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Mexico: 40 Times Stronger Than Heroin, Fentanyl Enriches Drug

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 10 Jun 2016 - MEXICO CITY - The drug that killed Prince has become a favorite of Mexican cartels because it is extremely potent, popular in the United States - and immensely profitable, American officials say. Law enforcement and border authorities in the United States warn that Mexican cartels are using their own labs to produce the drug, fentanyl, as well as receiving shipments from China. Then the cartels distribute the substance through their vast smuggling networks to meet rising American demand for opiates and pharmaceuticals.
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US IL: Series: Heroin: It's Cheap. It's Pure. It's Everywhere.

Sun, 06/05/2016 - 07:00
Herald & Review, 05 Jun 2016 - Editor's note: This is day one of a four-day series that examines the impact heroin is having on the community through the eyes of the addicts, their families, law enforcement and the groups that provide treatment. DECATUR Eric Buntain described the feeling of injecting heroin into his vein as "warm, euphoric, comfortable and relaxing: It feels great."
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US PA: Docs: A More Harrowing Heroin Junking Up Streets

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 07:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 24 May 2016 - ANITA GUPTA first suspected that the Philadelphia heroin trade could be taking a deadlier turn months ago, when she saw overdose patients at Hahnemann University Hospital who didn't respond as they should have to the antidote drug emergency workers gave them. "The symptoms were worse than we were used to seeing," said Gupta, an anesthesiologist, pharmacist and pain specialist at Drexel University College of Medicine. "We were getting patients with symptoms of near-death, and often required multiple doses of the antidote naloxone."
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CN BC: Fentanyl Eclipsing Heroin In Vancouver

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 23 May 2016 - Number of Overdoses Rising As Cheaper Drug Gains Popularity, Experts Say VANCOUVER- For Hugh Lampkin, fentanyl's surge to all but replace heroin on the Vancouver drug scene calls to mind a curious image: a rainbow.
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US CA: Column: Kids, Cartels, And Heroin

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 19 May 2016 - Just after noon on May 3, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom stood in front of a well-dressed crowd at the Commonwealth Club - an "unusual coalition" of Republicans, doctors, environmentalists, and former cops, as one member put it - talking at length about marijuana. Specifically, the still-magnetic former San Francisco mayor and likely frontrunner for governor in 2018 railed about how much he hates the stuff.
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US IL: Heroin Deaths: Tragedy or Murder?

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 15 May 2016 - Authorities Are Filing More Drug-Induced Homicide Charges, but Complex Cases Show It's Hard to Decide Whether Offenders Deserve Prison or Treatment When police and paramedics arrived at her aunt's apartment in Carol Stream, Adrianna Diana told them she and her friend Christopher Houdek had cooked and shot up heroin the night before.
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Canada: Health Canada Overturns Ban On Medical Heroin

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 14 May 2016 - Health Canada has moved to allow doctors to apply for special access to prescribe pharmaceutical-grade heroin to severe addicts, which would overturn a ban imposed by the previous Conservative government. The federal department said in a statement issued on Friday that a "significant body of evidence" supports the medical use of diacetylmorphine, also known as pharmaceutical-grade heroin.
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CN AB: Cleanup of 'Heroin Island' Imminent: Councillor

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 11 May 2016 - The city and province appear to have gotten the point about the needle-littered expanse dubbed "heroin island." Three weeks after Calgary mom Jasmine Van Dyk raised the alarm about a trove of used needles and trash strewn over a small island on the Bow River in the northwest neighbourhood of Montgomery, the area councillor says efforts are underway to clean up the potentially dangerous mess.
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US OH: Dealing With Heroin

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:00
Morning Journal, 10 May 2016 - Detective Discusses Epidemic During Senior Coffee Hour Waging a war on drugs in Lorain County hasn't been an easy task and there's still plenty of work to be done, according to Detective Gregg Mehling with the Lorain County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force.
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US: Supervised Safe Havens For Heroin Use Get Serious Look

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:00
Oneida Daily Dispatch, 10 May 2016 - Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed. An alarming 47,000 American overdose deaths in 2014 - 60 percent from heroin and related painkillers like fentanyl - has pushed elected leaders from coast to coast to consider what was once unthinkable: government-sanctioned sites where users can shoot up under the supervision of a doctor or nurse who can administer an antidote if necessary.
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US: Sanctioned Heroin Sites Considered

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 09 May 2016 - Users Could Get Quick Overdose Treatments Across the United States, heroin and other drug users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.
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US: Idea of State-Run 'Safe Houses' For Heroin Users Gaining

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 09 May 2016 - Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed. An alarming 47,000 American overdose deaths in 2014 - 60 percent from heroin and related painkillers like fentanyl - has pushed elected leaders from coast to coast to consider what was once unthinkable: government-sanctioned sites where users can shoot up under the supervision of a doctor or nurse who can administer an antidote if necessary.
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US: Heroin Shoot-Up Rooms Proposed

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Commercial Appeal, 09 May 2016 - Federal Law Prohibits Sites That Would Give Supervision, Antidote Across the United States, users of heroin and other drugs have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.
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US: Heroin Havens

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
The Citizens' Voice, 09 May 2016 - Once Unthinkable in US, Drug Shoot-Up Rooms Get Serious Look Across the United States, heroin and other drug users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.
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US MA: Heroin, Prescription Opioids Form Especially Toxic Mix

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 02 May 2016 - The Massachusetts heroin epidemic is unlike any other in the United States. The overdose rate in the state is more than twice the national average. And deaths from prescription opioids like OxyContin are only slightly less harrowing. Unusual, too, is the degree to which these two scourges are feeding off each other. A substantial and spiking number of overdoses in Massachusetts involves both heroin and prescription drugs, something you rarely find elsewhere in the United States.
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