5/12/17 Today’s Heroin Herald and Overdose Observer

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Hepatitis C cases soar in US as officials point to heroinuse

Fox News  – ‎1 hour ago‎
Health officials are reporting a dramatic increase in the amount of new hepatitis C cases detected in the United States between 2010 and 2015, despite available treatments and high cure rates for the disease.

More than 10000 bags of heroin seized in Atlantic County drug sweep

NJ.com  – ‎19 hours ago‎
ATLANTIC COUNTY — In the past two weeks, police have arrested several people and seized more than 10,000 bags of heroin as part of a joint drug sweep to combat the increasing drug problem plaguing New Jersey’s streets, officials said in a statement.

Bloomberg calls Cincinnati a center of the heroin crisis

WCPO  – ‎2 hours ago‎
Bloomberg called us “a center of the crisis,” claiming that heroin has become “so profitable for the cartels that supply it that even cops admit the sporadic arrests they make have little effect.

AG Jeff Sessions vows war on heroin dealers

Washington Examiner  – ‎1 hour ago‎
Attorney General Jeff Sessions promised on Friday that the Department of Justice would step up efforts to fight heroin traffickers, in part by implementing a new policy aimed at “unhandcuffing” federal prosecutors.

“Operation Smackdown:” Investigators find 1230 bags of heroin in Connecticut man’s car

fox6now.com  – ‎18 hours ago‎
WATERBURY, Connecticut – Detectives in Connecticut took down a suspect in a drug investigation dubbed “Operation Smackdown” that they say had more than 1,000 bags of heroin! 34-year-old Jonathan Oakley Waterbury, Connecticut faces a number of …

Monmouth men convicted of heroin, crack distribution

Asbury Park Press  – ‎May 11, 2017‎
FREEHOLD BOROUGH – Two Monmouth County men were convicted on drug charges this week after police found them nearly three years ago in a hotel parking lot with hundreds of folds of heroin and several bags of crack cocaine, the county prosecutor …

Initiative proposed to ban heroin safe-injection sites in King County

The Seattle Times  – ‎May 11, 2017‎
In King County, overdose deaths tied to heroin nearly tripled from 49 in 2009 to 132 in 2015. Freed, a homebuilder, said public-consumption sites are not the appropriate response.

Police arrest Columbus man considered ‘large-scale’ heroin dealer in Bartholomew County

Fox 59  – ‎5 hours ago‎
COLUMBUS, Ind. – Officers arrested two people, including a man police consider a “large-scale heroin dealer,” following a traffic stop this week.

Head of ring that dealt heroin on reservations gets 25 years

Fox17  – ‎May 11, 2017‎
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The leader of a drug trafficking ring that brought heroin to Minnesota and North Dakota Indian reservations was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison.

7 Things We Learned About The Thriving American Heroin Industry

Consumerist  – ‎3 hours ago‎
The market for heroin is a robust one, and 2017 is shaping up to be the best year yet for the gangs and cartels who import and distribute the drug in the United States.

Three arrested during traffic stop after heroin, meth, pills found in car

WWSB ABC 7  – ‎2 hours ago‎
Jeremy Lorber, 23, of Sarasota was charged with possession of Heroin, possession of Hydromorphone, possession of Methamphetamine, possession of narcotic equipment and driving with a license suspended.

Family of woman who died from heroin withdrawal files suit against Kitsap Co.

seattlepi.com  – ‎16 hours ago‎
Kitsap County and a company that provides the county jail’s medical services are being sued by a father who says their inadequate care cost his daughter her life when she was withdrawing from heroin. The suit, filed on May 4, holds that Christina 

Woman wanted in heroin trafficking investigation

KOIN.com  – ‎13 hours ago‎
McCleskey was found with 22.5 grams of heroin, danabol steroids and what police said was a significant amount of cash and gold, according to the sheriff’s office.

Woman, Hagerstown man face heroin charges in Frederick

Herald-Mail Media  – ‎17 hours ago‎
FREDERICK – Frederick police officers were called to a Wawa gas station in the 1000 block of W. Patrick Street on Thursday after receiving reports that a man and woman were using heroin in a vehicle parked at the gas pumps. Joseph Dennis Marshall 35, …

Columbus drug investigation leads to heroin, meth, cocaine

NBC4i.com  – ‎14 hours ago‎
COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A six-week long investigation by Columbus police resulted in heroin, meth, cocaine and at least $100,000 in cash being off of Central Ohio streets.

Cape overdose deaths continue to climb

Cape Cod Times (subscription)  – ‎5 hours ago‎
Newly released state Department of Public Health data shows that the Cape continued to have the third highest opioid overdose rate in the state in 2016. Barnstable County ranked third in 2015, fourth in 2014 and second in overdosedeaths among the 

Pharmacies offer anti-opioid overdose drug without prescription

Lincoln Journal Star  – ‎5 hours ago‎
Sold under the brand names Narcan and Evzio, naloxone will be available at Hy-Vee pharmacies as a nasal spray or injection. Pharmacists will also ensure that patients and their family members understand how to recognize signs of an opioid overdose and …

Several Charges Dropped Against Women in Overdose Case

U.S. News & World Report  – ‎22 hours ago‎
The Centre Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/2pB6tT3 ) that 24-year-old Sabine Graham, of State College, and 21-year-old Maria Gilligan, of Bellefonte, attended preliminary hearings Wednesday.

Milwaukee County made it 6 days without a fatal drug overdose

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  – ‎19 hours ago‎
Milwaukee County went six days without a fatal drug overdose – the first time that’s happened in six months. The deaths, investigated and tracked by the Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office, are the most commonly cited statistic of the immense 

3 people found dead in Vista apartment; overdose suspected

The San Diego Union-Tribune  – ‎19 hours ago‎
Deputies entered the apartment, roughly a block east of the Vista Library, and found three people deceased. The Medical Examiner’s office was called to the scene, Rylaarsdam said.

Drug dealer gets 5 years in prison after mother’s overdose death

New York Daily News  – ‎14 hours ago‎
A cocaine dealer who along with his HBO producer pal left a Long Island mother of three to die after an overdose received a five-year prison sentence on Thursday, officials said.

Overdoses, narcan and deaths

The Harlan Daily Enterprise  – ‎29 minutes ago‎
I read two print newspapers each day in addition to reading online news and watching television news. The information about arrests and deaths from drug overdoses – prescription and street drugs – comes especially close to home as I recently read 

Synthetic drug potentially too powerful for overdose reversal

WSPA.com  – ‎15 hours ago‎
GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – A powerful drug has made its way to the Upstate, and a popular remedy could not be as effective in treating potential overdoses. The synthetic drug U-47700 or “pink” became more widely known in the Upstate after two people …

Opioid overdoses overwhelm the nation’s morgues

Marketplace.org  – ‎18 hours ago‎
Tania Madfes died a week later, but it would take six months more before David would receive a death certificate listing cause of death.

New invention allows Good Samaritans to administer Narcan to overdose victims

Wicked Local Cambridge  – ‎3 hours ago‎
If given the right tools, would you save an overdose victim’s life? That’s the question Cambridge Police and researchers wanted answered when they performed a recent field study in Central Square, asking passersby to administer Narcan – a drug that …

House Rejects Bill to Charge Overdose Victims for Narcan

Maine Public  – ‎20 hours ago‎
Paul LePage, that would allow cities and towns to bill individuals for the cost of using Narcan and similar drugs to revive them during a drug overdose. The preliminary vote was 81-67. Local police and other first responders would be allowed to bill 

Recovering heroin addict from Naperville tells story of son’s overdose

Northwest Herald  – ‎13 hours ago‎
No one younger than 18 has died of an opioid overdose in Hancock County, but she fears it might already be out of control. “Our eyes were opened through our kids today,” Bair said.

Fishermen Push For Overdose Reversal Drug Narcan On Boats

Here And Now  – ‎2 hours ago‎
The not-for-profit health advocacy group The Fishing Partnership is training fishing captains to use the overdose reversal drug naloxone, also known as Narcan.

Edmonton police charge mom after 11-day-old baby girl dies from meth overdose

The Globe and Mail  – ‎5 hours ago‎
A 31-year-old Edmonton woman has been charged with second-degree murder after her 11-day-old daughter died from an methamphetamine overdose. Michelle Rice was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree murder. Police spokesman Scott …

Hy-Vee Now Selling Lifesaving Opioid Overdose Drug Narcan, No Prescription Needed

whotv.com  – ‎14 hours ago‎
DES MOINES, Iowa — Paramedics fear that the opioid crisis in Iowa is far from over, but now one of Iowa’s most well-known companies is offering a product which can bring overdose victims back from the brink. In 2016 Iowa started allowing pharmacies to 

Heroin epidemic reaches all corners of Sussex

Milford Beacon  – ‎May 11, 2017‎
America’s heroin epidemic took hold and has yet to let up. No corner of the country has been spared, including Delaware, conveniently located just a short drive from multiple major cities and major drug traffickers.