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Old 05-06-2014, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Baltimore
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Heroin overdoses particularly in Northern and Southern Anne Arundel county have been sky rocketing due to the heroin trafficking in the city. Opinions on this issue?

Anne Arundel County police to carry overdose antidote Narcan | Maryland News - WBAL Home

Police chief: Heroin problem is 'all over Anne Arundel County' - CapitalGazette.com: For The Record

Anne Arundel County hits heroin use hard - WTOP.com
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:45 AM
 
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Business as usual! Heroin trafficking is very old news in Baltimore.
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Old 05-06-2014, 01:17 PM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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Not only Anne Arundel but Southern Maryland, too.

A story from where I grew up so it's not just here:

18 Charged in Jefferson County Drug Sting :: exploreClarion.com
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:03 PM
 
Location: NYC
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There has been plenty of heroin use in AA county for several decades. It's not like heroin was only consumed by people in Baltimore. Now folks don't have to go so far to get it.

Basically the story here is heroin is coming back, and everywhere. Folks of all stripes get addicted to pills, they become less effective and very expensive, and soon it just becomes way cheaper to feed the addiction with heroin.

I think opiate addiction is going to be one of the biggest issues of the next decade, and we have to start thinking BIG about getting people clean. We can't incarcerate everyone and it's very ineffective for this type of thing anyway.
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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There has been plenty of heroin use in AA county for several decades. It's not like heroin was only consumed by people in Baltimore. Now folks don't have to go so far to get it.

Basically the story here is heroin is coming back, and everywhere. Folks of all stripes get addicted to pills, they become less effective and very expensive, and soon it just becomes way cheaper to feed the addiction with heroin.

I think opiate addiction is going to be one of the biggest issues of the next decade, and we have to start thinking BIG about getting people clean. We can't incarcerate everyone and it's very ineffective for this type of thing anyway.
The situation reminds me of Prohibition. The illegal stuff was much more likely to kill, blind, and harm than the legal stuff. I am not "for" abuse of prescription meds, but man, it is a heck of a lot safer to know what you are getting and dose yourself appropriately than relying on street smack.
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Old 05-07-2014, 04:28 AM
 
Location: A blue island in the Piedmont
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The situation reminds me of Prohibition.
The illegal stuff was much more likely to kill, blind, and harm than the legal stuff.

I am not "for" abuse of prescription meds, but man, it is a heck of a lot safer
to know what you are getting and dose yourself appropriately than relying on street smack.
Heroin is easier to get, costs less and is supposed to be better too.

Re-legalize all natural state.
Re-medicalize the pharmaceuticals (and synthetics).

Addiction is a medical and social welfare issue.
Nothing is gained by anyone involved having criminality attached.
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:19 AM
 
Location: NYC
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The situation reminds me of Prohibition. The illegal stuff was much more likely to kill, blind, and harm than the legal stuff. I am not "for" abuse of prescription meds, but man, it is a heck of a lot safer to know what you are getting and dose yourself appropriately than relying on street smack.
It's all a matter of what one can afford.

Problem is, those scrips are expensive, and as each week passes that you are addicted, your body requires more and more just to function. Even if you can find a doctor to prescribe the amount your body physically needs to function, many cant afford it, especially those without prescription coverage.

So you've now sold all your stuff, drained your 401k etc, probably lost your job, doc won't prescribe you any more pills, and you've got $5. That'll won't get you more than one or two small-dose pain pill, but you can buy enough heroin for the day (at first).

This is the same old story, and it happens to all kinds of people.
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:26 AM
 
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I have an old friend whose wife of 20 years was injured on the job, had back surgery, has titanium screws & rods in her spine and grows scar tissue very quickly andpainfully around the site. She is fully disabled and on pain management - nothing will change this basic fact. With the govt cracking down on the abuse of pain pills, folks who legitimately need and use these are being persecuted as prescriptions are harder to get and much more expensive to fill. So govt's unintended consequences once again make a mess.
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:27 AM
 
Location: NYC
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So long as our govt is only interested in the bootstraps or jail approach, the above will continue

And if you're friends mom was poor she would be on heroin and the world would see her in a much different light
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:19 AM
 
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from personal experience i know that the rise of suburban heroin is from price and lack of avaibilty of pain pills. A perc 30 goes for 25-30$ and you have to know someone to get it, once you switch to dope you can just drive to any corner in south east or west baltimore and you can get a better high for 10$.
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