Archive for May, 2011

 

Portland Heroin Dealers Busted for Overdoses

Monday, May 30th, 2011

According to the Portland Tribune, Oregon authorities arrested three Portland residents on drug charges. These men allegedly supplied heroin to Portland resident Jeremiah Alden, a 32 year old male who died of a heroin overdose in a fast food restaurant’s restroom.

The arrests are part of an effort to punish drug dealers whose actions lead to a death. Under the Len Bias legislation in place, prosecutors can hold drug dealers accountable for drug-related deaths.

The Len Bias laws were named after a college basketball star who died from a drug overdose and create a minimum of 20 years in prison for anyone who supplies drugs that lead to overdose.

It is hoped that tough enforcement of these laws will result in fewer overdoses in Portland, Oregon.

The truth is that cracking down on heroin dealers only solves half of the problem. Someone who is addicted to heroin will not stop at any lengths to be able to get their fix. As a result, if they don’t get it from one dealer, they’ll get it from another.

Heroin addicts such as Jeremiah Alden need to be identified and brought to an Oregon heroin addiction rehab that provides the best chance for recovery. Without heroin addicts in the world, there would be no heroin dealers. If we attack the problem at both angles, we have a better chance at finally ending the senseless deaths caused by heroin abuse.

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7 Year Old Distributes Heroin to Classmates

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

A seven-year-old Pittsburgh, PA native brought bags of heroin to school and distributed them to classmates. The school learned of this when three sets of parents called in, complaining that their children had brought drugs home.

Authorities are still trying to determine where the child obtained heroin. While it’s a bizarre circumstance for a seven-year-old child to have his hands on heroin, the drug is more frequently being abused by older school children.

They aren’t shooting it up. Rather, they’re taking heroin derivatives such as “cheese heroin,” which can be purchased for a buck a hit and consists of a mix of heroin and over-the-counter pain medication. Because it’s so cheap and able to be taken so easily, it has become “popular” with the school-age crowd.

Heroin abuse is again on the rise, both because of the new, potent forms of the drug being marketed by drug pushers, and also because opioid prescriptions are on the rise. When someone becomes addicted to opioids, he’ll eventually turn to heroin for a cheaper, similar high.

Also, with new potent forms of heroin that don’t have to be injected, as mentioned above, teens are considering using it whereas they have shied away from needles. The stigma against the heroin junkie with “railroad tracks” all up and down their arms with long-sleeved shirts doesn’t keep a teen from smoking or snorting heroin. Unfortunately, heroin is dangerous and even deadly no matter which way you consume it.

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From Opium to Methadone: How Opium Solutions Just Created More Problems

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

One of the most deadly drugs currently abused by drug addicts had its roots in an effort by the pharmaceutical industry to solve the problem of widespread opiate addiction.

Opium is cultivated from poppy plants grown mostly in Afghanistan and accounts for a four billion dollar industry. The poppy seed was popularized because it could be refined into opium, a hallucinogenic and pain-numbing drug which has become widely abused worldwide.

In the late 1800s, Bayer Corporation refined opium into morphine for use as a “non-addictive” (as they advertised it) painkiller that was also useful for treating opium addiction.

Of course, we all know now that morphine is much more addictive than opium. Soon there was the societal problem of broad scale morphine addiction. To solve this problem, the pharmaceutical industry developed a further refinement of morphine: heroin. This drug was similarly advertised as a “non-addictive cure” to morphine addiction.

Heroin, unfortunately, was even more addictive than morphine, to the point where morphine addiction is a relative non-issue in our current society, and the main problem is heroin.

More modernly, the new “non-addictive wonder drug” for treating heroin addiction has been introduced as “methadone”. Actually, methadone has its roots in pre-World War II Germany, developed as a surgical anesthetic on the field. It’s advertised as non-addictive but has similar qualities to heroin and is in actual fact found to be even more addictive than heroin.

It’s almost a certainty that in the next 20 to 30 years you’ll see methadone taken off the shelves and become widely abused, sold on the streets and on the black market.

The history of heroin, methadone, morphine, and opium is a vivid illustration of how substance dependence can’t be solved by a substance. Treatment must be involved in getting the person to pull away from substance dependence, not replacing dependence on one substance with another.

There is no drug that can cure a craving for a drug. There are only drugs that can substitute for other drugs. In the U.S. there are several highly successful treatment programs for treating opiate addiction. Whether it’s heroin, morphine, methadone or opium, all of these drug abuse problems are treated in a similar way, although some of the later-generation drugs are of course more difficult to kick.

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Heroin Replacement Treatment

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Many heroin addicts around the nation have replaced their heroin addiction with methadone addiction.

Methadone is a controlled substance doled out in daily quantities by methadone clinics throughout the country.

They are mainly concentrated in urban areas. The “medication” is similar enough to heroin for someone taking methadone to not experience violent withdrawals or cravings for their drug of choice.

The methadone epidemic leaves us asking two questions.

1. Is methadone replacement therapy really a cure?

Of course the answer to that question is no. The answer is obvious if you’ve ever tried to get a methadone client to stop using methadone. It’s just as difficult as trying to get him to stop using heroin.

The second question we have to ask strikes at a much broader issue.

2. Is there any real difference between these “prescription medications” such as methadone and these “street drugs” such as heroin?

Is there any fundamental difference? If a street drug can be replaced by a prescription medication, whereas most street drugs aren’t even potent enough to replace heroin for a heroin addict, then isn’t it possible that some prescription drugs are the same as or worse than street drugs in terms of their effect on the body and the mind?

Actually, researching this further, many of the drugs that are commonly abused on the streets were actually developed by the pharmaceutical industry. For example, heroin was developed as the “cure” for morphine addiction by the pharmaceutical industry. Now it’s broadly sold, distributed and abused on the streets. It originated as a prescription drug. There are many more examples of this.

Valium is a prescription drug that has been so commonly abused that it is widely considered a street drug as well. There are many examples of this.

The truth is that prescription drugs and street drugs have the same basic actions on the body. The only difference really is that a prescription drug is used to treat a particular issue or problem, and psychoactive prescriptions and pain killers and that sort of thing are given in very controlled dosages. They’re not taken in the same way that street drugs are taken. They’re not taken in hits, they’re taken in small doses. However, basically they have the same function on the body, and someone who abuses prescription drugs can get the same effect and the same high as someone who abuses street drugs.

It’s important to understand that there is no real distinction here. We’re dealing with the drug problem. The drug problem includes street drugs as well as prescription medications.

It also includes controversial practices such as those used by methadone clinics that are “commonly accepted” by certain vested interests in the medical community but deserve further inspection and possible shut-down.

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Two Teens O.D. on Heroin in Michigan

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Two Fenton, Michigan high schoolers by the names of Briona Jawhari and Erika Schlosser recently overdosed on heroin in mid-February.

Heroin use is on the rise in suburban areas of Michigan, and these two latest deaths were particularly poignant.

In a memorial service for Jawhari at her high school, they played over the loudspeaker the 911 call Jawhari’s father made in an effort to save her life after he found her.

Students listened as 911 attendants instructed her father on what to do during his desperate attempt to resuscitate her. He was unable to do so – she had already passed.

It was later discovered through interviews with the late Jawhari’s friends that she started using heroin because she wanted to see what it was like after her mother overdosed and died from the same drug.

Hopefully, the memorial service will influence a generation of Fenton, Michigan youth to stay away from such a dangerous drug.

Heroin is growing more popular amongst the younger generation because it can be smoked or snorted and is very cheap compared to most drugs. Youth are wary of needles, but once they’re hooked on heroin and gaining a great tolerance, they come to use needles in order to get the same high they were once able to obtain through other forms of heroin consumption.

Heroin sells for as little as $7.00 a bag and even cheaper in some of its derivative forms. For example, “cheese heroin” is cut with Tylenol or other over-the-counter pain medications and is available for purchase for mere change. Children as young as 9 years old have been reportedly hooked on “cheese heroin,” and some areas of the U.S. are having a rash of cheese heroin overdoses. For example, over 40 people have recently died in North Texas from cheese heroine over-consumption.

Heroin addiction is one of the most deadly addictions to have. Heroin addicts have 20 times the fatality rate of the average person, and not just because of their risk of overdose but because habitual heroin users are unhealthy, thin, and the drug has actually broken down the addict’s immune system and impaired his bodily functions to the point where it’s very easy for him to get an infectious disease and have other problems.

The life of a heroin junkie is a short, miserable one. Unless actions are taken to rehabilitate the individual once he starts down the path of heroin addiction, the only thing that will stop him is death or brain damage.

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15-Year-Old Smuggles Heroin From Pakistan

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

A fifteen year old girl was busted for trying to import almost 2 kilograms of cocaine from Pakistan into Croydon in the U.K. She had concealed the drugs in a pillowcase. She was arrested by British authorities along with three adults who were accompanying her.

Since over 90% of the world’s opium is cultivated from Afghanistan in the Middle East, and since heroin is a highly refined derivative of opium, this one arrest is just a microcosm of the drug trafficking that must exist below the surface to countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States.

The export of opium from the Middle East and particularly from Afghanistan is a $4 billion industry, $3 billion of which goes to the drug smuggling organizations that export it and $1 billion of which stays with the local farmers in the country.

Heroin is a refined form of morphine, and morphine is a derivative of opium, so you can see that the main channels of distribution would center from the Middle East and countries such as Pakistan and other Afghan neighbors.

Drug smugglers, as security is tightened down, become more and more desperate to do whatever it takes in order to get drugs such as heroin across borders, including using minors and in some cases children as young as 5 years old as decoys in drug smuggling operations.

While drug enforcement needs to continue, and smuggling operations need to be detected and busted up, that only solves part of the problem. As long as there are heroin addicts, there will continue to be heroin dealers taking advantage of them. The real solution is effective rehabilitation and broad scale drug education.

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