Heroin replacing pain pills as drug o...

Heroin replacing pain pills as drug of choice in some parts of Kentucky

There are 105 comments on the Lexington Herald-Leader story from Jan 26, 2013, titled Heroin replacing pain pills as drug of choice in some parts of Kentucky. In it, Lexington Herald-Leader reports that:

Heroin has rapidly replaced prescription pain pills as the drug of choice in much of Northern Kentucky and Louisville, raising fears that a heroin scourge will soon ravage the state.

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sandman

Clinton, TN

#69 Feb 28, 2013
Its the wrong way to aproach this. This is a medical issue period.The people who wish there fellow Americans dead are not only viel non Christians they need to become communist.It's this hollier than thow nonsense thats allowing democrats to kill us at the poll's. RUSH LIMBAUGH used this kind of mean spirited nonsense only to find that he was severly addicted to the pills that he so denounced.I have known many fine people who have been involved in this.Got the proper medical rehabilitation.They now lead full and productive lives.You need to leave theses matters to trained medical professionals.I hope that the children of these people saying die druggy never have a a addiction problem.We see how much good there parents are at handling theses problems.Or does Darwin apply to your children.To those who say my kids dont have these problems.Please inform us mere mortals of how you single handed defeated the scourge of our time. Is it wishing people dead around the dinner table at familytime?
Haha

Duluth, GA

#70 Feb 28, 2013
What did they think was gonna happen after they passed these bills and try to stop all the pills. Obviously people would turn to something stronger and cheaper. If they thought there was a pill epidemic they havnt seen anything until they see the heroin epidemic go full blown. If you go to a big city you know what im talking about. If they thought the pills were bad just wait. A lot easier to overdose from bc u never know exactly how much you're doing or how strong it will be. At least with a pill people knew. Ive already seen last year there were 13 heroin overdoses in lex. So far this year they are averaging over one a day. Looks like the epidemic is here. The deaths will be a lot greater than anything they saw with pills
Haha

Duluth, GA

#71 Feb 28, 2013
Its not just the ghetto or slums where heroin is. There is more heroin being used and sold in middle and upper class neighborhoods
coffee mug

Lexington, KY

#72 Mar 2, 2013
take those drugs you addicts ,your own parents dont love you,the tax payers sure dont .go on use those drugs get up high

Since: Feb 13

UK

#73 Mar 18, 2013
IMO the best way to get off heroin is to use natural sources. Ibogaine is a bit hardcore and many people arent in the right mindset to do it but kratom can help a lot if used correctly. Proper reduction routine and some antihistamines help a lot.

I think the withdrawals from stuff like oxy or dhc is easily as bad as heroin and lasts a bit longer. I think they should let addicts grow their own poppies and drink opium tea. Harmless though addictive.
bad practice

Cadiz, KY

#74 Mar 19, 2013
It amazes me that the pharmacy does not take the stand, they are losing major money on the no pain, no gain, situation, the Doctors are losing money on the So sorry I can't prescribe, and the town is losing money, because the market isn't there, but, in the same specs, the street level pushers are making a killing... And if you can find a pain pill on the street, it has doubled the price. So now the herione, is top dollar, for which it makes one think, this is it, the end.. And now the police, coroner, and Doctor's are eating the bill to arrest, treat, and bury, the drug addict, because he has no money... So in the true end...And lest not forget the child, whose is born an addict, Welfare doesn't stand a chance, cuz the drug mom does not want to be arrested, Now the child don't recieve nothing, so it is destined for the same road... No healthcare for the child, Just a sad way all around... A never ending cycle I agree with last post
RIP NIKKI

Evansville, IN

#75 Mar 31, 2013
Addiction doesn't make you a bad person. It doesn't see the color of your skin or how much you make. It could happen to anyone under any Circumstance. Please ppl have compassion for others you never know their story - it could be you.
RIP NIKKI
English Teacher

El Monte, CA

#76 Apr 2, 2013
Kygreg wrote:
To add to my last post: several states have proposed legislation requiring a "passing" drug test in order to collect welfare. A federal judge place an injunction on this law in Florida in 2012. Another example of liberal judges and pressure from the ACLU to have a positive impact on the war on drugs. If an individual has to pass a drug test to get a job, and in some cases to KEEP that job, why can't we expect welfare recipients to pass a similar test? In some cases, WE, the taxpayers, are paying for scum to buy drugs. It is important to understand the details of these proposals. Children of the recipients would still receive funding through other parent or by a designee. There is also a mandatory drug treatment component to this. I encourage everyone to contact their senator and representative and show support for these proposals.
I have no problem with requiring welfare recipients to submit to drug testing. They are dependent upon taxpayers for their livelihood and if they need that support because of the drug abuse, perhaps getting off of welfare will force people to support themselves - in a perfect world. But, there's another group of people who live FAT off of taxpayer money, have the best health insurance, tons of perks and usually don't do their jobs very well. Of course, I am referring to Congress, president, vice president, federal judges, etc. I think they should be required to pass drug tests, also. Why not? We should expect at least as much from them. Do they not work for us? I definitely want those people to be sober!
hmmm

Saint Louis, MO

#77 Apr 2, 2013
this is so scary
Zero

Lexington, KY

#78 Apr 4, 2013
Don't be a stupid human tool anymore. Please research as much as you can on secret societies and hidden powers that be that have major huge influence on the direction the world goes in. You will then realize that bad drugs and crime are beneficial in controlling and eventually culling unwanted people that don't fit into the mold these people of satan have created for their vision of a cleansed pure world. The world envisioned by hitler is still a blue print and model that these people use to this very day, but since they hide behind the conspiracy theory disguise that has been created by crackpots and close minded people that live stupid and in fear most of the time these groups thrive and flourish. They also have enormous fortunes to use at there disposal. So while our society crumbles and we starve to death they will be what remains to rule who they choose as survivors. Doesn't all that truth just brighten your day and make you love what a tool we all are, or does it make you madder than God when he flooded this shit rock that one time when his kids where being bad. Should we wait until God interveins or should we go head chopping like a responsible normal human society would do?
listening

United States

#79 Apr 4, 2013
Zero wrote:
Don't be a stupid human tool anymore. Please research as much as you can on secret societies and hidden powers that be that have major huge influence on the direction the world goes in. You will then realize that bad drugs and crime are beneficial in controlling and eventually culling unwanted people that don't fit into the mold these people of satan have created for their vision of a cleansed pure world. The world envisioned by hitler is still a blue print and model that these people use to this very day, but since they hide behind the conspiracy theory disguise that has been created by crackpots and close minded people that live stupid and in fear most of the time these groups thrive and flourish. They also have enormous fortunes to use at there disposal. So while our society crumbles and we starve to death they will be what remains to rule who they choose as survivors. Doesn't all that truth just brighten your day and make you love what a tool we all are, or does it make you madder than God when he flooded this shit rock that one time when his kids where being bad. Should we wait until God interveins or should we go head chopping like a responsible normal human society would do?
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English Teacher

Lexington, KY

#80 Apr 4, 2013
I have long believed the government wants certain societal groups to make themselves extinct. I also suspect groups like UNITE occasionally round up drug dealers & addicts to continue receiving funding and give the appearance of fighting this so-called war on drugs. Many would be surprised at the departments and endeavors reliant on the income generated by this farce. Of course, I will be labeled a nut for the mere suggestion of this type of thinking. But, consider all the options available to pharmaceutical companies to make their products near impossible to abuse. The FDA could have regulated the formulas for the pills most likely to be abused, but chose to turn a blind eye. How many overdosed before they had to appear to take a stand? Does it really seem so implausible when you start to see the facts? At least consider the theory with an open mind. I could be completely off base. I've considered this but my research keeps bringing me back to this theory. Just a little food for thought!
DopeBeFine

Hamilton, OH

#81 Apr 5, 2013
Maybe a nut, but definitely a nut gobbler. English Teachers have superior oral skills. Keep up the fine work. Bringing pleasure to other is it's own reward. And you could be on the right track with the other points too.
English Teacher

Lexington, KY

#82 Apr 5, 2013
DopeBeFine wrote:
Maybe a nut, but definitely a nut gobbler. English Teachers have superior oral skills. Keep up the fine work. Bringing pleasure to other is it's own reward. And you could be on the right track with the other points too.
I have always believed it is better to give than receive! In my life, I've also been praised alot for my oral skills and for resembling a naughty librarian! I certainly enjoy my oral fixations. Nothing wrong with enjoying one's work!
KentuckyNurse

Lexington, KY

#83 Apr 19, 2013
Folks I hate to break the news to you but heroin is here in Lexington and it is spreading like wildfire. Whats worse is people are dropping like flies, dying of overdoses at an alarming rate. I'm not going to get into the debate over why this is or who is to blame for it. What I do want to say is we better get ourselves educated about addiction to ALL drugs but especially opiates. If you think that no one in your family is affected by this nightmare you are kidding yourself. The face of addiction looks suspiciously like your granny or husband, your lawyer or hairdresser, your doctor or nurse. The majority are functioning addicts who are leading desparate double lives. Until there are enough options for people to get treatment without judgement then it will continue. Whats more if people can't seek help for addicts who have overdosed without getting in trouble with the police there will be more and more people found dead laying on the side of the road. There are people that may have been saved if instead of trying every possible way to help without calling 911 or going to a hospital, you could call for help & receive it without fear of going to jail yourself because you tried to do the right thing. This crap is no joke and if you haven't done it, don't!! If you have try to get some help. I know it is hard and options are horribly inadequate but this drug is lethal.
campbell county taxpayer

Newport, KY

#84 Apr 19, 2013
Just a guy wrote:
It looks like the politicians and the police got they're wish meaning drugs are on the streets available to anyone..the point is drugs are never gonna go away and this a fact.the next question is why?in America drugs are a big business the police,prosecutors,lawyers,jai l guards/prison guards,jails/prisons/,drug rehabs,food service to institutions,etc...almost every crime is drug related which keep the wheels spinning for all these industries which in turn create jobs which bring in taxes.are you starting to understand why the so called war on drugs has been going on for so long with no positive results?after 40 yrs of war you would think they would have accomplished something I mean hell it's actually worse way worse than when they related war on drugs.the bottom line is they will not allow drugs to go away because they're lively hood depends on it.now I know my grammar isn't the best and a few will play that card to dispute this post but I'm curious who will actually try and argue the points I brought up..
I love this post because there is so much truth in it. The issue given these truths though is that we as taxpayers have to pressure local governments whether it is your mayor or commissioner or councilman or doctor or media person or whoever can get the word out that tax dollars can be saved as well as these pathetic lives by developing programs for drug abuse in lieu of jail time and simply funding govt employees in courts and probation and jail systems.
Cowboy

Covington, KY

#85 Apr 20, 2013
How could you tell me that Greg Dumbo and the rest of our merry idiots in Frankfort did not see this coming? The minute the pills were cut back, the Mexicans were just waiting with their cheap heroin. It's coming from Atlanta, Chicago and Memphis and nobody can do a damn thing about it. And if you think people junked up on pills were bad, just wait. The people bringing it here know what they got and they don't plan on losing it.
Jaded

Erlanger, KY

#87 May 6, 2013
kelly wrote:
Probably because they have made it so hard for people to get pain meds that are in pain.
So therefore they have switched to heroin, you don't have to be degraded at the Doctors office, and treated like a criminal.
Is this Kelly jahnke
amen!

Evansville, IN

#88 May 24, 2013
Not Suprised wrote:
Sadly enough, I'm NOT AT ALL suprised to learn that heroin is here. Honestly, I'm kinda shocked that this hasn't happened sooner. On the streets, it's MUCH cheaper than pills would cost. What's even scarier is that the problem is going to get MUCH WORSE!!!

Unfortunately, I knew it would eventually come to this. Something to think about is the fact that it hadn't been seen much (if at all) around here until legitimate chronic pain sufferers has had to needlessly suffer for SO LONG without proper treatment. This is what results whenever doctors are either UNWILLING or UNABLE to prescribe sufficiant Pain Medications to those who truly need it!!! The handful of pain management centers we have grossly UNDER-TREAT their patients and the rest of the doctors face such scrutiny from law enforcement agencies that they're just plain too afraid to treat them for fear of losing their lisence!!!

I think ALOT of people are going to be AMAZED to find the type of people who have been reduced to seeking this drug. They're not going to be what you'd imagine.....like those shown on tv, the dirtiest and worst of the worst. For the most part, they'll be everyday folks who couldn't get help from their physicians for chronic pain. Of course, there will also be run of the mill drug addicts and unfortunately, experimenting young adults in the market; but for the most part, this will not be the case.
AMEN! Very well said.
amen!

Evansville, IN

#89 May 24, 2013
KY NEEDS PAIN MANAGEMENT wrote:
The above poster was right. If you dont live here you really cant begin to imagine how hard a time those with disease and chronic pain have it. Doctors here operate in fear and refuse to prescribe anything to people who really need it. That was the reason the majority of people were going to florida and other states when that was the talk of topix. It wasnt because we have so many drug addicts in the state. It was because people here cannot get ANYTHING for pain and those who get medication do not get enough or strong enough kinds to help them. If you go back and read how the sequence of events here has unfolded this is obvious.
A big problem I see is you have ppl in the dr's office "putting on a show" then running out of the office once they have their scripts! Kills me!! I'd give anything to be able to run! And ya I had to suffer for YEARS before finally finding my dr whom I've been with since '06! For example... My husband has had multiple ambitions on his foot.. He's in the ER about to lose the rest of his toes & you hear this girl screaming bc she stubbed her damn toe! Are you kidding me!!???? It pissed us off so bad! At least she had her toes. Anyways she was faking.. I overheard the drs say she's always in there trying to get pills. And that my friends is why it's hard for ppl whom really need pain meds for chronic legit pain bc u have the BS'ers! It's a shame & a true problem! Not everyone on pain meds are poor junkies!

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