Small Town, Big-Time Heroin Use

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NancyB

Farmington, CT

#1 Dec 22, 2007
Dr. Nora Volkow, NIDA Director, estimates that 48 million people 12 and older have misused prescription medications at some point.
http://www.nida.nih.gov/ResearchReports/Presc...

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Ned

Lebanon, CT

#2 Dec 23, 2007
It's unfortunate we see these articles every few years about Willimantic. Nothing seems to be getting better.
Drug War Disasters

Naugatuck, CT

#3 Dec 23, 2007
Remember how prohibition made booze even more dangerous and accessible to kids and surrounded by violence of the black market and organized crime? Well, that's what is happening with the other drugs now. The drug war has been as counter-productive of a policy as one can imagine.

Alcohol prohibition wasn't ended because alcohol is good for you. Alcohol is nearly as deadly as heroin, which itself would be much less deadly in a legal regulated market than it is in its adulterated, unknown black market form. That's right: prohibition is making heroin much more dangerous and deadly than it has to be.

http://www.peele.net/lib/heroinoverdose.html

EXCERPT:

People rarely die from heroin overdoses meaning pure concentrations of the drug which simply overwhelm the body's responses. What, then, are we to make of frequent reports of heroin overdoses from Plano, Texas and Strathclyde, Scotland? People do die while consuming heroin but the overdose myth may actually make such deaths more, rather than less, likely.

The first popular source to tell us about the myth of heroin overdose was the classic 1972 Consumer Union Report, Licit & Illicit Drugs, written by Edward M. Brecher. Brecher pointed out that, when street doses of heroin were far purer than they are today (China Cat and black-tar heroin scares notwithstanding), drug overdoses were practically unknown.

Brecher noted that heroin overdoses began to be reported in New York City after World War II, and accelerated into the 1970s. Yet the average purity of a street dosage prior to the War was 40 times the concentration of a 1960s dose....

....Street lore among heroin addicts typically eschewed drinking alcohol with heroin as a potentially deadly combination. Today, drug cocktails as well as drinking while shooting up are common. The majority of drug deaths in an Australian study, conducted by the National Alcohol and Drug Research Centre, involved heroin in combination with either alcohol (40 percent) or tranquilizers (30 percent).

If it is not pure drugs that kill, but impure drugs and the mixture of drugs, then the myth of the heroin overdose can be dangerous. If users had a guaranteed pure supply of heroin which they relied on, there would be little more likelihood of toxic doses than occur with narcotics administered in a hospital.

But when people take whatever they can off the street, they have no way of knowing how the drug is adulterated. And when they decide to augment heroin's effects, possibly because they do not want to take too much heroin, they may place themselves in the greatest danger.

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Drug War Disasters

Naugatuck, CT

#4 Dec 23, 2007
In a legally regulated drug market, heroin consumers would have access or referrals to counseling and treatment from the same source as their drug: a licensed dispensary. Thus addicts could get help on request.

But the vast majority of people who have tried heroin or cocaine did NOT become addicts. Here is an introduction to that surprising fact:

http://www.parl.gc.ca/37/1/parlbus/commbus/se...

EXCERPT:

Heroin. Testing Claim A is logically straightforward; it predicts that when people are sufficiently exposed to drugs they will all become addicted. Of course, some people do become severely addicted after a few exposures to heroin and cocaine. However, controlled observations contradict both the strong and the cautious form of Claim A for heroin, morphine, or any opiate drugs. The large majority of people exposed to these drugs, even many times, do not become addicted....

....Numerous surveys in the U.S. and Canada indicate that cocaine use peaked in the 1980s at levels that had not been seen since early in the 20th century. However, in spite of widespread availability and moderate prices, a majority of North Americans never used cocaine; of those who did, most used it only once or a few times; of those who became more regular users, most did not become addicted; and of those whose addiction became serious enough to require treatment, most had lives that were marked by severe alienation or misfortune before they first used cocaine, suggesting that their addiction had causes other than mere exposure to the drug. These facts come from field studies from various countries.....

[Note: click the link to read the empirical evidence behind this.--DWD.]

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We should not kid ourselves that prohibition somehow means drugs are not now "readily accessible" --to anyone with interest in finding them, they are almost always available closer to home than a loaf of bread or gallon of milk. People that want these drugs are already getting them, but under the most personally dangerous and socially harmful possible conditions (unregulated market).
No Blacks

Monroe, CT

#5 Dec 23, 2007
That's what you get for handing out free needles. Thanks for sending the wrong message to our kids.
Jimmy B

Pleasanton, CA

#6 Dec 24, 2007
Willimantic has always been known for Heroin. That was the first place I did junk. That was over 35 years ago. Somethings just don't ever change. I live in LA and I'm still hearing about the Chiva in Willi!! Wow. Must be some good shit.
Wendi

Cheshire, CT

#7 Dec 25, 2007
Wow!!! People are still commenting on this piece... Interesting. Ya, Willi was a cesspool for Heroin, but guess what??? It's EVERYWHERE!!!

I left there August 3, 1999 and have been clean since.
Wendi

Cheshire, CT

#8 Dec 25, 2007
Don't know why it says I'm from Naugatuck. I live in Middletown, CT.
zonker

North Haven, CT

#9 Dec 25, 2007
No Blacks wrote:
That's what you get for handing out free needles. Thanks for sending the wrong message to our kids.
They're handing out needles with heroin in them? The needle ain't worth nothin' until it's loaded.

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