Heroin Bulletin 

Mother Warns Parents About Fentanyl Crisis

Mother, Sherri Kent sent a warning to parents across Canada after her son died from an overdose of fentanyl: you don’t need to be addicted to overdose on the drug. “My son was not an addict,” she wrote in a Facebook post on April 19. “He made a mistake that cost him his life.” Fentanyl is unlike other opioids in terms of sheer potency. By some estimates, the drug is up to 100 times more powerful than heroin, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. And it’s increasingly being…

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He saved 17 people who OD’d — but police want to jail him

Like most people who might be called heroes, Mark Baratta shies away from the label. A lean and purposeful man, Baratta has saved 17 people, each on separate occasions. He chalks it up, with a shrug of his shoulders, to keeping his head in the presence of death. “I’ve always been that sort of person who doesn’t panic,” he says. Under normal circumstances, you can imagine Baratta being honored at a civic ceremony. Instead, Toronto police want him jailed. The rub for Baratta is that he’s saving lives on the…

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Where is the Justice in Overdose Fatalities

  CHILLICOTHE – Billy Guysinger can’t bring himself to come home from working third shift at the paper mill at the same time anymore. Not since the December morning, his two cats failed to meet him at the door. The morning he peeked into his adult son’s room to find what he often feared he’d find. “The only thing I could say was, ‘Why, son,?’” Billy said. Chase Guysinger, a 28-year-old father of one, looked like he’d simply gone to sleep, likely not long after Billy had left for work the…

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Heroin Bulletin 

Parents, Ex-Users Share Heroin Horror Stories

One mother cried out for help. Her daughter, a heroin addict, has been in and out of treatment several times. And it has taken an emotional toll on the mother, who has done everything she can for her only child. “It’s like you are spinning and spinning and spinning on a merry-go-round that won’t stop,” the mother said about the devastation. Emergency room nurses explained how they’ve seen multiple overdoses and it’s changed them. Another mother said her third-grade daughter had recently been offered a “piece of candy” at school….

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Fentanyl Awareness 

DETECTIVES: HEROIN BEING SOLD IN UNIQUE PACKAGING ACTUALLY STRAIGHT FENTANYL

  Lancaster County law-enforcers are warning drug users to beware of heroin being sold in unique packaging because it is actually suspected straight fentanyl, a substance many times more lethal than heroin. The county Drug Task Force is also seeking information on individuals selling the suspected fentanyl, packaged in distinct purple-and-white checked bags. Heroin is most commonly sold here in blue bags. Detectives say they believe the potentially deadly substance is being distributed throughout Lancaster County and possibly beyond. “We are not mincing words here: These particular bags can and…

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Painkillers to Heroin, New Film Shows It Can ‘Happen to Anybody”

The struggling heroin addicts whose tragic stories drive a harrowing new documentary about America’s opioid crisis turned to the needle after the damage was done by prescription painkillers. Only one of them is still alive when the credits close on “Warning: This Drug May Kill You,” a searing study of the plague directed by longtime New York newswoman Perri Peltz But in the final frames, the fate of a young survivor named Stephany Gay is anything but certain as she quits a program designed to wean her off the drugs…

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Heroin Bulletin 

Doctor Addresses Addictions With Old Idea

By Dan Walton Dr. Peter Entwistle hopes to change the economics of severe drug addiction. “As much as we disapprove of people drinking and doing drugs, we’re just pushing them towards the criminals (through prohibition),” he said. Instead of putting more resources into the war on drugs, Dr. Entwistle believes the government should take a radically different approach: undercut criminal drug networks by prescribing free illicit drugs including heroin. Given that many Canadians have to pay for their medicinal prescriptions, he understands that his proposal to give heavy recreational drugs…

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Heroin Bulletin 

The Opioid Crisis Startling Age Divide.

Young Americans are overdosing on heroin while older ones continue to overdose on prescription painkillers. The opioid epidemic in the US can sometimes seem like a giant game of whack-a-mole for health officials — look away and the epidemic shifts. More people still overdose on prescription painkillers than any other opioid, but heroin and other illicit opioids like fentanyl are now fueling a separate, and perhaps even deadlier, drug epidemic. And it turns out there are now big differences between age groups when it comes to opioid overdoses. Jay Unick,…

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Heroin Bulletin 

How to Fight Heroin Overdoses

Interview: How to Fight Heroin Overdoses Naloxone Reverses Overdose, Gives People a Second Chance An epidemic of opioid-related overdoses has swept across United States and is intensifying. In 2015, more than 33,000 people died of overdose involving opioids, a 15 percent increase from the year before. A key to stopping these needless deaths is naloxone, a drug that is safe, cheap to make, and reverses overdoses. Senior Researcher Megan McLemore talks with Amy Braunschweiger about this life-saving drug and what we need to do to make sure anyone can affordably…

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Distributing Heroin Is Part of Missouri Man’s Religious Beliefs

  More than half million people have died between 2000 and 2015 from opioids. Today, opioid deaths are considered an epidemic. To understand the struggle individuals undergo once addicted to these drugs, we take a closer look at what happens to your body on opioids. Meta Viers and Patrick Gleason McClatchy APRIL 27, 2017 1:10 PM Distributing heroin part of Missouri man’s religious beliefs, he claims in appeal BY TONY RIZZO A federal appeals court has denied a convicted heroin dealer’s claim that his prosecution violated his right of religious…

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