Heroin Death Prompts Growing Concern

Heroin Death Prompts Growing Concern

There are 107 comments on the kdka.com story from Nov 14, 2006, titled Heroin Death Prompts Growing Concern. In it, kdka.com reports that:

Officials are concerned that a bad batch of heroin may be circulating in western Pennsylvania.Joshua Mulheren, 22, of Derry Township died yesterday of a suspected heroin overdose.

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Tee

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#1 Nov 14, 2006
Bad batch of heroin, all heroin is bad just some kills faster than others. Instead of writing an article in the newspaper, why don't they come up with something to stop the heroin use. Addicts aren't the problem, the dealers are. Lets get the dealers and lock them up for good. Our area is infested and this has hit very close to home for me. The addicts need help and there isn't any out there. They will tell you about all the "programs" and "rehabs" but what no one will say is that the average person, family or addict cannot afford these services. The public needs educated and informed.
PBG

Kittanning, PA

#2 Nov 25, 2006
It is a sad state of affairs when known drug dealers can continue to peddle their wares and the resulting outcome of their actions are people dying. Despite the fact it's known who has sold the drugs to the people dying, it seems nothing can be done about it. I wonder how many lives will be ended before certain individuals receive the punishment they deserve.
I find it hard to believe "friends" of the people dying can sit back and watch the life ebb out of them and don't have the decency to call 911. I also wonder how many people have died as a result of one individual selling the drugs and how many times this person has watched someone die in front of them. It's sad when you consider a person can get into major trouble if they are caught violating certain traffic laws, yet the people who are selling "hard" drugs and killing people are walking around free only to see the same scenario of death played out over and over.
My advice for anyone who has information about drug dealers, especially those whose drugs have resulted in death, is to speak up and help put these people behind bars where they don't have an opportunity to continue ruining lives. Help officials in any way you can by coming forward and telling the truth about what you may know regarding suspected drug related deaths. It may only be a matter of time before someone you love is taken away and then it will be too late.
chinenjim

Latrobe, PA

#3 May 25, 2007
Every time I hear of one of these idiots overdosing I laugh. If I had more free time, I'd find where they're buried and go piss on their graves.

I live in Derry and I'm a homeowner here. That means I have a stake in this community that's being ruined by these people. These junkie kids walk around breaking into cars and homes. The cops do nothing. Nothing.

I have no remorse for these people, and I hope every last one of them dies. If one of these junkie kids was on fire I wouldn't piss on them to put the fire out. They are the scum of the earth and deserve to die and go to hell. If any of them dare venture to my home (they've come close before when they robbed my neighbor's house) I have no problem with blowing their brains out on sight. I'd even gift wrap a chunk of their skull and send it to their grieving mother(s).

bane

Berlin, PA

#4 Jun 2, 2007
maybe you should have some remorse you prick. rot in hell.
Rachel

United States

#5 Jun 11, 2007
A herion addict used to live next door to me. She made my life miserable. I can't feel sorry for the junkies. Not after living next to one. I've worked for what I have. To watch junkies party, steal, party, steal, party...it makes me sick. I feel bad for the families of the drug addicts but not for the addicts themselves. They ruin neighborhoods. The whole neighborhood was so happy the day she got evicted. She had chances to clean up her life. She chose not to.
responding to chienjim

United States

#6 Jun 12, 2007
I think you are a total no hearted prick. If that was your child out there maybe you would have a change of heart...than maybe not.These are breathing people like us. They need help. Wouldnt it be something that one day it will be your grave they piss on and your the one that rots in hell. Ha! Ha!
chinenjim striking back

Latrobe, PA

#7 Aug 5, 2007
Both of you are obviously heroin users. I won't rot in hell, because I LIVE IN HELL ALREADY! This area used to be nice until you people turned it into a dope mecca. I hope both of you overdose soon and thin the herd some more. Please come to my house. I would love to blast both of you in the face. Want my address?
Megan

Latrobe, PA

#8 Aug 11, 2007
wow. some of these comments really hit home for me, why? because josh mulheren was my brother. if it was YOUR brother, YOUR father, YOUR mother, or any other member of YOUR family, maybe your story would be a little different. EVERYONE has problems, a little secret they don't want anyone to know about, SOMETHING that makes them seem lower in the eyes of other people. my brother was a good kid, and ONE mistake took his life. instead of degrating these people with problems, why don't you go out there and try to change it? if you are just sitting around watching things that you don't like, you're just feeding the fire. think about it.
Chinenjim

Latrobe, PA

#9 Aug 12, 2007
For Christ's sake this is HEROIN we're talking about!!! What the hell is wrong with you people?? I was no angel growing up. I smoked pot all the time and got drunk quite a bit too. But even in my worst stupor if someone offered me heroin I would have been smart enough to say absolutely now way.

Sorry about your brother and I don't mean to attack you or your family personally. The heroin epidemic is simply out of control in this area though and nothing is being done about it. Once someone becomes an addict they are basically an addict for life. The relapse rate is so incredibly high with that stuff. The withdrawal is so miserable too that people will do just about anything to get money to buy the stuff. That means robbing houses, cars, whatever to get what they need.

Cushy rehab centers and methadone clinics have done very little good in the past in other places. What makes people think they will do any good here?

Being a junkie isn't a disease..it's a CHOICE. Junkies whining about how they somehow caught some kind of disease and need help, is like me sawing off own legs and then petitioning for a state disability check every month.
Chinenjim

Latrobe, PA

#10 Aug 12, 2007
Megan wrote:
if it was YOUR brother, YOUR father, YOUR mother, or any other member of YOUR family, maybe your story would be a little different.
Nope. My story would be the same.
Megan

United States

#11 Aug 16, 2007
Chinenjim wrote:
For Christ's sake this is HEROIN we're talking about!!! What the hell is wrong with you people?? I was no angel growing up. I smoked pot all the time and got drunk quite a bit too. But even in my worst stupor if someone offered me heroin I would have been smart enough to say absolutely now way.
Sorry about your brother and I don't mean to attack you or your family personally. The heroin epidemic is simply out of control in this area though and nothing is being done about it. Once someone becomes an addict they are basically an addict for life. The relapse rate is so incredibly high with that stuff. The withdrawal is so miserable too that people will do just about anything to get money to buy the stuff. That means robbing houses, cars, whatever to get what they need.
Cushy rehab centers and methadone clinics have done very little good in the past in other places. What makes people think they will do any good here?
Being a junkie isn't a disease..it's a CHOICE. Junkies whining about how they somehow caught some kind of disease and need help, is like me sawing off own legs and then petitioning for a state disability check every month.
I guess I should have thought of a better way to word my view before I spoke, I was letting my emotions do the talking for me and it didn't come out the way I wanted it to..
I totally agree with you, it's heroin, it's bad, there's no excuse for doing it, that's all true. I'm not defending the people who do it, or the people who let other people pressure them into doing it at all.
The thing I was trying to get at, but didn't really, was that my brother wasn't an addict. That's what I meant when I said ONE mistake took his life. He was a good kid, who became friends with the wrong kids, and let these people influence his life. He didn't do heroin before. From what my family has learned from friends and court hearings trying to convict the kid who sold it to him, it was the second time he'd done it, and he couldn't shoot up himself. I'm not trying to say that just because it was "only" the second time, and that he didn't do it himself, that makes it okay, because it doesn't. I love my brother, but I'm still angry at him for basically letting his friends take his life from him. All I'm trying to say is that he made a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes, although my brother's was a much larger one than others, and ended up taking his life.
I know that being a "junkie" is a choice, and I think it's terrible for people to choose to live that way, but I'm not going to belittle them for it, unless they've been offered help and refused to take it. They do need help. In a way, being addicted to any kind of drug is like a disease, it takes over your brain and you get stuck. They rob houses, stores, steal from friends, family, etc.. because they feel like they have to. I'm sure they don't want to live the way they do, but they don't see any other way. The drugs have messed with their minds and made them think that this is the only way to live anymore.
All I'm trying to say is that I think instead of sticking our noses up at them we should try to help them. A lot of local hospitals offer anonymous rehab programs where people just like you and I can volunteer to help addicts get on the right track. I volunteer at one now, and I feel like I make a difference. Just the other day someone came in who has been clean for 6 months and wanted to thank us for helping him get to that point. Of course we weren't the only ones influencing his life, he had also admitted himself into a rehab clinic, but he gave us credit for pushing him to go there. I know people can't change unless they want to, but you CAN try to make them want to.
Chinenim

Latrobe, PA

#12 Aug 16, 2007
I'm not trying to stick my nose up at anyone. I just wonder why in the hell people are still trying it. I mean, gee..after dozens of people have died around here from it, I think sanity should overrule curiosity at this point.

Right now, everyone should know better...but they don't. Why? How hard of a concept is it to grasp? I've heard of kids trying heroin AFTER one or more of their friends have died from it! What the hell is wrong with them?

Sure if someone is idiotic enough to try heroin, get addicted, and then wises up and wants to get off it, then God bless them. They should have help available to them. BUT, there's PLENTY of people who enjoy heroin and have no intentions of quitting. THEY are the ones who made your brother OD, THEY are the ones who are destroying the community and THEY are the ones who deserve every single consequence that comes to them.
Megan

United States

#13 Aug 16, 2007
I could not agree with you more, and I don't feel the least bit bad when I say that I hope the kid who sold it to my brother, and the kid who helped him shoot up (who was supposed to be his "best friend") rot in hell.
And you're right, there are people out there doing heroin everyday and think it's fine and have no intentions of stopping, and I don't feel bad when I say that I hope they rot in hell too.
It's one thing to destroy your own life, it's another thing to destroy someone else's life and their family's.
I wonder too why people are still trying it, when you read about deaths because of it almost everyday. Just recently I heard that a lot of my brother's "friends" are still doing it. It doesn't make any sense to me either. They lost a "good friend" of theirs, but they're still willing to take the risk when the chance that they could end up like my brother is so real. You'd think, even if they were addicted, that my brother's death would be enough to make them wise up and want to get off of it. I guess some people are just idiots.
Chinenjim

Latrobe, PA

#14 Aug 16, 2007
Megan wrote:
I wonder too why people are still trying it, when you read about deaths because of it almost everyday.
Because people, as a whole, are generally borderline retarded. Most people in this world are idiots. Our little corner of the world here in Western PA is no exception.

The majority of the people in this world are followers who do what they're told. This doesn't apply only to the visible poor, it applies to all classes, races, and tax brackets. The fact that you even begged the question quoted above this response demonstrates that you are one of the few people out there with a completely functioning dynamic brain.

Thank you very much for your insightful, well composed, intelligent, and well-mannered response to my post. I find it much more enjoyable to converse with someone such as yourself, than some of the half-retarded inbred townies who love to flame and threaten people on this forum.
Megan

United States

#15 Aug 17, 2007
Chinenjim wrote:
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I find it much more enjoyable to converse with someone such as yourself, than some of the half-retarded inbred townies who love to flame and threaten people on this forum.
HAHA, "half-retarded inbred townies".. I think that sums up the general population of Western Pennsylvania anymore. But thank you, it's nice to know that I'm not the only one with a brain and some common sense.
Chinenjim

Latrobe, PA

#16 Aug 17, 2007
Megan wrote:
I think that sums up the general population of Western Pennsylvania anymore.
You are correct, but that also applies to everywhere else. When you go on vacation somewhere, you don't get a real chance to experience how screwed up a place really is. For example, everyone loves Disney World in Orlando. Spend enough time in Orlando, and you will discover that people there are just as stupid and ignorant as they are here.

The key is to use the stupidity of the general population to your advantage in whatever you decide to do with your life. That's how you become successful. Forget trying to make a difference in the community. Stupidity is incurable, and the vast majority of people are lemmings. You can lead them in the right direction for a while, but sooner or later you'll turn your back for a second and they've walked off the cliff with the rest of the pack.

I dunno how old you are, but if you haven't already locked yourself into a career choice, than take heed to some of my advice. The only bright side to living amongst the throngs of zombies who sleepwalk and eat their way through life, is to take advantage of their stupidity. Stupid people always follow and do what they're told. That's why people go to Subway believing they'll lose weight, apply Head-on directly to their foreheads believing that it will really cure their headache, and change their oil every 3 months even if they haven't driven their car at all in that same amount of time. YEEEEEEEE HAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!
Megan

United States

#17 Aug 18, 2007
I'm actually only 19, and I'm going to school for psychology. I'm going to be a therapist or counsellor of some sort. I have too big of a heart to watch America go down the drain. I'd like to help SOMEONE.
That is funny though, how people always do what they're told or what everyone else is doing. People go into Subway thinking they'll lose weight, but get a meatball hoggie with everything on it, a bag of chips, a chocolate chip cookie, and a DIET soda. They eat there a couple of times and wonder why they haven't lost weight. And I have no comment for the Head-On. I acutally laughed when I heard about that. What, does it seep through your skin and go directly to the brain? I mean, come on. Like weight loss pills. People actually believe that all they have to do is take these pills and they'll lose weight. Then in 2 months, after they've eaten whatever they wanted and never exercised, they wonder why they haven't lost any weight.
You're right, no matter where you go it's filled with ignorant, stupid people. You can't escape from them. They make me wish I had invested in a used car lot.
Chinenjim

Latrobe, PA

#18 Aug 18, 2007
Psychology is a tough business to break into right now. I know because I very good buddy of mine is one. It has taken him YEARS to build his private practice, and the competition is staggering. He also worked in the public sector as a school psychologist for over 20 years and has recently "retired", which means he now just works twice as much at his practice. He's 60 years old and he will work for the rest of his life..not because he wants to, but because he has to.

Most lucrative careers these days don't ever require a college degree, regardless of what your advisors will tell you. Don't laugh about investing in a used car lot. That's an easy way to become a millionaire in about 10 years if you have a good business sense and a level head.

Right now everybody your age is being conditioned to believe that college is the only way to a bright future. The reality is that there's only so many white-collar positions out there that require a college degree. Many white collar job openings around here have hundreds of applicants, because of the sheer number of people fresh out of school. That's why you see so many people with bachelor's degrees working at Sears.

Even if you do land a job in your field, you won't be paid what you're worth..at least not around here. Employers aren't stupid. They know that if you leave because you don't feel like you're being compensated well enough, there will be a line of 500 eager college grads willing to fill your position the day you leave!

Not trying to discourage you, but this is the awful truth. It's great to have dreams, but when it's time to go out in the world and make your way, it's all about the $$$. My best advice to you would be to hone your entrepreneurial skills and then use them to your advantage. Go to school so you can always have that degree to fall back on, but don't EVER let your advisors and counselors feed you the line of BS that all you need to succeed is a degree. You will be in for a BIG let-down!

For the record, the most successful people I know in this world have made every last dime through their own businesses. Capitalism is a beautiful thing, and we're lucky to live in a country where it's basically a right.

..oh yeah, almost forgot..YEEEEEEEEHAAAAWWWWWWWW W!
Andrew C

Vandergrift, PA

#19 Aug 20, 2007
This does NOT concern me. If people do drugs they deserve to die.

I am above and beyond. I live a clean Straight Edge lifestyle. I am better then you.
Chinenjim

Latrobe, PA

#20 Aug 20, 2007
Andrew C wrote:
This does NOT concern me. If people do drugs they deserve to die.
I am above and beyond. I live a clean Straight Edge lifestyle. I am better then you.
It's good to see that movement's still alive and well.

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