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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“To Each His Own....Opinion!”

Since: Sep 09

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#82 Dec 14, 2009
FFFFFFFFfff this wrote:
you are so f'd up and i hope you find help. i hope we solve the problems in the world because my life has been destroyed by this demon!!!1<quoted text>
My life was destroyed by it too. I am the 'significant other' of the Junkie. Suboxone, that little orange pill that Rehab's push as some kind of Miracle, did not cure it. He sells the suboxone for dope money. It's hopeless. He's going to die and there's nothing I can do about it. All of his "friends" either use or sell Heroin or both but he can not see that they are NOT his "friends". I put him out of my home but I still worry and wait for the day that I get the call that he's dead, he overdosed and his "friends" rolled his body over the hillside to rot. I have been robbed countless times. Everyone I know has been robbed by him. My children and my children's friend's families, the people I work with, all of my relatives, he can't go into anyone's home because all he does is look for pills and things he can carry out of there to sell, what he did to his own MOTHER is going to send him straight to HELL......it's bad and if you are an addict you are seriously FFFFFFed, just like your name says.
scan

Portland, OR

#84 Dec 21, 2009
My twin sister and I have suffer for 20 years of our lives by our handicapped mother. We grew up being severly abused. I had almost lost my life two times and it made me into a handicapped. Instead of doing harm to our parent or children I have done some incredicable works that no one not want to get involved. See and read this incrediable true story from Donora, PA. and McKeesport, PA. to Portland, Oregon by a survivor and handicapped. http://www.efn.org/~scan
[email protected]

Paul M. McLaughlin
Stop Child Abuse NOW!
298 Hunington
Eugene, Oregon 97405
Frank Zappa

Chardon, OH

#85 Dec 31, 2009
Its far past the time to legalize all recreational drugs, including cocaine and heroin.

Now before you freak, actually read and think about what I am going to present as my points for doing so.

1) Legalization will first of assure "Purity" of the product.

Remember all the people who died or went blind during alcohol prohibition?

Assuring that the stuff these people put in their veins will eliminate about 1/4 of all drug related deaths.

2) Legalization will remove the profit motive of the drug dealers, and the corruption within the law enforcement community.

Lets face it, if you can go to Vandergrift Pharmacy and get your coke, for what it actually costs, nobody is going to be paying the Vandergrift cops off to keep selling it under their noses, and lets not for a moment think that isn't happening.

Hell, a few years ago two were busted for using, buying and selling coke from the cop cars.

Do any of you ever remember seeing the press cover what happened to the cops after the arrest?

Yeah..

3) We can turn non productive addicts back into contributing members of society.

Surely you all know someone, a functioning alchohlic, or a pot smoker, who keeps a job, has a family, and lives with his means, including the cost of his addiction.

Drugs just don't target the poor, or the minorities, I know just as many, or more, white collar individuals, who in the privacy of their home, or in a local bar, maintain an addiction and their lifestyle, without many problems.

I am not saying that its good, but, people have been getting bent since cavemen in Russian were burning cannabis on a fire and catching the smoke in an animal skin to inhale, and even the egyptians were brewing beer.

4) With legalization, the largest amount of drug related deaths, which come from traficking and distribution related crimes, will end.

People can actually be gainfully employed producing, moving, and selling the same things that are happening now, but are going into some drug lord, or street thugs pocket.

5) Taxes.

Legalization and taxation will take the money that is now laundered and sent overseas, and put some of into our treasuries as tax dollars.

Some of that money can be used to TREAT addiction, rather than putting people behind bars for having a few grams of weed, we can actually do something to help them.

Is keeping prison guards, and mall prisons open really that good for our counties or societies?

I would much rather see more drug counselors, than prison guards, who, much like the corrupt police, are the sources of drugs in our prisons.

Face it, decades of the war on drugs is a DISMAL FAILURE, the same arguments are being made, and we have more, and better drugs in this country than we did when it started in the Seventies.

Its time to take a different route, because the current system is corrupt, and not working.
scan

Portland, OR

#86 Jan 2, 2010
Which is bad. The alcohol or the hard drugs?? The true answer to that question is -- all of them. I had not yet seen anyone doing harm to anyone by not using the alcohol or drugs. It's always someone doing harm to other people. My question is: why aren't the harsh drugs being eliminated completley as well as for alcohol. I, myself have never done any of these horrible behavior. I had experiance about 3 month of hard liqor when I was in the army and that was in 1970's. Surviving childhood abuse was more difficult than trying to get off drugs or alcohol. I don't care what knowledgiable people has to say. People are smart, but dumb of not teaching people to stay away from harmful drugs, alcohol, etc. I'm a handicapped from childhood sufferings, not by drugs or alcohol.
http://www.efn.org/~scan
[email protected]

Paul M. McLaughlin
Stop Child Abuse NOW!
298 Hunington
Eugene, Oregon 97405

“To Each His Own....Opinion!”

Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#87 Jan 2, 2010
I am sick of hearing 'Addiction is a DISEASE', etc. It is NOT a DISEASE. It is a CHOICE. Everyone knows what will happen if you pick up a crack pipe or stick a needle in your arm....they go into using drugs with their eyes WIDE open, they are fully aware of what the future holds for them, and still, THEY CHOOSE TO DO IT. I chose NOT to use drugs. It was a CHOICE.

“To Each His Own....Opinion!”

Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#88 Jan 2, 2010
scan wrote:
Which is bad. The alcohol or the hard drugs?? The true answer to that question is -- all of them. I had not yet seen anyone doing harm to anyone by not using the alcohol or drugs. It's always someone doing harm to other people. My question is: why aren't the harsh drugs being eliminated completley as well as for alcohol. I, myself have never done any of these horrible behavior. I had experiance about 3 month of hard liqor when I was in the army and that was in 1970's. Surviving childhood abuse was more difficult than trying to get off drugs or alcohol. I don't care what knowledgiable people has to say. People are smart, but dumb of not teaching people to stay away from harmful drugs, alcohol, etc. I'm a handicapped from childhood sufferings, not by drugs or alcohol.
http://www.efn.org/~scan
[email protected]
Paul M. McLaughlin
Stop Child Abuse NOW!
298 Hunington
Eugene, Oregon 97405
OK, what was done to you, how were you abused?
observer

Apollo, PA

#89 Jan 3, 2010
Frank Zappa wrote:
Its far past the time to legalize all recreational drugs, including cocaine and heroin.
Now before you freak, actually read and think about what I am going to present as my points for doing so.
1) Legalization will first of assure "Purity" of the product.
Remember all the people who died or went blind during alcohol prohibition?
Assuring that the stuff these people put in their veins will eliminate about 1/4 of all drug related deaths.
2) Legalization will remove the profit motive of the drug dealers, and the corruption within the law enforcement community.
Lets face it, if you can go to Vandergrift Pharmacy and get your coke, for what it actually costs, nobody is going to be paying the Vandergrift cops off to keep selling it under their noses, and lets not for a moment think that isn't happening.
Hell, a few years ago two were busted for using, buying and selling coke from the cop cars.
Do any of you ever remember seeing the press cover what happened to the cops after the arrest?
Yeah..
3) We can turn non productive addicts back into contributing members of society.
Surely you all know someone, a functioning alchohlic, or a pot smoker, who keeps a job, has a family, and lives with his means, including the cost of his addiction.
Drugs just don't target the poor, or the minorities, I know just as many, or more, white collar individuals, who in the privacy of their home, or in a local bar, maintain an addiction and their lifestyle, without many problems.
I am not saying that its good, but, people have been getting bent since cavemen in Russian were burning cannabis on a fire and catching the smoke in an animal skin to inhale, and even the egyptians were brewing beer.
4) With legalization, the largest amount of drug related deaths, which come from traficking and distribution related crimes, will end.
People can actually be gainfully employed producing, moving, and selling the same things that are happening now, but are going into some drug lord, or street thugs pocket.
5) Taxes.
Legalization and taxation will take the money that is now laundered and sent overseas, and put some of into our treasuries as tax dollars.
Some of that money can be used to TREAT addiction, rather than putting people behind bars for having a few grams of weed, we can actually do something to help them.
Is keeping prison guards, and mall prisons open really that good for our counties or societies?
I would much rather see more drug counselors, than prison guards, who, much like the corrupt police, are the sources of drugs in our prisons.
Face it, decades of the war on drugs is a DISMAL FAILURE, the same arguments are being made, and we have more, and better drugs in this country than we did when it started in the Seventies.
Its time to take a different route, because the current system is corrupt, and not working.
that is the biggest crock of bull that i've ever read.....excuse me while i go get my hip boots....
The Baron

Harrison, NJ

#90 Feb 13, 2010
One issue I have not seen posted here is that over 90% of the worlds heroin is produced in Afghanistan. The Taliban buy their guns and bullets using profit form the sale of poppies. These junkie assholes are funding a group that is killing our serviceman nearly everyday. If there was not enough reason to hate these addicts, this should do it.
amber

Thomaston, GA

#91 Mar 3, 2010
Ewww! This guy who is a couple comments down is a prime example of an ignorant piece of shit who has no idea what he is talking about! I am a recovering Heroin addict. I have served my time in jail for the things that I have done wrong, but it is my strong belief that everyone deserves the chance to be helped and to recover like I have. The drug Heroin changes people for the worst. Whenever I was getting high, I didn't care about what I had to do or who I had to hurt to get that next fix. It made me a horrible person. But, that is not who I really am. And, if you met me now, you would would never guess that I would have done the things I have done in my addiction. It is not easy-being in recovery, and everyday it is a struggle for me. I would not have been able to get clean or stay clean without the assistance and support of publically funded programs dedicaated to helping people like me, and a strong support system I have including family and friends, and my community. If everyone acted like this guy and completely wrote off any "addict", I would not be clean today. So......dude, suck a dick. I hope that you get all that you deserve....you will be judged, that is not my job.
Bella Toni

Monessen, PA

#93 Mar 12, 2010
The Baron wrote:
One issue I have not seen posted here is that over 90% of the worlds heroin is produced in Afghanistan. The Taliban buy their guns and bullets using profit form the sale of poppies. These junkie assholes are funding a group that is killing our serviceman nearly everyday. If there was not enough reason to hate these addicts, this should do it.
Excellent point!
Mike

Mastic Beach, NY

#94 Mar 12, 2010
Wow.. Remind me to never go to Leechburg PA. Not due to the large amount of Heroin addicts, but due to the insane amount of ignorant fucks who have no idea what they are talking about and talk about people who have problems like they are scum. 95% of addicts do not want to live how they do and are just in horrible mental and physical states. Honestly dont even bother trying to respond this is just some random forum I came across on accident while i was looking for something else and will probably never come across this ever again.
pure

Larimer, PA

#95 Mar 13, 2010
the purity of a drug doesn't make it safe or proper to legalize it. And as far as it goes, drinking in derry is just as bad as drug usage. I used to live on chestnut street and between the herion shooting kids and their parents that were drunks, i couldn't raise my child there. We were there for a year and moved. Latrobe, where i live now, is not much better. We dont live in town, thank god. This addiction, whether it be drugs or alchol, is no excuse for anyone. I'm tired of hearing parents say "my child is an addict" and they do nothing to help. they baby these kids. i am tired of parents not doing their jobs and watching these kids. Sometimes i wish we could go back to the days where drugs werent an issue. It's almost as if in order to work everyday, parents need to have a certified baby-sitter for their high school kids just so they stay out of serious trouble. I used to party when i was a kid, i'm not gonna lie, wine coolers or shmirnuff were our drinks of the night. Maybe 4 or 5 then go home and sleep it off. but the day i found out my dad was selling weed, my mom was a cocaine addict, and my brother tried exctasy, i got smart and i decided to make something of myself. Why dont these people learn from other's mistakes? No one is bullet proof, everyone can die, and people think they are invincable. make the RIGHT choice, dont do drugs. They preached this to us since i was 5 in kindergarden. It's an easy thing to do.
stiff

Latrobe, PA

#96 Apr 21, 2010
Megan wrote:
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.
megan you lie josh only had one half brother
cami

Las Vegas, NV

#97 Jul 12, 2010
My 20 yr old son died june 17, 2010 of a drug overdose the so called friend he was with provided and injected him with the heroin that killed him. My son paid with his life for the bad choices they both made on that night, i beleive she should be held accountable for her hand in his death. Police were called to the scene of a dead body at 1:35 am at 2:45 am case closed no criminal intent nobody cited or jailed. if using providing and injecting illegal drugs with someone and a death occurs as a result isnt a criminal act then I WILL CHANGE THE LAW! WATCH ME
Thank Your Courts

Whitney, PA

#98 Jul 12, 2010
cami wrote:
My 20 yr old son died june 17, 2010 of a drug overdose the so called friend he was with provided and injected him with the heroin that killed him. My son paid with his life for the bad choices they both made on that night, i beleive she should be held accountable for her hand in his death. Police were called to the scene of a dead body at 1:35 am at 2:45 am case closed no criminal intent nobody cited or jailed. if using providing and injecting illegal drugs with someone and a death occurs as a result isnt a criminal act then I WILL CHANGE THE LAW! WATCH ME
You have your courts and defense attorneys to thank for that. It used to be considered 3rd degree murder, however, the courts ruled that since there was no malicious intent to kill the person the charges did not apply. The lawmakers need to enact a new law specifically designed for drug delivery resulting in death.
Lord of Karma

United States

#99 Jul 13, 2010
Thank Your Courts wrote:
<quoted text>
You have your courts and defense attorneys to thank for that. It used to be considered 3rd degree murder, however, the courts ruled that since there was no malicious intent to kill the person the charges did not apply. The lawmakers need to enact a new law specifically designed for drug delivery resulting in death.
Lets give credit where credit is due. You have the Al Sharptons and the ACLU's of the world to thank for this.
Doc Johnson

Pittsburgh, PA

#100 Jul 22, 2010
cami wrote:
My 20 yr old son died june 17, 2010 of a drug overdose the so called friend he was with provided and injected him with the heroin that killed him. My son paid with his life for the bad choices they both made on that night, i beleive she should be held accountable for her hand in his death. Police were called to the scene of a dead body at 1:35 am at 2:45 am case closed no criminal intent nobody cited or jailed. if using providing and injecting illegal drugs with someone and a death occurs as a result isnt a criminal act then I WILL CHANGE THE LAW! WATCH ME
The should charge the dead guy.
Mark

Philadelphia, PA

#101 Aug 16, 2010
You are so clueless you should not be able to post here. It's obvious you are not an addict as the power to choose is taken away and adicts may be able to make sound decisions about every other aspect of life but when they introduce a drink or a mood altering substance into thier body they trigger an allergy of the body coupled with an obsession of the mind. This gives them no power to choose and starts the incidious pattern to a bottom or death. If there was a way to deny this then don't you think the AMA would do so? No, the AMA classifed this as a disease back in the 40's. And just cause you don't like the problems that are caused by it does not mean it's not a disease. Would you treat someone with cancer the same way? They did not grow up wanting to become addicts and usually this runs in families; espically from father to son. So get off your high horse and become educated as any ass could spurt crap from his or her mouths.
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.
D Man

Belden, MS

#102 Aug 16, 2010
When will the good people of Derry wake up?! So many claim "it is bad everywhere" as if that makes it ok. It is NOT this bad everywhere. At least big cities make an attempt to enforce laws and offer treatment.
Derry does nothing & I believe the cops must be getting a cut. I called Derry PD about month ago to report a guy who deals drugs with his 12 or 13 year old son in the house and nothing happened (yet - I still have some faith).
What will it take for the community to wake up? An earlier post said "misery loves company". That should be on a Welcome to Derry sign.
Tammy

Katy, TX

#103 Aug 18, 2010
Megan,
Please accept my condolences. My brother is back home after being in PA and getting "hooked" on heroin. It is a HARD thing to go through, we WANT to help him, but cannot believe what we are hearing. I actually just last night received a message saying my mom had a stroke..........I about had a heart attack myself but found out it was AGAIN a LIE. I don't think they are all scum of the earth but right now I am SO disappointed in my brother for what he has taken from his family, and that is with him still alive. I am so so sorry for your pain and WISH another kid would learn from it, the problem is they ALL think "it won't be me who dies" My prayers are with you.
Chinenim wrote:
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.

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