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

Today’s Highlights

Russians to Gas People with Opiates

Death in Rest Stops and Visitor Centers

New Test for Fentanyl in your Heroin

Overdoses and Drug Busts All around the Country

An Experiment Helps Heroin Users Test Their Street Drugs For Fentanyl

NPR  – ‎17 hours ago‎
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is “similar to morphine but can be 50 to 100 times more potent,” according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Pet Rat In Vancouver Overdoses On Heroin, Saved By Narcan

NPR  – ‎18 hours ago‎
Volunteers at an overdose prevention site in Vancouver, Canada, say they saved the life of a rat named Snuggles after the little rodent overdosed on heroin. Sarah Blyth, who co-founded the organization behind the prevention site, wrote about the rescue 

Anchorage is seeing a dramatic surge in heroin overdoses

Alaska Dispatch News  – ‎11 hours ago‎
AFD’s numbers reflect how many times the anti-overdose medication has been used to halt a heroin overdose. But they do not show how many people have died of heroin overdoses in Anchorage in recent weeks, or whether the surge extends to other parts of …

Riding along with first responders as they treat heroin overdoses

fox2now.com  – ‎9 hours ago‎
Firefighters describe the affects of a heroin overdose as having one foot in the grave. If not for the firefighters arriving with Narcan, these individuals would die.

Man gets 20 years in Point heroin conspiracy

Wisconsin Rapids Tribune  – ‎16 hours ago‎
MADISON – The leader of a conspiracy that distributed up to six pounds of heroin in the Stevens Point area was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 20 years in prison, a punishment his own attorney supported.

The US and Mexico may be teaming up to fight heroin, but the enemy is tougher than it appears

Business Insider  – ‎15 hours ago‎
At the beginning of April, the Mexican army took US military officials, UN personnel, and officials from the US embassy on a tour of a half-dozen sites in the Golden Triangle – the heart of Mexico’s heroin country – to witness the destruction of 

Seattle debates safe consumption sites as heroin epidemic plagues nation

KING5.com  – ‎10 hours ago‎
A special task force taking on heroin and opiate addiction had recommended creating at least two Community Health Engagement Locations (CHELs), where people who use drugs can use safely and under supervision.

6 arrested on heroin charges in first of week of May: police

NJ.com  – ‎6 hours ago‎
Six men were arrested and charged with heroin possession in Bayonne during the first week of this month, authorities said. Two Bayonne residents ages 31 and 32, along with a 52-year-old Jersey City resident, were arrested April 30 in the area of West 

Teleforum talks proactive measures against heroin

MyWebTimes.com  – ‎10 hours ago‎
After trying heroin, he developed a physical addiction, needing to keep using it to prevent withdrawals. He would drive to Chicago to get heroin after work. Dr. Bruni, like Tomsha, offered a proactive message. She said young people start using heroin 

Three arrested in large heroin bust on Northway

Glens Falls Post-Star  – ‎17 hours ago‎
Police determined the trio were on their way from New York City to the Burlington, Vermont area with heroin, and two of the three were charged with felony counts for possessing the drug with intent to distribute it, authorities said.

A legal drug 50 times stronger than heroin is contaminating street drugs more than ever

Business Insider  – ‎1 hour ago‎
fentanyl heroin Bags of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, are displayed before a press conference regarding a major drug bust, at the office of the New York Attorney General, September 23, 2016 in New York City.

Clear Spring man gets 18 months in heroin-overdose case

Herald-Mail Media  – ‎13 hours ago‎
A Clear Spring man charged with selling heroin to a woman who overdosed in a Hagerstown convenience-store restroom last year was sentenced to 18 months in jail after pleading guilty Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to two heroin-related …

Murder Trial Begins For Woman Accused Of Selling Fatally Potent Heroin

CBS Minnesota / WCCO  – ‎14 hours ago‎
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It’s considered a first of its kind case in the state: a woman charged with killing five men with her fentanyl-laced heroin. Beverly Burrell went on trial for two of those deaths Tuesday. One family told a judge they were certain 

North Carolina drug bust yields 78 bricks of heroin, cocaine and guns

WAVY-TV  – ‎14 hours ago‎
NORTHAMPTON, N.C. (WAVY) – The Northampton County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Office announced a major drug bust in the war against heroin Tuesday afternoon. Northampton County Sheriff Jack Smith said the bust was the result of a 10 month …

Orange County inmate pleads guilty to sneaking heroin into CVRJ

The Daily Progress  – ‎14 hours ago‎
“Unbeknownst to deputies” of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Huber continued, Colbert had been able to conceal 2 grams of heroin in his rectum prior to his sentencing hearing and successfully transported the heroin from the courthouse to the jail.

Spike in state heroin use leads to multi-agency partnership

Rio Blanco Herald Times  – ‎21 hours ago‎
“Law enforcement has seen significant increases in incidents of heroin seizures and arrests across the state,” said Tom Gorman, director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area and co-chair of the multi-agency work group.

Heroin found at London Heathrow on plane from Pakistan

BBC News  – ‎20 hours ago‎
Police in the UK say a “quantity of heroin” has been found on board a plane that flew to London from Pakistan. No-one is under arrest following the discovery on Monday, but the aeroplane was impounded on arrival at Heathrow Airport so it could be 

It’s easier than ever to die of a caffeine overdose

Popular Science  – ‎20 hours ago‎
If you still have trouble wrapping your head around the idea of overdosing on caffeine, just take a look at some of the products now available for purchase: Redline Xtreme is an energy drink that promises to “improve reaction time” and “increase 

A cop accidentally overdosed after touching drugs during a traffic stop

VICE News  – ‎21 hours ago‎
A police officer in a town plagued by the opioid crisis is back on the job Tuesday after nearly dying from a drug overdose during a routine traffic stop.

Anchorage is seeing a dramatic surge in heroin overdoses

Alaska Dispatch News  – ‎11 hours ago‎
AFD’s numbers reflect how many times the anti-overdose medication has been used to halt a heroin overdose. But they do not show how many people have died of heroin overdoses in Anchorage in recent weeks, or whether the surge extends to other parts of …

Police save lives with drug meant to save officers from accidental overdose

WSAV-TV  – ‎13 hours ago‎
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – There is an overdose danger from drugs so powerful, touching a few granules can prove lethal. The new generation of synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanyl pose the a new hazard for police and other first responders.

overdose deaths since Saturday in Erie Co.

WGRZ-TV  – ‎May 15, 2017‎
The eight weekend deaths, which still must be confirmed with toxicology from lab testing, could bring the 2017 total to 40 confirmed.

9-year-old boy dies of cocaine overdose

AOL  – ‎12 hours ago‎
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WJW) – When Marcus Lee, Jr. died the day after Christmas, his father was told his son had a seizure. Now Marcus Lee, Sr.

Woman given six years in overdose death

The Columbus Dispatch  – ‎19 hours ago‎
A South Side woman was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison for supplying the drugs that caused one death and one near-fatal overdose last year. Paris L. Hatton, 31, who used to live in the 1100 block of Lilley Avenue, pleaded guilty to one count 

‘After the Overdose‘ explores those who are addicted, need help

WJAC Johnstown  – ‎15 hours ago‎
Alliance has a phone line set up, and they want the hospital to have people call it after overdoses, or have counselors or recovery specialists come in for every overdose, even on nights and weekends. For now, though, Conemaugh doesn’t do either of 

Mom of overdose victim points to alleged drug dealer in court

Minnesota Public Radio News  – ‎12 hours ago‎
Luke Ronnei returned from a trip to Australia on Jan. 6, 2016, just in time for his dad’s birthday. His family planned a double celebration.

Indiana ERs see opioid overdose visits increase by nearly 60 percent in 5-year period

Indianapolis Star  – ‎May 16, 2017‎
Emergency room visits for non-fatal drug overdoses in Indiana increased by nearly 60 percent in a recent five-year period, during which time deadly overdoses rose by an average 3.5 percent each year, according to a report from the Indiana State 

Recent overdose incidents prompt warnings about risks of opioids

The Hub at Johns Hopkins  – ‎18 hours ago‎
On May 7, four Johns Hopkins University undergraduate students were hospitalized and treated for apparent opioid overdoses, a serious incident that highlighted the dangers of drug use, particularly at a time when opioid overdoses are becoming more …

Boynton Police: 25 overdoses, including two deaths, over weekend

Palm Beach Post  – ‎May 16, 2017‎
A main reason why the survival rate among overdoses is good is because of the heroin overdoseantidote. Boynton Beach Fire Rescue workers carry nalaxone, an antidote that is more known as Narcan.

Overdose rate spiking in Dauphin County, with more than a dozen deaths per month

PennLive.com  – ‎16 hours ago‎
Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick said Tuesday that if overdoses continue at the present rate, the county will record 153 overdoses in 2017 — far more than last year, when there were 90 overdoses. Striving to vividly convey the human toll, Hetrick 

Clear Spring man gets 18 months in heroin-overdose case

Herald-Mail Media  – ‎13 hours ago‎
A Clear Spring man charged with selling heroin to a woman who overdosed in a Hagerstown convenience-store restroom last year was sentenced to 18 months in jail after pleading guilty Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to two heroin-related …

LePage Wants Death Penalty For Overdose Drug Dealers

WABI  – ‎16 hours ago‎
Governor LePage repeated his desire to implement the death penalty for drug dealers in Maine. Calling in from a meeting of the Republican Governor’s Association in Miami the Governor made his weekly appearance on WVOM radio.

One dead in possible overdose in north Fargo

WDAY  – ‎13 hours ago‎
A resident of the apartment complex said police were there less than a month ago on an overdosecall. Donnie Kirkland, 29, said he’s called police on several occasions, concerned about the activity and people frequenting the one-bedroom efficiency …

Coroner: Man found dead of apparent heroin overdose at Columbus visitor center

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer  – ‎20 hours ago‎
A 29-year-old man was found dead of an apparent heroin overdose outside of the Georgia Visitor Information Center, Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said.

House of Correction inmate died of carfentanil opioid overdose

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  – ‎May 15, 2017‎
An overdose of carfentanil, a large-animal tranquilizer 10,000 times more potent than morphine, caused the April 30 death of a 52-year-old male inmate at the Milwaukee County House of Correction, the medical examiner’s office said Monday.

Addiction, opiates kill, panel members say

Greenville Daily Reflector  – ‎8 hours ago‎
The somber looks on the women’s faces told the story; their teenage or adult children are struggling with an addiction to heroin or opiates and they don’t know what to do. The mothers and others gathered Tuesday night at Jarvis Memorial United 

Russian SpecOps Used To Gas People With The Same Drug Americans Can’t Stop Shooting Into Their Veins

The Daily Caller  – ‎16 hours ago‎
The powerful ingredient driving heroin deaths in the U.S. was once used as a chemical weapon by Russian special forces in an operation that killed more than 120 civilians in 2002.

Opiate use study in hospitalized seniors with nonsurgical conditions shows negative outcomes

Medical Xpress  – ‎7 hours ago‎
In one of the first studies of its kind, nearly one-third of 10,000 older adults were prescribed opiate pain medications such as morphine, Percocet and OxyContin while hospitalized for non-surgical conditions, a course of care significantly linked to 

Can’t Hardly Wait Star Ethan Embry Reveals Past Battle with Heroin and Pill Addiction

PEOPLE.com  – ‎May 15, 2017‎
Opiate OD is the leading cause of preventable death in America at 50k last year alone. It’s a health [crisis] not a criminal one Mr Sessions,” the 38-year-old actor tweeted Friday.

Minneapolis Man Sentenced for 3 Fargo-Area Heroin Overdoses

U.S. News & World Report  – ‎14 hours ago‎
Minneapolis Man Sentenced for 3 Fargo-Area Heroin Overdoses. A Minneapolis man accused of selling herointhat led to three overdoses in the Fargo area has been sentenced to more than 18 years in federal prison.