Heroin Bulletin 

Terms Used Inside the Opioid Epidemic

  Opiate: Drugs derived directly from the opium poppy, including morphine. Opioid: Typically refers to synthetic or partially synthetic drugs designed to imitate the effects of opiates, including painkillers such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, and fentanyl. Opioids and opiates act on opioid receptors in the brain. They can affect parts of the brain that control emotion and pain perception, and can produce euphoria, or a “high.” Long-term use can alter brain functioning. Heroin: An opioid drug derived from morphine. It can be injected, snorted or smoked. Fentanyl: A potent synthetic opioid…

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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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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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Police scramble to find cause of rash of heroin overdoses Heroin Bulletin 

Police scramble to find cause of rash of heroin overdoses

A young woman was unresponsive and needed immediate medical attention in the blue-collar neighborhood mixed with apartments and homes. Soon after, another 911 call came from The Elms Apartments in Ogletown. Then Richardson Park near Elsmere. Finally, Pike Creek. In just over five hours, four people were dead in homes throughout New Castle County, and all indications point to heroin , said Officer First Class JP Piser, a spokesman with the county police department. Three women, ages 23, 26 and 59, were pronounced dead, along with a 63-year-old man, Piser…

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Ohio pilot, wife found dead in apparent fentanyl overdose, police say Fentanyl Awareness 

Ohio pilot, wife found dead in apparent fentanyl overdose, police say

Brian and Courtney Hayle were found dead on March 16, 2017 of apparent fentanyl overdoses. WHIO CENTERVILLE, Ohio — Family members say a woman found dead along with her airline pilot husband from apparent fentanyl overdoses had long batted drug problems. Police say the children of 36-year-old Brian Halye and 34-year-old Courtney Halye found their bodies at their home in Centerville near Dayton. They were discovered by their four children, who called 911, CBS affiliate WHIO reports . Brian Halye was a pilot for Spirit Airlines. In January of 2016,…

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US drug diplomat hails UN plans for control of fentanyl

The diplomat heading U.S. efforts to combat drug trafficking internationally is hailing a pending U.N. move to control substances used to make a deadly synthetic drug, but acknowledges it will not put an immediate dent in illegal trafficking. William Brownfield says the move to globally track the legal movement of fentanyl and substances used to make the drugs is an important step to reduce illegal use. But he told The Associated Press Tuesday that it is only one step in reducing dependency or addiction on the drug that may have…

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As opioid overdoses rise, police officers become counselors, doctors and social workers Heroin Bulletin 

As opioid overdoses rise, police officers become counselors, doctors and social workers

  Letter to the community on Holy Addiction Capt. Ron Meyers, left, and Deputy J. David Weber approach the apartment of an overdose victim from the previous week in Chillicothe, Ohio, on March 8. The Ross County Heroin Partnership Project collaborates with federal, state and local agencies in an effort to reduce heroin deaths. (Maddie McGarvey/For The Washington Post) The nation’s opioid epidemic is changing the way law enforcement does its job, with police officers acting as drug counselors and medical workers and shifting from law-and-order tactics to approaches more akin…

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Elephant Tranquilizers Are the New Heroin Fentanyl Awareness 

Elephant Tranquilizers Are the New Heroin

Drug addicts take regular gambles with their lives and each day they play a new game of Russian Roulette. It’s no secret that drug addicts put themselves in sketchy situations that no sane person would ever contemplate doing. Addicts “cop” dope from random people at run-down convenience stores, look for someone to give them the “eye” so they know they’re holding drugs and even buy legal “research chemicals” online, not really knowing what they’re getting other than the promise of getting high. Legally. When addicts buy drugs they are putting…

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Heroin, fentanyl miss East Mississippi Heroin Bulletin 

Heroin, fentanyl miss East Mississippi

Though the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both report increased heroin and fentanyl use in Mississippi, the drugs seem to have largely missed East Mississippi. Heroin has yet to become a serious problem in East Mississippi. “From what I can understand, talking to law enforcement (nearby), we have it around us,” Greg Lea, an East Mississippi Drug Task Force Major, said. “But we have not been getting any.” Abuse of heroin and its deadlier cousin, fentanyl, continues to spread across the country, with…

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Kokomo police officer accused of stealing fentanyl patches Fentanyl Awareness 

Kokomo police officer accused of stealing fentanyl patches

Joann’s Letter To the Community on Holy Addiction   An officer with the Kokomo Police Department faces theft charges after allegedly stealing part of a woman’s fentanyl prescription during a welfare check. Heath Evans has been charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or deceit, possession of a narcotic drug and theft, according to a news release from the Howard County Prosecutor’s Office. The charges are the result of an investigation that began in January after a woman reported a theft of her prescription fentanyl patches, according to court documents…

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