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US WA: Heroin: Use Impacts More Than Just The User

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:00
Snohomish County Tribune, 27 Aug 2014 - Heroin, The Local Scourge, Leaves Families Reeling With Pain SNOHOMISH -- People in the room shifted uncomfortably as the mothers of heroin addicts poured out tears and stories at a recent public forum.
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US PA: OPED: Growing Heroin, Opioid Epidemic Demands Action

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:00
The News-Item, 26 Aug 2014 - Over the past five years, nearly 3,000 heroin-related overdose deaths have been identified in Pennsylvania. Overdose deaths in our state have increased by an astounding 570 percent, rising from 2.7 to 15.4 per thousand over the last two decades. Nationally, more people aged 25 to 64 are dying from heroin overdoses than in vehicle crashes.
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US MD: National Geographic Shows Baltimore As 'Heroin Capital

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 25 Aug 2014 - If you thought 'The Wire' made Baltimore look bleak... Drug sales in broad daylight at Lexington Market. An addict telling viewers Baltimore "is where you want to be for heroin," and then letting the camera watch her cook and shoot up in her car on a street that appears to be in Hampden after she scores.
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US NY: Heroin's Pain: Epidemic's Scourge Reflected In Loved

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:00
The Observer-Dispatch, 24 Aug 2014 - Owen Kemp's family celebrated his 20th birthday Jan. 12 with everything - Chinese takeout, fireworks, singing and cake. Everything - - except Owen Kemp. The boy who once made goofy faces for the camera, sang "You Are My Sunshine" over and over, loved fishing with his dad and baked apple crisp for his grandparents died of a heroin overdose in November while staying with his grandparents in North Utica.
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US WI: Meth Use Climbs As Price Of Heroin Skyrockets

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:00
La Crosse Tribune, 24 Aug 2014 - Methamphetamine use is climbing as desperate heroin addicts search for a cheaper way to get high and avoid a fatal overdose. "Meth has never gone away," said Tom Johnson, who heads a regional drug task force. "We just never gave it enough credit."
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US MA: OPED: End the Prohibition of Heroin

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 24 Aug 2014 - A Cop's Experience Tells Him the Drug War Is Doing More Harm Than Good FOR 14 of the 26 years I served with the New Jersey State Police, I worked undercover narcotics. On the job, I saw first-hand the addictive power of opiates. Yet I also came to understand that the destruction of whole communities did not primarily result from the use or misuse of those drugs. No, the damage came from people - cops - - doing what I did: dragging buyers and sellers away from their families and slamming them into the criminal justice system, depriving both them and their neighborhoods of all hope. I witnessed people we disparagingly called "junkies" dying with needles in their arms not because heroin is a poison but because the heroin was poisoned. I did more harm than good, and the harder my colleagues and I tried, the more damage we did.
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US NY: OPED: Senator Targets Heroin Abuse And Addiction

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:00
The Record, 22 Aug 2014 - Heroin is an incredibly dangerous, highly addictive drug that has ruined - and claimed - countless lives. As deputy commissioner of the county's Department of Mental Health and a New York state credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor I have seen first-hand the devastating effects of this drug on families throughout our area. This is a crisis that seems only to be growing - a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services survey found that 467,000 Americans were addicted to heroin, a figure that has doubled over a decade. Our communities are not immune to this growing crisis and real solutions are needed now more than ever.
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CN BC: Group Of Vancouver Addicts Will Receive Heroin By

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 22 Aug 2014 - Health Ministry 'Disappointed' With B.C. Supreme Court Decision on Prescribing Drug A group of Vancouver drug addicts is slated to become Canada's first recipients of legally prescribed heroin by Christmas.
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US NY: Counties Await Anti-Heroin-OD Kits

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
Webster Post, 19 Aug 2014 - Canandaigua, N.Y. CANANDAIGUA - The Ontario County Board of Supervisors' Public Safety Committee has voted to accept funds for training and equipping deputies with Naloxone, an antidote to overdoses from heroin and other opiates.
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UK: Legal Highs 'Deadlier Than Heroin'

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 07:00
Shropshire Star, 17 Aug 2014 - Deaths linked to legal highs could surpass those related to heroin use within just two years, a new report by a think-tank will say. A think-tank says there could soon be more deaths from legal highs than from heroin use The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) is to release a report this week calling for more to be done to combat the drugs, known as New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), while also calling for a "treatment tax" on alcohol.
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US OH: Increased Use Of Heroin Antidote Costing Cities

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 07:00
Journal-News, 17 Aug 2014 - One way to gauge the depth of the heroin problem in the area is the increase in the use of Naloxone by local fire departments. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose, and the Hamilton and Middletown fire departments are reporting an increased use of the drug at an increased cost to cities, officials said.
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CN ON: Race On To Get Lethal Heroin Off The Streets

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 15 Aug 2014 - City officials looking for samples, while handing out free emergency antidote kits to avoid more deaths Hamilton police say they've not yet seized samples of a lethal grade of heroin being sold across the city.
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US IL: Heroin Crisis On The Horizon For Region

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:00
Southern Illinoisan, 09 Aug 2014 - MOUNT VERNON -- An old drug is making a deadly comeback. First synthesized in 1874 and a drug of choice in the 1970s, heroin use is once again increasing around the nation and law enforcement and drug treatment counselors claim it could reach epidemic proportions in Southern Illinois.
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US MA: Outer Cape Police Unite To Combat Rising Heroin Problem

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:00
Provincetown Banner, 08 Aug 2014 - PROVINCETOWN - When Eastham police arrested two Provincetown residents for the possession and distribution of heroin last week, it was perhaps the clearest sign yet that local police efforts are ramping up in response to the spread of heroin on the Outer Cape. For more than two years, the police departments of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet and Eastham have been working together - sharing leads, resources and tips - to rein in the increasingly common drug that has taken hold on an unprecedented level in the four neighboring communities.
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US MA: Those Concerned Loved Ones May Overdose on Heroin Urged

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
The Republican, 07 Aug 2014 - GREENFIELD - Those who are concerned that loved ones may be at risk for heroin overdose are urged to attend a free community Narcan training at the RECOVER Project on Federal Street Monday afternoon. Participants will receive training and a dose of the nasal spray version of the drug that can save lives by reversing the effects of a heroin overdose.
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CN BC: New Heroin Therapy Ineffective, Causes Relapse: Drug User

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 07 Aug 2014 - The province's health minister says the effectiveness, or lack thereof, of a new heroin treatment regime must be evaluated before he'll get involved. Terry Lake's comments follow an open letter sent Tuesday by the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) to government and health officials claiming that the switch from methadone to Methadose in February has had "alarming side effects" on up to a quarter of patients in the Methadone Maintenance Program.
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US MA: Andrews A Lone Vote Against Tougher Heroin Sentences

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:00
The Recorder, 06 Aug 2014 - While many criticize her position, she says law punishes users ORANGE -- North Quabbin legislator Denise Andrews has come under fire for being the only member of the House of Representatives to vote against toughening penalties for heroin trafficking.
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US NH: New Drug Task Force Surprised By Amount Of Heroin On Streets

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:00
Foster's Daily Democrat, 05 Aug 2014 - DOVER - Members of a new countywide drug task force say the amount of heroin they are seeing on the streets is surprising, even to experienced law enforcement officials. "The volume of heroin we are seeing is at the level of marijuana we dealt with 15 years ago," Sgt. Brandon Drysdale, the task force's commander, recently reported to the Chiefs of Police of Strafford County. Drysdale said Monday that when he started as a police officer in Somersworth 17 years ago, marijuana was the most commonly seen drug for law enforcement officials. Today, heroin, which is cheaper and easy to obtain, has become the drug of choice for many area residents.
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US OH: Phila Judge: Jail Not Best Solution For Heroin Addiction

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:00
Times-Reporter, 05 Aug 2014 - Municipal Judge Nanette DeGarmo Von Allman has come to the conclusion that putting heroin abusers behind bars is not always the best solution - for the individual or society. Seated behind her desk, Judge Nanette DeGarmo Von Allman pointed to the various motivational photos and phrases that keep her grounded day after day, week after week. Those mementos help her as she meets with people who seem to be on a path of self-destruction - taking loved ones and strangers with them as they go.
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US WI: Medical Examiner Warns Of Surge In Fatal Heroin

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:00
Kenosha News, 05 Aug 2014 - Three More Suspected Overdoses Locally Last Weekend Three people died of suspected heroin overdoses within 72 hours last weekend. According to Kenosha County Medical Examiner Patrice Hall, two men and one woman died of suspected heroin overdoses. The causes of the deaths still need to be confirmed by toxicology, she said.
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