Multiple Heroin Overdoses in Same Region of Virginia

There are 55 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from May 16, 2013, titled Multiple Heroin Overdoses in Same Region of Virginia. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

In the past week at least, nine people in the region - two have died - from what police attribute to heroin overdose.

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Aunt Bea

Richmond, VA

#1 May 17, 2013
They didn't feel a thing.
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#2 May 17, 2013
Culpeper!
helpful

AOL

#3 May 17, 2013
Might be super Heroin, which can OD a person who is not used to higher grade than usual. Or the Heroin could have been cut with something toxic. Either way its so very unfortunate. It would be helpful if the police were less interested in Nailing the users, and more interested in prosecuting the dealers. And if the public like the 2 boneheads above, had some compassion for addiction rather than flip speak and crude "humor" Be glad its not your family member who needs help.. and if you know an addict be helpful not punishing...
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#4 May 17, 2013
It's 1.7 miles long. Its surface is covered in a sticky black substance similar to the gunk at the bottom of a barbecue. If it impacted Earth it would probably result in global extinction.

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/scienceno...

heroin addicts lack willpower
Crack Scooter

Moneta, VA

#5 May 18, 2013
Those who write and supply their own prescriptions should expect the occasional bump in the road.
Who knows

Lyndhurst, VA

#6 May 18, 2013
Why call for help when you self-administer an illegal drug???? The very first time you use heroin, you know the consequences, including death, so it's your informed choice. Why should police even bother to save a person who is exercising their constitutional right to free choice????

Compassion for addiction????? Why???? A person gets addicted after willfully ingesting an illegal, addictive substance many times. They make an informed decision to become addicted. They decide they know what is best for their own life and no law is going to stop them from living their life as they wish. Such is the beauty of the freedoms afforded those who live in America.

“Equal Opportunity Not Results!”

Since: Nov 08

Charlottesville

#7 May 18, 2013
"Members of the joint sheriff and police Culpeper Street Crimes Unit and DEA are working to determine the origin of these lethal drugs".

That's easy...it's originates south of the border with the same cartels that traffic weed and coke. It's being transported by those illegals that the open border crowd says are just coming here for a better life.

Go round up every MS 13 member you can find and you'll put a dent in the problem.
Dude

Bumpass, VA

#8 May 18, 2013
Who knows wrote:
Why call for help when you self-administer an illegal drug???? The very first time you use heroin, you know the consequences, including death, so it's your informed choice. Why should police even bother to save a person who is exercising their constitutional right to free choice????
Compassion for addiction????? Why???? A person gets addicted after willfully ingesting an illegal, addictive substance many times. They make an informed decision to become addicted. They decide they know what is best for their own life and no law is going to stop them from living their life as they wish. Such is the beauty of the freedoms afforded those who live in America.
Exactly, why even make it illegal? People know the consequences.
Liberalace

Charlottesville, VA

#9 May 18, 2013
Crack Scooter wrote:
Those who write and supply their own prescriptions should expect the occasional bump in the road.
And those who write their own press releases should beware of grammatical bumps in the road. Obviously, the person who wrote this press release cannot write. Check out that first sentence...a real prize!

Now I know why we pay Lee Catlin six figures to produce nonsense in our fair county. Or do I REALLY know why we pay her?

R.I.P.: Les Keiter
Dude

Bumpass, VA

#10 May 18, 2013
C-Ville Patriot wrote:
"Members of the joint sheriff and police Culpeper Street Crimes Unit and DEA are working to determine the origin of these lethal drugs".
That's easy...it's originates south of the border with the same cartels that traffic weed and coke. It's being transported by those illegals that the open border crowd says are just coming here for a better life.
Go round up every MS 13 member you can find and you'll put a dent in the problem.
Right, because poppy fields are endemic to Central America.
Who knows

Lyndhurst, VA

#11 May 18, 2013
Dude wrote:
<quoted text>Exactly, why even make it illegal? People know the consequences.
That's the same argument put forth to end prohibition to make alcohol legal--you see how well that worked. Rehab for those "poor alcoholics" is a booming business. DUIs became a thing of the past once alcohol became legal to consume--NOT! My child is still alive and not buried in the ground, because making alcohol legal stopped drunk driving--in my dreams.
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#12 May 18, 2013
Who knows wrote:
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That's the same argument put forth to end prohibition to make alcohol legal--you see how well that worked. Rehab for those "poor alcoholics" is a booming business. DUIs became a thing of the past once alcohol became legal to consume--NOT! My child is still alive and not buried in the ground, because making alcohol legal stopped drunk driving--in my dreams.
It's illegal to DUI.
Texting / talking on the phone is not illegal until you do it driving.
Hmmmmm

Charlottesville, VA

#13 May 18, 2013
Dude wrote:
<quoted text>Exactly, why even make it illegal? People know the consequences.
That's what I'm thinking.

The actual physiological effects of opiates on the body are really not that bad. I'm well aware that that's not what it looks like - heroin addiction appears to be very harmful to physical and mental health. But most of the observed effects actually come from the fact that it is illegal. People end up with who-knows-what in the supply. They have to pay a lot and because it is an addiction (that goes beyond mere "will power" - its not just a mental state) end up doing stupid things with money including ending up with substandard diets and living situations. They end up having to deal with seedy underworlds. As with most drugs, heroin would be much safer both for the public and for addicts if it was illegal.

If the logic for illegality is now to prevent addiction and keep people "sober" so they don't turn into drop out bums then its time to go after alcohol again. Of course, we already know that Prohibition caused many more problems than it solved. We just seem to have learned little to nothing from that whole episode.
Hmmmmm

Charlottesville, VA

#14 May 18, 2013
Who knows wrote:
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That's the same argument put forth to end prohibition to make alcohol legal--you see how well that worked. Rehab for those "poor alcoholics" is a booming business. DUIs became a thing of the past once alcohol became legal to consume--NOT! My child is still alive and not buried in the ground, because making alcohol legal stopped drunk driving--in my dreams.
Well, if you want to now outlaw everything that might endanger users or the public then buy a whole pack of pens and a roll of toilet paper. It will be a long list.

I don't care what you say though - I'm not handing my chainsaw over.

“Equal Opportunity Not Results!”

Since: Nov 08

Charlottesville

#15 May 18, 2013
Dude wrote:
<quoted text>Right, because poppy fields are endemic to Central America.
No...., but it's where the cartels get most of the Heroin into the country. Using the same distribution networks that they use for the other drugs.
Dude

Bumpass, VA

#16 May 18, 2013
C-Ville Patriot wrote:
<quoted text>No...., but it's where the cartels get most of the Heroin into the country. Using the same distribution networks that they use for the other drugs.
So if you legalize it you disable cartels?
Hmmmmm

Charlottesville, VA

#17 May 18, 2013
Dude wrote:
<quoted text>So if you legalize it you disable cartels?
Exactly. But don't ask people to get over their Victorian abhorrence to intoxication. In the end, intoxication is, in and of itself, inherently wrong. Apparently supporting drug cartels is fine so long as you can continue the moral crusade against the evils of intoxication.
Dude

Bumpass, VA

#18 May 18, 2013
Hmmmmm wrote:
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Exactly. But don't ask people to get over their Victorian abhorrence to intoxication. In the end, intoxication is, in and of itself, inherently wrong. Apparently supporting drug cartels is fine so long as you can continue the moral crusade against the evils of intoxication.
Is it ironic or a humorless paradox that those that scream for personal accountability and less governmental interventionism scream out the other side of their mouths for more of it? Toddler's at bedtime, they want their liberty when it suits them, yet have no problems using the government to infringe on others.
EBT Escalade

Farmville, VA

#19 May 18, 2013
Why not just give the stuff away and help the dead weight take themselves off the welfare rolls? The national debt could be radically cut in a matter of months.
Hmmmmm

Charlottesville, VA

#20 May 18, 2013
EBT Escalade wrote:
Why not just give the stuff away and help the dead weight take themselves off the welfare rolls? The national debt could be radically cut in a matter of months.
One could think that - if they didn't know s h i zzzzz about the federal budget and national debt.

If any of you seriously believe that deadbeat public assistance recipients are seriously part of our national budget issues, then I encourage you to go actually find out. The info is all out there. Look at the fed budget. Pull out the social spending part. Then pull out social security and medicare. Then dissect what is left to find how much the "deadbeat moochers" actually cost. You will be down to pennies on the dollar.

Almost all social spending goes to the elderly, the disable, and WORKING families. To try to say or imply otherwise is ignorant at best or dishonest at worst.

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