6/12/17 Today’s Heroin Herald and Overdose Observer

Today’s News

Prescription Heroin?  A Solution?

Parents are Dying

Pills are Fake

Mexican Distribution

No one is Immune – Harvard Grads, Celebs, Athletes – anyone can fall victim to the seduction of opium


The case for prescription heroin

Vox  – ‎6 hours ago‎
The idea is this: If some people are going to use heroin no matter what, it’s better to give them a safe source of the stuff and a safe place to inject it, rather than letting them pick it up on the street – laced with who knows what – and possibly 

Five Things To Know About Heroin’s Curious Chemistry History

Forbes  – ‎8 hours ago‎
Bring up the topic of opioid painkillers, and you’re almost certain to hear an idea that goes like this: People believed, or were allegedly led to believe, that opioid painkillers pose less of an addiction risk than they actually do.

Jenelle Evans Comes Clean About Her Heroin Addiction: “Drugs Always Made the Pain Go Away”

E! Online  – ‎4 hours ago‎
“It hurt my heart, made me sick to my soul that I couldn’t see my son. I filled that hateful void with more drugs,” Jenelle wrote.

Man accused of leading deadly heroin, fentanyl ring out of Hampton Roads hotels declines plea deal

Virginian-Pilot  – ‎27 minutes ago‎
The mixture of heroin and fentanyl sold last year on the streets of South Hampton Roads was marketed with foreboding names like “Last Call” and “King of Death,” according to court documents.

Couple arrested in heroin-smuggling network on commercial flights

Miami Herald  – ‎22 hours ago‎
Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested a Miami couple after discovering a narcotics smuggling network that transported heroin from Ecuador on commercial flights to Miami, according to federal court records. The arrest of Juan Carlos Pozo …

Ohio auditor says budget proposal may let heroin dealers avoid prison; advocates argue for treatment

cleveland.com  – ‎4 hours ago‎
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio Auditor Dave Yost is concerned a provision in the state’s budget bill could keep heroin dealers out of prison, but proponents argue it will prioritize drug addiction treatment in a state grappling with an opioid epidemic.

Police: Woman arrested for heroin gave false name, said she had gone to mall

wwlp.com  – ‎2 hours ago‎
DEERFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Deerfield police say that a woman they pulled over told an officer that she had just driven from the Holyoke Mall, when in reality, she went to the city to buy heroin. According to a posting on the department’s official 

Bay City police seize $127910 in heroin in 2016, eight times more than 2015

MLive.com  – ‎7 hours ago‎
According to the agency’s annual report for 2016, the department’s VIPER Unit seized $127,910 in heroin, compared to $16,175 in 2015 and $11,355 in 2014.

Carroll heroin, fentanyl deaths continue to trickle up – Carroll County …

Carroll County Times  – ‎Jun 11, 2017‎
Newly released numbers from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene may suggest Carroll County is bucking the trend when it comes to the …

Dorchester law enforcement seize fentanyl-laced heroin

The Star Democrat  – ‎21 minutes ago‎
CAMBRIDGE – A Hurlock man faces multiple drug charges after he was arrested Wednesday, June 7, for allegedly being in possession of fentanyl-laced heroin, according to the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office. Brian D. Newcomb, 37, of 4942 Skinners …

‘It can put anybody anywhere’: From Harvard to heroin to recovery in Brentwood

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  – ‎13 hours ago‎
Today, one plays for the Cleveland Browns, while the other lives in Brentwood, where he’s trying to get things back together after a decade of addiction to pills and heroin. “I have no money, no assets, no job prospects and no career,” said Russell 

Almost $25K worth of heroin seized, 3 arrested

AL.com  – ‎45 minutes ago‎
Three men have been charged with drug trafficking in what Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin called one of the biggest heroin seizures in his jurisdiction over the last 30 years. The men are: 5. Gallery: heroin bust: June 12, 2017. Antonius Duane 

Est gets mistrial in Jackson County heroin-related homicide case

La Crosse Tribune  – ‎1 hour ago‎
Dr. Oaks thought the level of morphine (heroin) that was found in Pugh’s blood was well within the therapeutic levels that a doctor might prescribe in other countries and was less likely to have caused Pugh’s death.

Britain’s oldest heroin dealer caught with stash in his crutch

Metro  – ‎7 hours ago‎
Police said he had packets of heroin secreted inside the telescopic tubes of a metal crutch. Officers stopped Maycock in a Vauxhall Astra estate in Plymouth, Devon, at about 11am.

Woman pleads guilty to driving friends to Bay County to sell heroin, cocaine

MLive.com  – ‎1 hour ago‎
BAY CITY, MI — Despite initially hedging about her role in bringing heroin and cocaine into Bay County, a Flint woman did end up pleading guilty to a four-year felony.

A Dude at Bonnaroo Got Arrested for Selling Incense Disguised as Black Tar Heroin, Other Fake Drugs

SPIN  – ‎1 hour ago‎
Police apprehended Brady with 1,000 fake hits of acid, 20 bags of faux cocaine, 37 pills of bootleg molly, 22 bags of muggle mushrooms, and “an incense stick made to look like black tar heroin,” CNN and the Associated Press report. According to the 

How heroin moves from Mexico’s drug cartels to US street corners

Atlanta Journal Constitution  – ‎Jun 11, 2017‎
Gerardo Alfonso Vargas had traveled more than 2,000 miles to Dayton from Tijuana, Mexico, after ingesting 71 latex-covered heroin pellets worth as much as $100,000 or more. Had he been searched at the border, or any other point along the way, the 

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Another overdose reported possibly related to fake Percocets …

WXIA-TV  – ‎29 minutes ago‎
Another overdose has been reported that could be related to a cluster of fake Percocet that have already killed several people and put dozens into the hospital.

Drug Overdose Deaths in Mississippi Reach Record High …

U.S. News & World Report  – ‎9 hours ago‎
The Clarion-Ledger reported Sunday (http://on.thec-l.com/2s1raKk ) that the at least 211 deaths in 2016 were the most in Mississippi’s history.

RI group wants to make drug overdose boxes as common as defibrillators

The Boston Globe  – ‎34 minutes ago‎
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Defibrillator boxes have become commonplace in public places as a way to help people having a heart attack.

Racine County Sheriff’s Deputy saves life of overdose victim – TMJ4 …

WTMJ-TV (press release) (registration) (blog)  – ‎18 hours ago‎
A Racine County Sheriff’s Deputy is being credited with saving the life of an opioid overdose victim.

Prominent Pittsburgh graffiti artist dies of drug overdose

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  – ‎Jun 11, 2017‎
A Highland Park man who left his mark on Pittsburgh – both literally and figuratively – has died of a drug overdose. An attorney for graffiti artist Daniel Montano, 31, of Highland Park, confirmed Sunday that Mr. Montano died of a heroin overdose.

GBI probing another suspected overdose death in Macon

The Telegraph  – ‎5 hours ago‎
An autopsy is planned this week after a 34-year-old Macon man died of a suspected overdoseSunday. Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said Robert Ketchup was found unconscious Thursday at his mother’s home on George Street, off Ayers Road.

Drug Overdose Awareness Walk, Family & Friends of Lost Loved

MyStateline.com  – ‎18 hours ago‎
Addiction is a disease that has affected many, and claimed countless lives, including here in the Stateline. The 3rd Annual Drug Overdose Awareness Walk …

10000 RI students participated in state’s 2016-17 opioid overdoseprogram

The Westerly Sun  – ‎11 hours ago‎
“The devastation being left in the wake of the worsening epidemic of opioid and heroin addiction, and overdose deaths, is staggering to say the least,” Acting U.S.

Petersburg, Hopewell, Colonial Heights see overdose spike over …

Progress Index  – ‎16 hours ago‎
Law enforcement and emergency medical services responded to six drug overdoes in the Tri-Cities area over the Memorial Day holiday.

Overdose death in Long Neck McDonald’s

Dover Post  – ‎11 hours ago‎
The Delaware State Police are conducting a death investigation after an adult female was discovered deceased in the bathroom of a local McDonald’s.

Lawyer: Prolific Pittsburgh Graffiti Artist Dies of Overdose

U.S. News & World Report  – ‎1 hour ago‎
Lawyer: Prolific Pittsburgh Graffiti Artist Dies of Overdose. A Pittsburgh man known for graffiti art that earned him a 2 ½- to 5-year prison sentence for causing $700,000 damage has died of a heroin overdose. | June 12, 2017, at 11:21 a.m.. MORE.

Lawyers Negotiating Plea Agreement in Fatal Overdose Case

U.S. News & World Report  – ‎3 hours ago‎
Lawyers Negotiating Plea Agreement in Fatal Overdose Case. Lawyers are negotiating a plea agreement for a Vermont man charged with second-degree murder in connection with a man’s heroin overdose death. | June 12, 2017, at 9:29 a.m.. MORE.

Heroin/Opioid Task Force saddened by overdose deaths

Salamanca Press  – ‎3 hours ago‎
OLEAN – Nearly 60 members of the Cattaraugus County Heroin/Opioid task Force met Friday on the heels of three recent Olean area heroin overdose deaths. One guest at the meeting at Good Times of Olean, Assemblyman Joseph Giglio of Gowanda said …

State drug overdoses at record level

Oxford Eagle  – ‎1 hour ago‎
Opiates in multiple forms are a primary cause. The street drug heroin, an opiate, often makes the headlines but oxycodone and other pharmaceutical opiates have infiltrated our mainstream and the problem has become an epidemic. Mississippi Governor Phil …