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Old 03-08-2014, 12:16 PM
 
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If you've been paying attention to the news lately, there has been an alarming increase in drug use/drug related deaths in Delaware County. And I'm not just talking about Chester or Upper Darby. I was wondering what you guys think about this. It's been mentioned that doctors are very lax about prescribing extremely strong painkillers which can lead to an opiate addiction. But, other than that, does anyone have any idea why this "heroin epidemic" is striking Delaware County so harshly?
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Old 03-08-2014, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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Cause Philadelphia is one of the major hub for heroin. Kids starts with pescription drugs in the suburb and then find their ways into heroin. It's not just Delaware county. It's happening in the surburb in SJ.

Education is the key to prevention.
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Fox Chase, Philadelphia
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If you ignore the drug problems in poorer/minority neighborhoods like Kensington, its problems like drugs will only spread to burbs eventually and it seems that time is starting right about now
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Hanover , Virginia
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This is the same all across America. Kids do it because they're bored, depressed, unchallenged, etc. there's nothing special about the. Philly suburbs in this regard.
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:16 AM
 
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Drug use isn't up. But drug deaths are. It's due to something called fentanyl, a synthetic morphine that is being added to heroin. This is happening all over the country, and not just in Delaware County.

Acetyl Fentanyl Deaths Spread To The Southeast - Forbes
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Really, because everyone I've been talking to complains that it's a huge pain in the neck to get their doctors to prescribe any pills because their scared you'll become addicted.
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:11 PM
 
Location: PHL-Terminal C, Gate 11
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I live in Delco and I have noticed that over the past year the Delco media has taken a big interest in the "heroin epidemic". I am NOT saying that the heroin/opiate problem is not real in Delco- remember that big opiate bust at Boeing in September 2011? I have noticed an increase of town hall/sheriff meeting for concerned citizen regarding drugs and more media coverage of teen drug deaths-particularly grieving parent testimonials. This is not a bad thing, in fact it is good that the media is shining a spotlight on this problem.

I do feel that the county is angling for some grant money to help with Delco's drug problem: I believe this is why we have had a deluge of media coverage concerning heroin/opiates.

Charlie Cheesesteak is right about heroin deaths being linked to fentanyl-laced heroin.
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I live in WOL, which is right off Cheltenham. Can I tell you how many people used to come strolling down my street and into the drug house that used to be up the street? A LOT, that is. It wasn't until the city started gentrifying my neighborhood when the police finally, after years and years of them strolling past the drug house like it was nothing, did a raid and arrested about 20 people. Now that the neighborhood is changing I'm starting to see more and more people from the suburbs move in....hmm, I wonder why? Maybe it's because they already tons of experience with this neighborhood so they feel more comfortable in it? LOL. Ugh, now their kids blast rap music and walk around smoking weed . It's not like the youth here weren't already doing that, it's just annoying to have more people come and do that.
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:30 PM
 
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I live in WOL, which is right off Cheltenham. Can I tell you how many people used to come strolling down my street and into the drug house that used to be up the street? A LOT, that is. It wasn't until the city started gentrifying my neighborhood when the police finally, after years and years of them strolling past the drug house like it was nothing, did a raid and arrested about 20 people. Now that the neighborhood is changing I'm starting to see more and more people from the suburbs move in....hmm, I wonder why? Maybe it's because they already tons of experience with this neighborhood so they feel more comfortable in it? LOL. Ugh, now their kids blast rap music and walk around smoking weed . It's not like the youth here weren't already doing that, it's just annoying to have more people come and do that.
people from the suburbs are moving to west oak lane?
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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people from the suburbs are moving to west oak lane?
Yep, very slowly because of the "gentrification" process. Crime has actually been going down a lot, people are getting fed up with all the crap and are moving out. People are selling houses for like $250,000 and sometimes even $300,000 on my street now. I'm starting to see a lot more Asians/Hispanics/white people. However, once you leave the little "pocket" I live in...you get what used to be here (and it AIN'T good at all).
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