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  • Help! Family of Heroin Addicts and what?

    07/18/2016 6:54:26 PM PDT · by WhoisAlanGreenspan? · 80 replies
    Looking for some comments and any advice. I lost my only son to this horrible addiction to heroin just a few months ago. 4/2/16 Now I've been contacted by a nephew (in-law) who shares the same problems. I want to help him if I can. The thought I had was in addition to gathering his papers from another location, driving him with those papers to the Secretary of State office and paying for the new ID, that he needs to get a (for sure) new job. I would also give him a five dollar bill. And tell him he is...
  • Fatal connections [Clinton Foundation Donors & Nigeria]

    07/07/2016 3:12:25 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 6/24/16 | Mindy Belz
    As the Clinton-led State Department dragged its feet against Boko Haram, Clinton Foundation donors made millions from Nigerian oil fields The attacks on Jan. 20, 2012, began not so much as an explosion but as an earthquake. ....In coordinated bombings at 23 separate locations in the city of Kano, including police headquarters and military barracks, the group left one of Africa’s largest cities in disarray and panic. The January attacks killed more than 185 people—Africa’s worst terrorism since the 1998 al-Qaeda attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. ...Boko Haram often showed up better equipped than the Nigerian military...prominently...
  • Dog Tests Positive for Meth, Heroin

    05/22/2016 2:09:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | May 21, 2016 | Fox 5 San Diego
    Dog tests positive for meth, heroin TUSTIN, Calif. – A dog picked up during an arrest in Tustin, California has tested positive for methamphetamine and heroin, authorities said. Tustin Police Lt. Robert Wright tells CNN that the dog named Bubba was found in a hotel room after officers served an arrest warrant for Joshua West, 40, on March 22 in Orange County. West was on parole for drug violations, said Wright. Police reported illegal drugs were found in the room along with used needles. The dog was turned over to Orange County Animal Care (OCAC) and transported to its facility....
  • Once unthinkable in US, drug shoot-up rooms get serious look

    05/08/2016 10:20:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2016 12:15 PM EDT | David Klepper
    Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints — because no one was around to save them when they overdosed. An alarming 47,000 American overdose deaths in 2014 — 60 percent from heroin and related painkillers like fentanyl — has pushed elected leaders from coast to coast to consider what was once unthinkable: government-sanctioned sites where users can shoot up under the supervision of a doctor or nurse who can administer an antidote if necessary. “Things are getting out of control. We have to find...
  • Woman arrested with fetus in purse speaks from behind bars

    05/06/2016 7:00:56 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 4 replies
    WFAA.COM ^ | 06 MAY 2016 | WFAA.COM
    SAN ANTONIO -- A woman, desperate to be a mother, sits in jail after being caught in the park with heroin, meth, and the remains of her unborn child in her purse. Now Bernadette Rivera is speaking out from behind bars, saying she isn’t a monster, but simply wanted to give her child a proper burial. Police arrested Bernadette in Cassiano Park for drug possession shortly before midnight on April 28th. Officers found the remains of an 8-week-old fetus when they searched her purse. Bernadette says she had a miscarriage outside of the hospital on April 3 and went to...
  • THANK YOU DONALD TRUMP FOR TELLING THE TRUTH WITH COURAGE.

    02/03/2016 3:59:31 PM PST · by cradle of freedom · 105 replies
    Thank you Donald Trump for telling the truth with courage. When others feared being called names by the politically correct, Trump got out there and said in no uncertain terms that HE WOULD BUILD A WALL! This is one of the major reasons why so many people love him. Millions of Americans have been harmed by illegal immigration and others have learned about it and sought to get the message out over the years only to be suppressed and smothered by the politically correct establishment. Why is there a huge heroin problem in this country today? Mexico. Most of the...
  • Awash in Mexican heroin

    04/29/2016 1:43:38 AM PDT · by blueplum · 53 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | 24 April 2016 | Mike Gallagher
    When federal officials talk about a flood of heroin entering the country, they are not exaggerating. In recent years the amount of heroin produced in Mexico has more than doubled – from less than 60 tons to more than 140 tons last year. It’s cheap. It’s plentiful. And all of it is destined for buyers in the United States. [snip]New Mexico, as a border state, is a transit state for all drugs coming north from Mexico, whether the drugs are smuggled into California, Arizona or through the ports of entry in southern New Mexico or El Paso.
  • Obama green lighted the heroin epidemic

    04/26/2016 3:05:28 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 50 replies
    Pravda ^ | 20.04.2016 | William Edstrom
    The Brookings Institution reported that Barack Obama ended opium eradication efforts in Afghanistan in 2009, effectively green lighting Afghan opium production and the Afghan heroin trade. By 2010, all US efforts to eradicate Afghan opium ceased. It has been US policy to allow Afghan opium growing and the heroin trade since. US heroin deaths tripled from 3,036 in 2010 to 10,574 in 2014 as a result of the Afghan narcotics trade being green lighted by Obama during his first year in office. Vanda Felbab-Brown at the Brookings Institution. a liberal think tank that often writes reports supporting the Obama Administration,...
  • 13 charged in Cape Cod heroin ring; 3 accused of murder (Massachusetts)

    04/05/2016 8:58:37 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | April 5, 2016 | Antonio Planas
    Thirteen suspects reputedly tied to a street gang have been charged with trafficking heroin on Cape Cod — while three suspects have been charged with first-degree murder in connection to the brutal 2015 shooting and stabbing slaying of a 28-year-old Hyannis woman, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced today. The suspects are linked to the Nauti gang and the alleged drug ring was “responsible for a significant quantity of the heroin that has been distributed in Cape Cod,” Ortiz said in a criminal complaint.
  • Cross-border tunnel extends length of 4 football fields (from Mexico to US)

    03/23/2016 6:43:46 PM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2016 | Elliot Spagat | AP
    U.S. authorities on Wednesday seized a cross-border tunnel that ran the length of four football fields from a restaurant in Mexicali, Mexico, to a newly built house in Calexico, California, following an investigation that netted more than a ton of marijuana and resulted in four arrests. The tunnel was the 12th completed secret passage that U.S. authorities have discovered along California’s border with Mexico since 2006. They have found more than 75 along the entire U.S.-Mexico border in the last five years, mostly in California and Arizona and many of them incomplete.
  • Massachusetts governor chokes up at painkiller bill signing

    03/14/2016 7:52:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 14, 2016 2:56 PM EDT | Bob Salsberg
    An emotional Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed what he called the most comprehensive law in the nation to combat an opioid addiction scourge, including a seven-day limit on first-time prescriptions for opiate painkillers. The Republican governor struggled to maintain his composure while recalling families he had met — some standing behind him at the Statehouse ceremony — who had lost loved ones to a “deadly, merciless epidemic” and others who were desperately seeking help for a family member. In recent years, the opiate-abuse epidemic has claimed thousands of lives in Massachusetts. The law, which was given final approval by...
  • Paterson man wearing ankle bracelet for probation caught with 1,841 bags of heroin

    03/03/2016 4:54:56 PM PST · by Coleus · 8 replies
    northjersey ^ | 03.02.16 | JOE MALINCONICO
    A man who lives across the street from a prominent drug treatment program was arrested Tuesday night on charges involving almost 1,900 packets of heroin, according to authorities. The suspect, 24-year-old Lirse Jones, was wearing an ankle bracelet because he is on probation stemming from a previous drug conviction, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik. Narcotics detectives spotted Jones pacing back and forth near the corner of Straight Street and 20th Avenue while on his cell phone, the sheriff said. Shortly after that, a man driving a black Range Rover pulled up to the curb and made an exchange...
  • Mayor wants to open supervised injection facility for heroin in NY city

    02/23/2016 10:33:50 AM PST · by PROCON · 25 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | Feb. 22, 2016 | Cody Derespina
    One upstate New York city is planning an unconventional approach to combating a growing heroin epidemic: Letting addicts shoot up on government property under the supervision of medical professionals. Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick unveiled his controversial proposal to open a supervised injection facility during an interview with The Associated Press released Monday. The facility would provide a space for users to inject pre-purchased drugs with clean needles under the watchful eye of healthcare professionals who could, in theory, keep them safe and direct them to addiction services."My father was a drug addict. He split from the family when I was...
  • Ithaca Plan: Harm reduction pillar calls for access to heroin, safe usage locations

    02/22/2016 7:16:41 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 42 replies
    the ITHACA VOICE ^ | FEBRUARY 22, 2016 | BY JOLENE ALMENDAREZ
    ITHACA, N.Y. -- In a stairway located 107 seconds away from Dewitt Park in downtown Ithaca, used heroin needles and condoms littered the secluded steps Monday morning -- the same as every morning. That ... is exactly the kind of thing officials hope to prevent with the radical new measures proposed in The Ithaca Plan... essentially allowing addicts to get free heroin and shoot up in a safe, clean locations... Mayor Svante Myrick -- who founded a drug task force to research the heroin epidemic happening in Ithaca two years ago -- is an advocate... In short, heroin assisted therapy...
  • Donald Trump: New Hampshire Drug Epidemic

    02/07/2016 8:08:12 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 44 replies
    Facebook ^ | 2/7/2016 | Donald Trump
    Donald J. Trump: "The New Hampshire drug epidemic must stop. If elected POTUS -- I will create borders and the drugs will stop pouring in. We will #MakeAmericaGreatAgain!"
  • HEROIN: BLAME IT ON AMERICA

    02/04/2016 12:27:39 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 46 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 3 Feb 2016 | Ann Coulter
    Any politician who claims to care about the drug overdose deaths sweeping the nation, but does not demand that we build a wall, deport illegal aliens and end the anchor baby scam, is a liar. In 2014, more people died from drug overdoses than any year in U.S. history: 47,055. That's more than die in car accidents -- and it's not even close. This is a huge, horrible problem -- and it's a problem caused entirely by the fact that Mexico is on our southern border. The diverse, hardworking people of Mexico manufacture the majority of heroin in the U.S....
  • Ann Coulter–Heroin: Blame It on America

    02/03/2016 4:20:20 PM PST · by george76 · 69 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 3 Feb 2016 | Ann Coulter
    Any politician who claims to care about the drug overdose deaths sweeping the nation, but does not demand that we build a wall, deport illegal aliens and end the anchor baby scam, is a liar. In 2014, more people died from drug overdoses than any year in U.S. history: 47,055. That's more than die in car accidents -- and it's not even close. This is a huge, horrible problem -- and it's a problem caused entirely by the fact that Mexico is on our southern border. The diverse, hardworking people of Mexico manufacture the majority of heroin in the U.S....
  • Trump tries to comfort man who lost son to heroin

    01/16/2016 3:24:12 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 67 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/15/2016 | NICK GASS
    Donald Trump got personal on Friday in answering a father's question about stopping the rampant heroin epidemic. "I lost my son two years ago to a heroin overdose," a man told Trump at a rally in Urbandale, Iowa, his first event after Thursday night's debate. Trump asked whether the man was from Iowa; he responded that he was from Owego, New York, an upstate town in the center of the state that has been no stranger to the influx of heroin in recent years. "Well, you know they have a tremendous problem in New Hampshire with the heroin. Unbelievable. It's...
  • Four Admit Meth, Heroin Distribution in Ocean, Burlington Counties

    01/12/2016 10:48:50 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 6 replies
    The Patch (New Jersey) ^ | January 12, 2016 | Karen Wall, Anthony Bellano
    TRENTON, NJ -- Four men have pleaded guilty to their part in the distribution of methamphetamine and heroin in Burlington and Ocean counties, Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said Monday. The following four men pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge Wendel E. Daniels in Ocean County on Monday: Guadalupe Madrigal-Mejia, 36, of New Egypt (Plumsted Township, Ocean County), aka "Lupe," pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree distribution of heroin. The state will recommend that he be sentenced to 10 years in state prison. Elias Corona-Sanchez, 31, of North Hanover, aka "Peligro," also pleaded guilty to a charge of...
  • Dad Arrested, Mom Dies After Both...Allegedly Overdose on Heroin in Daughter's Hospital Room...

    01/09/2016 1:39:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    people.com ^ | 01/09/2016 | adam carlson
    An Alabama man remains in jail on drug and weapons charges two days after his wife was found dead after both are suspected of overdosing in the Cincinnati hospital room of their daughter... Cincinnati police were first called to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center at about 11:30 a.m. local time Thursday about a potential overdose... There they found Mary Ann Landers dead on the floor and her husband, Wesley, unresponsive in the bathroom, says Cincinnati police Lt. Stephen Saunders. Mary was found in the room with a needle in her arm, Saunders says; and though police believe that she...
  • LePage in spotlight for saying drug dealers impregnate ‘white girls’ (Maine)

    01/08/2016 7:33:17 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 22 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | January 7, 2016 | Randy Billings
    Gov. Paul LePage has drawn widespread condemnation for a racially charged comment he made during one of his regular town hall meetings to promote his policy agenda in Bridgton on Wednesday night. About 30 minutes into the meeting, which was rebroadcast Thursday night, LePage responded to a question about how he was tackling substance abuse in Maine. He began talking about how much of the heroin is coming into Maine from out-of-state drug dealers. "These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty - these types of guys - they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here,...
  • Heroin’s surge raises life-or-death medical ethics issue

    01/02/2016 7:14:53 AM PST · by Zakeet · 52 replies
    Tampa Bay Tribune ^ | January 1, 2016 | Keith Morelli
    Heroin addicts with recurring heart valve problems caused by their use of dirty needles are forcing surgeons across the state to make difficult ethics decisions on continuing to provide them expensive care. Cardiac surgeons are seeing a 50 percent increase in ineffective valvular heart disorders attributed to the use of dirty needles, said Scott H. Bronleewe, a cardiac surgeon practicing in Tampa for the past 26 years. The cost is staggering: more than $500,000 for the procedure and hospital stay for an uninsured addict, many of whom are back on the operating table within a few months, suffering from the...
  • Friend who gave Boston Marathon bombers gun sentenced to time served

    12/23/2015 3:28:58 AM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    WCVB ^ | Dec 22, 2015
    Prosecutors: Gun used to kill Officer Sean Collier . A man who loaned a gun used by the Boston Marathon bombers to kill a police officer was sentenced Tuesday to the 17 months he has already served and apologized, saying his actions were "dumb." I was young, dumb, and thought I could outsmart everyone," 22-year-old Stephen Silva told a judge in U.S. District Court. He pleaded guilty to gun and heroin distribution charges last year.
  • Scott Weiland, Former Stone Temple Pilots Singer, Dead at 48

    12/04/2015 8:42:30 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 28 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 12/04/15 | Kory Grow
    Scott Weiland, the instantly recognizable voice behind Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver who was known for his dynamic stage presence, has died. He was 48. Weiland's manager confirmed the news to Rolling Stone. Weiland passed away in his sleep on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, according to an official Instagram post. In addition to sharing the news of his death, it read, "At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott's family be respected." TMZ reported that Weiland was found dead on his tour bus in Minnesota at around 9 p.m. Thursday night while touring with his...
  • FDA clears new, easy-to-use version of heroin antidote (naloxone)

    11/18/2015 3:59:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 18, 2015 6:34 PM EST | Matthew Perrone
    The Food and Drug Administration has approved an easy-to-use version of the life-saving drug that reverses heroin and prescription painkiller overdoses, as communities across the country grapple with a wave of drug abuse. The reformulated drug, sold as Narcan, comes as a nasal spray and should help first responders, police and others deliver the antidote in emergency situations. Known generically as naloxone, the drug reverses the effects of opioids, drugs that include legal painkillers such as oxycodone and illegal narcotics such as heroin. ...
  • OK, Who Ordered the Mexican Heroin?

    11/05/2015 5:59:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 4, 2015 | Ann Coulter
    Heroin use in the United States increased by nearly 80 percent between 2007 and 2012 alone, and The New York Times' main reaction to this depressing fact is to be overjoyed that the new addicts are mostly white. The important point is not that ragingly addictive drugs are sweeping small-town America, young lives are being cut short, or that we lost one of the most talented actors of his generation to a heroin overdose. What matters is that that the drug epidemic is not having a disparate impact. Excitedly reporting that "nearly 90 percent of those who tried heroin for...
  • Oslo and Bergen Could Give Way Free Heroin

    10/20/2015 12:59:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Local ^ | 17 Oct 2015
    Norway’s two largest cities could start giving away heroin for free to hardened drug addicts, in an effort to reduce the country’s death rate from overdose, the second highest in Europe after Estonia. After the Labour Party took control of the two cities in last month’s local elections, it is expected to start trialing the policy in both cities, Aftenposten newspaper said on Friday. “We have agreed not to prevent a trial of heroin-assisted treatment for the heaviest abusers, if the Bergen health authority wants to begin such an effort again,” Harald Schjelderup (Ap), the newly appointed Chief Commissioner for...
  • Homeless emergency declared in Hawaii

    10/18/2015 12:29:44 PM PDT · by PROCON · 64 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct. 17, 2015 | Greg Botelho
    (CNN)—Hawaii is a place many go to kick back, relax and enjoy the good life. But for others, it's a land of struggle. That's why its governor on Friday signed an emergency proclamation to tackle homelessness in the state, saying the measure will help turn around the lives of young and old. "Homelessness remains a serious issue in every county throughout the state," Gov. David Ige said in a press release.Hawaii has an estimated 7,620 homeless people, said the governor's spokeswoman Cindy McMillan, citing a 2015 statewide count. This may not seem like much compared with other places -- to...
  • Drug charges filed after dozens of heroin overdose cases reported

    10/04/2015 6:52:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/4/15 | Jeremy Gorner and Tony Briscoe
    Two reputed gang members were arrested and appeared in court on drug charges over the weekend after Chicago Fire Department crews responded to 74 heroin overdose cases in 72 hours last week.Chicago police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were combing the West Side trying to find the source of the dangerous batch of drugs. Alfonzo Sylvester, 24, was arrested Saturday and appeared in Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sunday on charges of possession of heroin with the intent to deliver and aggravated fleeing and eluding police, both felonies, prosecutors said.Sylvester, wearing a denim jacket with red lettering that read...
  • Andy Beshear calls for heroin solutions that his dad already signed into law

    10/01/2015 8:45:10 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 9 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 9/28/2015 | John Cheves
    Andy Beshear, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, has been promoting his plan to fight heroin use in Kentucky, including mandatory minimum prison terms for dealers, better access to anti-overdose medication for emergency workers and a "Good Samaritan law" that legally protects drug users who report an overdose to authorities, all of which he says should be done "without further delay." But Beshear's proposals — featured on his campaign website — already are the law. They were included in last winter's hotly debated Senate Bill 192, signed by his father, Gov. Steve Beshear, in March, and crafted in part by...
  • Prosecutor: Baby Bella 'screamed to be let out' in life of torment

    09/21/2015 10:13:29 AM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 36 replies
    The drug-addled mother of Bella Bond watched her boyfriend swath the tot's lifeless body in a garbage bag and stuff her in their refrigerator before the Dorchester couple went on a days-long heroin binge, a prosecutor said today. "She was a demon and this was her time to die," Michael P. McCarthy, 35, and a fanatic of the occult, told Rachelle D. Bond, 40, one terrible day in May as he stood over Bella in the 2 1/2-year-old child's bedroom, according to assistant Suffolk District Attorney David Deakin. McCarthy, his long blond hair spilling over his shoulders, was held without...
  • Heroin problem in New Hampshire forces candidates to discuss drugs.

    08/11/2015 3:05:02 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 5 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | August 10, 2015
    The outsized influence of New Hampshire on elections gives it a pulpit to focus on pet issues. This election cycle, the pet cause is drugs. According to The Daily Beast, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas has pressured presidential candidates to address the state’s heroin epidemic and craft policy to address it. Almost a dozen candidates have spoken with Gatsas, and it showed in last week’s Fox News Republican presidential candidate debate. Ohio Gov. John Kasich mentioned Manchester and its drug problems, and Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio have discussed it in other forums. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker spoke on a New...
  • East Baltimore anti-violence group work suspended after guns, drugs found in raid

    07/16/2015 8:41:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    baltimoresun.com ^ | 7/14/2015 | Kevin Rector and Justin Fenton
    Police said this week's investigation began when they were called about 2:26 a.m. Monday to the intersection of Hillen and Forrest streets, just south of East Monument Street, where a man said he was just robbed at gunpoint by two men in a gray SUV. Soon after, an officer spotted the vehicle parked in the 2300 block of E. Monument and saw men dart inside the Safe Streets office. When officers eventually raided the office, they found guns, heroin, cocaine, and other items used in the manufacturing and sale of drugs, including cutting agents and scales, police said.
  • Former DEA agent: 'El Chapo' wants to push Juarez Cartel out, funnel drugs through NM

    07/15/2015 5:58:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    KOB-TV ^ | 07/14/2015
    He was part of the team that helped put one of Mexico's most violent drug lords behind bars – the same one who escaped from a Mexican maximum-security prison over the weekend. Tuesday, KOB talked to Michael Vigil, a former DEA agent from New Mexico who investigated Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman for years. Vigil says Guzman's escape is not good for the U.S., especially our state. He says Guzman wants to push out the Juarez Cartel and push more heroin through New Mexico. "Chapo Guzman has taken over that area and he controls most of the routes into the United...
  • Chicago convulsed by another violent weekend; top cop blames justice system

    07/05/2015 11:24:23 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | Mon July 6, 2015 | By Leslie Holland
    (CNN)A visibly angry Chicago Police Department Superintendent said Sunday that he is "outraged and saddened" by a violent holiday weekend there. Even in a city frequently beset by head-grabbing violence, seven slayings between Friday morning and Sunday afternoon drew terrible attention.
  • Science inches closer to 'home brew' heroin

    06/27/2015 5:04:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Eryn Brown
    The development, reported in the journal Science, fills a gap in researchers' understanding of the biochemistry of poppies that could help scientists fine-tune and manufacture painkillers and other useful poppy-derived compounds. That could lead to safer and more effective therapies. But it could also smooth the way for people to start producing morphine on their own -- perhaps even at home, much as hobbyists use yeast to brew beer or make wine -- expanding and localizing opiate production and getting more people hooked on drugs like heroin. ... Before the release of the new study, said senior author and University...
  • Drug overdoses surpass car accident deaths in Pennsylvania

    06/27/2015 12:23:03 AM PDT · by RC one · 15 replies
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | June 23, 2015 12:00 AM | Hannah Schwarz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Pennsylvania is near the top of the national statistics for drug overdose deaths, but neighboring states West Virginia and Ohio are being hit even worse, according to a report released last week. Use of prescription drugs and heroin is fueling the problem, and the number of deaths from drug overdoses now surpasses car accident-related deaths in Pennsylvania and 35 other states. The report, published by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, breaks down all injury-related deaths by state. Pennsylvania fell in the middle of the pack for all injury-related deaths, coming in at No. 23,...
  • Feds: West Side drug dealer had customers lined up around the corner (Chicago)

    06/26/2015 4:26:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    Chicago Sun TImes ^ | 6/24/2015 | JON SEIDEL
    James Triplett had his customers lined up around the corner in broad daylight, the feds say. Not for concert tickets. Not for iPhones. For heroin. Now 42 people are facing state or federal drug charges for their alleged roles in supplying and distributing heroin around West Grenshaw and Independence in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. Among them is the 33-year-old Triplett, also known as “Trell,” who authorities said controlled the drug market in the area. Investigators even included a photo in a federal criminal complaint spanning more than 200 pages. They said the photo depicts a line...
  • Liberal Democrats plot to have heroin decriminalized: Party’s proposals would see nobody…(UK)

    06/22/2015 9:41:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:53 EST, 22 June 2015 | James Slack and Tamara Cohen
    Possession of all drugs, including heroin and cocaine, would be decriminalized under radical plans tabled by the Liberal Democrats today. The party’s push, led by ex-police chief Brian Paddick, will attempt to ambush a Government Bill to ban the sale of legal highs when it is debated by the Lords. Under their proposals, nobody would be arrested or prosecuted for possession of drugs—even the hardest Class A substances. Instead, police “may” ask the offender to attend a drug awareness course or treatment program. […] Kathy Gyngell, of the Centre for Policy Studies, described the latest plan to decriminalize heroin as...
  • Deaths from fentanyl, 50 times more powerful than heroin, nearly triple in N.J.

    06/21/2015 6:04:03 PM PDT · by windcliff · 33 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 6-15-2015 | Stephan Sterling
    <p>Overdose deaths attributed to fentanyl, a prescription opioid up to 50 times more powerful than heroin, tripled in New Jersey in 2014, new data show, adding a destructive new wrinkle to the state's heroin and opioid crisis.</p> <p>State data show that 143 overdose deaths were attributed to fentanyl in 2014, up from 49 in 2013. It's a growing worry for law enforcement officials who know a single use of the drug, often unknowingly used to lace heroin, can lead to death.</p>
  • NJ Assemblyman Looks To Ban Organic Herb That Produces Heroin-Like High

    04/24/2015 12:46:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    CBS New York ^ | April 24, 2015
    A New Jersey lawmaker wants to ban an organic herb fueling the latest drug craze among teens. As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, Kratom gives a high similar to heroin. The substance is legal and kids can buy it, Adams reported. The plant is related to coffee; it is native to southeast Asia and has long been used as an herbal pain reliever. But it is also psychoactive and can cause hallucinations and addictions, says New Jersey Assemblyman Ron Dancer, who wants to make the substance illegal. “According to the FDA, there is a known toxicity in multiple organs that...
  • Bayonne woman and daughter died of accidental drug overdose, authorities say

    04/24/2015 2:25:17 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | April 23, 2015
    BAYONNE -- A woman and her daughter who were found dead in their Bayonne home earlier this year died of an accidental drug overdose, the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office said yesterday. "The medical examiner has determined that the cause of death of both Melanie Polito and Ashley Baez ... was drug overdose, and the manner of death for both was determined to be (an) accident," Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Gene Rubino said. Polito's overdose involved multiple drugs, including heroin and Oxycodone, while Baez's overdose involved heroin
  • Serving All Your Heroin Needs

    04/17/2015 8:06:30 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 41 replies
    ny times ^ | 4-19-2015 | SAM QUINONES
    Most of our heroin now comes not from Asia, but from Latin America, particularly Mexico, where poppies grow well in the mountains along the Pacific Coast. Mexican traffickers have focused on a rudimentary, less-processed form of heroin that can be smoked or injected. It is called black tar, which accurately describes its appearance. Cheaper to produce and ship than the stuff of decades past from Asia, heroin has fallen in price, and so more people have become addicted. The most important traffickers in this story hail from Xalisco, a county of 49,000 people near the Pacific Coast. They have devised...
  • Rural Indiana county’s HIV outbreak tops 100 cases (Scott County)

    04/10/2015 8:37:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 10, 2015 11:19 PM EDT | Rick Callahan
    More than 100 people in southeastern Indiana have tested positive for HIV in an outbreak linked to the sharing of intravenous needles, and officials said Friday they’re trying to combat unfounded fears among drug users that they could be arrested if they take part in a needle-exchange program created to stem the spread of the virus. The state’s Joint Information Center said there had been 95 confirmed HIV cases and 11 preliminary positive cases tied to the outbreak as of Thursday. That’s up from last week’s 84 confirmed HIV cases and five preliminary positive cases. […] Indiana’s largest-ever HIV outbreak...
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr. jumps into California vaccine debate

    03/17/2015 5:50:45 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 12 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 03/16/2015 | Laurel Rosenhall
    The California Legislature’s debate over whether to make childhood vaccines mandatory has attracted another high-profile personality: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the son of the late U.S. senator and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy.
  • Mexican opium farmers expand plots to supply US heroin boom

    02/02/2015 12:31:29 PM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    AP ^ | February 2, 2015 | Mark Stevenson
    Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Guerrero. The multibillion-dollar Mexican opium trade starts here, with poppy farmers so poor they live in wood-plank, tin-roofed shacks with no indoor plumbing.
  • Heroin problem: 'We're not going to arrest our way out of this'

    01/20/2015 10:24:15 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 241 replies
    The Dispatch / The Rock Island Argus [IL] ^ | January 18, 2015 | Rachel Warmke
    Local law enforcers, such as Rock Island County State's Attorney John McGehee and Quad City Metropolitan Enforcement Director Kevin Winslow say the solution to the heroin problem is to stop the dealers. "We don't focus on addicts and users," Mr. Winslow said. "I think law enforcement as a whole wants to get the source of the problem." In 2014, local officials filed their first case of drug-induced homicide against Jamil Steward, 26, of East Moline, who was accused of selling heroin that caused the overdose death of Michael Reid, 26, of Silvis. Mr. Steward entered an Alford plea on Dec....
  • What Could Go Wrong? Obama Frees Nuclear Terrorist from Gitmo

    01/01/2015 12:23:29 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 31, 2014 | Jim Holt
    What could go wrong? Barack Obama released a nuclear terrorist back to Afghanistan this month. Mohammad Zahir was in possession of uranium for use in making an atomic bomb when he was captured. Daniel Greenfield at Frontpage Magazine reported: If Obama has a red line when it comes to releasing terrorists, we haven’t seen it yet. There appears to be no threat that a terrorist can pose and no crime he has committed too severe to prevent him from getting a plane trip out of Gitmo at taxpayer expense. The last releases saw terrorists rated as high risk freed by...
  • Feds: Yee shook down NFL team, 'Shrimpboy' headed organized crime group (shoulder fired missiles)

    07/25/2014 9:53:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 7/25/14 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    **SNIP** At one meeting with an undercover FBI agent, Jackson allegedly told Yee that the agent knew the owner of an NFL team. Yee then told the agent about a pending law that would limit NFL players from filing workers' compensation claims in the state if they played for out of state teams. Yee told the agent that he should "convey this information to the owner of the NFL team" with an offer of help from Yee. Asked about the cost of such a vote, Yee reportedly said, "Oh no...we gotta drag it out, man. We gotta juice this thing."...
  • RFK, Jr: 'We have so much to learn from Cuba'

    01/05/2015 7:38:36 AM PST · by rktman · 69 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1/5/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    No, apparently this is not a spoof, the scion of the man who was responsible for the Cuban blockade is full of awe for the Cuban dictatorship. Sure, it’s a dictatorship, but other than that, it’s just ducky, apparently. Writing in the South American news agency MercoPress, Robert F. Kennedy avers, after admitting the dictatorship and lack of a free press: Despite its poverty, Cuba has managed some impressive accomplishments. Cuba’s government boasts the highest literacy rates for its population of any nation in the hemisphere. Cuba claims its citizens enjoy universal access to health care and more doctors per...