"The toxicology studies on blood reveal the presence alprazolam, and amphetamine at levels likely consistent with the therapeutic range, a metabolite of buproprion and a high level of fentanyl. Phenylpropranolamine and amphetamine are present in the urine. When fentanyl and alprazolam are taken together there may be a synergistic central nervous system depressive effect. Based on the history and circumstances, s currently known, the manner of death is accident."
He said he used Two bags of heroin today. He doesn't use the crystal meth and heroin at the same time usually because they don't mix well, but he did this morning. He usually takes Three Klonipin a day, but only took Two this morning. He pays $50.00 for a quater gram of meth but the prices have been going down. His friend Mike Stockunas got him to start using meth. He buys his needles from from Walmart or Rite Aid for $4.00 per bag. He has Two children with his wife (Nicole SMITH) who are 3 and 10 years old and she does the same drugs as he does. His Klonopin are prescribed by Doctor Smith who is from Georgia. He buys his heroin from Hazleton and pays $40.00 for a bun (10 bags). The "buns" are sold with 10 bags worth of heroin in 1 bag because he was told people will only be charged with possession instead of intent to deliver. He had a fowl body odor and said he hasn't showered in 3 or 4 days and has been having a lot of problems with his wife. Ryan Hzara drives him to Hazleton to by the heroin, sometimes his brother will go, but not
In my community, we have a bad case of drugs. In the community of Chambersburg, there is lot of heroin. Not only is there heroin but there is many other drugs that the people of Chambersburg sell and make. A few of those drugs are marijuana, cocain, and meth, ect. But it is very difficult to find out who is dealing, and who is using. Here are some article I found about drug use in Chambersburg.
Many people may not realize this but multiple states, including Michigan, are facing an epidemic. It is not a disease, however, it is a heroin epidemic. In a country where addictive opioid pain-killer prescriptions are handed out like candy, it not surprising heroin, also known as smack or thunder, has become a serious problem. The current heroin epidemic Michigan is facing, as are dozens of other states, has spiraled out of control in recent years. In Michigan, some of the areas hit hardest by this drug are in the southern portion of the state, like Wayne, Oakland, and Monroe Counties. The connection between painkillers and heroin may not be clear, but this is because both are classified as opioid drugs, and therefore cause many of the same positive and negative side effects. As a country, we are currently the largest consumer of opioids in the world; almost the entire world supply of hydrocodone (the opioid in Vicodin) and 81% of the world’s oxycodone (in Percocet and OxyContin) is used by the United States (Volkow). Along with consuming most of the world’s most common opioids, we have gone from 76 million of these prescriptions in 1991 to 207 million in 2013 – constantly increasing except for a small decrease starting in 2012 (Volkow). This widespread use has caused numerous consequences from increasing emergency room visits – for both painkillers and heroin – to sky-rocking overdose cases all over the country (Volkow). Michigan, unfortunately, currently has one of the
As in the past, the four main drug threats in our service area have been cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana. Our service saw a slight increase of heroin. In 2014 we seized/purchased a total of 154.2 grams of heroin, while seizing/purchasing 178.85 grams in 2015. We are very aware of the national attention heroin currently has received through
Heroin and opioids have grown in appearance in communities. Since, 2008 in Allegheny County alone there was more than two thousand overdose deaths, with one hundred-seventy-seven deaths in this year alone (Pennsylvania). Furthermore, in 2015 there was only one -hundred-twenty-six;
Once more, the lives of Canadians are being claimed by addiction and overdose of a new drug in the streets. For those of you who don’t know what fentanyl is, it’s a powerful opioid, 100 times stronger than morphine, that is often prescribed to help patients manage moderate to severe
This literature review will focus mainly on the drug use of heroin, the scary numbers behind the drug and the sudden rise of overdosing on the drug across the United States. Issues that will be discussed are what is Heroin, what’s in Heroin that makes it addicting, how it can increase the users risk of contracting other life threatening diseases and where it’s use and abuse are most popular across the United states and we will take a look at multiple studies that show examples of our new drug problem in the United States. While we looked at how homicide rates have dropped while in class, the flip side to that is that the amount of drug usage has risen.
Vanessa Bethea Professor Sumner Principles of Public Health 29 November 2016 Heroin Epidemic in New Jersey The heroin epidemic in New Jersey has been more and more relevant in 2016 and in the past few months. There was a report earlier this year of a mother and father overdosing on heroin in a car with their toddler in the backseat. This along with other sad and tragic stories have shaped the public narrative of the heroin epidemic in New Jersey. A report last year by New Jersey Advance Media notes that the per-capita rate of 8.3 heroin-related deaths per 100,000 people is more than triple the national rate reported by the Centers for Disease Control (Hochman). Ocean County seems to be one of the impacted communities in New Jersey. The death toll in this county and many other in Jersey have been rising. Researchers have found that dealers in New Jersey are adding more Fentanyl, an opioid painkiller a hundred times more powerful than morphine, to the heroin and thus sells at higher rates because it produces a better and bigger high. And the purity of heroin in Jersey is higher than the average. The fact that drug dealers are cutting their product with deadly toxins, that make it more addictive and more dangerous and most importantly keeps the cost low. Heroin has morphine mixed in it and can be a more affordable stand in for painkillers. A bag of heroin goes for about $5 or $10 whereas painkillers go for about $40 or $50. The affordability of the drug and the addictive nature
“...from that moment on I didn't take heroin because I wanted to, I took it because I needed to.” Heroin is a highly addictive, illegal drug that comes from the opium plant. In just the year 2014, 12,000 people in the United States died from heroin overdoses. The York County community has made a big effort to help fight the heroin epidemic, but despite these efforts the county is clearly still struggling with over 60 overdose deaths last year. Some of the efforts York County is making include the use of NARCAN, drug drop boxes, the Good Samaritan law and treatment courts.
Many articles I have read say that both law enforcement agencies and state officials suspect that the rise of heroin abuse is due to many reasons. One theory is that because local and federal drug agencies have been shutting down illegal prescription pill mills, and that drug abusers that were hooked on prescription opiates are seeking out cheaper alternatives such as heroin (Kounang, 2015). “Heroin seems to be the drug of choice right now for a number of reasons. Users can inject it, they can snort it and it’s very, very inexpensive and easy to obtain. We’re are seeing that it is cheaper in Providence than it is here in Massachusetts.” stated Ramos when I asked him why it’s so popular. In my opinion, one thing is clear. Both national and local authorities are making an effort to combat this growing issue. They are not turning a blind eye to this epidemic.
Just this past month there was a 60 Minutes special called “Heroin in the Heartland” on the skyrocketing amounts of heroin overdoses in the area. In the past year almost half of the 2,482 drug-related deaths in Ohio have resulted from heroin overdoses (Ohio Department of Health). Heroin is the new prescription painkillers of Ohio as it’s mass quantities and cheap price have beat out the other hard-hitting drugs. Attorney General of Ohio Mike DeWine says heroin can be found in any county of Ohio currently. The northern counties of the state are where the most overdoses, dealings, and devastations of this drug are occurring. “Today heroin overdoses take the lives of at least 23 people in Ohio every week. We were told many other heroin deaths go unreported,” (Bill Whitaker, Heroin in the Heartland clip). The statistics are staggering. Ohio has taken notice and has formulated the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic Northeast Ohio Community Action Plan.
STEUBEN COUNTY (WENY) - Authorities in Steuben County are working to put a stop to the increasing number of drug related deaths that have recently devastated the community. From here on out any drug related deaths within Steuben County will now be looked at as potential crime. District Attorney Brooks Baker
I was extremely excited about participating in the Criminal Litigation Clinic at the Philadelphia Defenders Association. Not only have I conducted Preliminary Hearings this fall, I will also be developing reports for clients in mitigation. However, my excitement quickly turned into frustration. My first Preliminary Hearing client was a 43-year-old Hispanic male who had been arrested and charged with possession (alleged heroin) and possession with the intent to deliver alleged heroin. Although the field test ruled the drug inconclusive, the seizure analysts revealed that the alleged heroin was actually Fentanyl. In the courtroom, particularly in Philadelphia, Fentanyl is considered worst than heroin because it has an alarming rate of overdose deaths. In some jurisdictions, when a user dies as a result of Fentanyl, authorizes will trace the Fentanyl purchase back to the seller and proceed to charge the seller with manslaughter.
Describe and define the problem Heroin use and overdose related deaths have increased considerably in the United States in recent years (Jones, Logan, Gladden, & Bohm, 2015). The results of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health [NSDUH] (2014), showed in the year 2013, approximately 517,000 Americans abused heroin, which