before that young people today have little hope for their futures. Their standard of living isn’t enviable (as many Americans watch the American Dream slip away), they see no light at the end of the tunnel, and they’re not mature enough to cope. Not making excuses for them; I just see a lot of despair there.

That does not explain the many, many people that wasted away their lives on drugs during good times. I can't go with your explanation but appreciate your point that mine was over simplified.

25 posted on 03/24/2014 11:22:55 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Thanks; good point about why they do it in the “good times” - I don’t understand that, either. When I look at young people with facial tattoos and (to a lesser extent, because they can be concealed) piercings, I just can’t believe that person ever sees themselves holding down a real job. It seems a lot of the issues normally associated with inner-city youth (and associated with hopelessness) are now rearing their heads in other young people (substance abuse, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, broken homes, lack of education).


26 posted on 03/25/2014 2:33:59 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: dsc

Don’t you know? Wallstreet along with the CIA and the Queen of England are importing this stuff into the country.


27 posted on 03/25/2014 5:02:04 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: mgist

When I was a teenager, my contemporaries and I were vaguely aware of heroin but we knew it as a drug used only by the bums down on Skid Row.

This was in the early 1950s. Note that is not “1950’s,” by the way. Using an apostrophe after a word puts it in the possessive tense, not in the plural. Pet peeve of mine.


28 posted on 03/25/2014 5:38:16 AM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: neverbluffer

There’s only one thing to do, I’m afraid. Deal out some justice to the dealers.


29 posted on 03/25/2014 6:19:55 AM PDT by golux
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To: neverbluffer

I am truly sorry to read this, I hope for the very best for your son and your family.


30 posted on 03/25/2014 7:52:33 AM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: Yorlik803

“Don’t you know? Wallstreet along with the CIA and the Queen of England are importing this stuff into the country.”

Silly me.


31 posted on 03/25/2014 10:53:32 AM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: lacrew

I agree with you...


32 posted on 03/25/2014 1:34:32 PM PDT by neverbluffer
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To: mgist

There’s always dopefiends, the only thing that really changes is their drug of choice. Meth was popular, now it’s fading again, so H gets to come back.


33 posted on 03/25/2014 1:38:13 PM PDT by discostu (Call it collect, call it direct, call it TODAY!)
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To: mgist

Ban the gateway drug: Alcohol, per the article.


34 posted on 03/25/2014 1:43:13 PM PDT by truth_seeker (Nissan)
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To: miserare

Start wasting the dealers. It’s the only way.


35 posted on 03/27/2014 6:30:33 PM PDT by golux
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