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Watching Friends Recover From Addiction on Facebook

By Mr. Theklan via Flickr (CC by-sa 2.0)

By Mr. Theklan via Flickr (CC by-sa 2.0)

via The Atlantic:

Through likes and comments, I’ve watched my hometown of Perry, Ohio, disappear into and come back from heroin addiction.

The U.S. is facing a massive heroin epidemic, and nowhere is it more evident than in Ohio, where fatal drug overdoses surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in 2007, and increased by 60 percent from 2011 to 2012. Addicts in rehabilitation say heroin is the easiest drug to find. State legislators have called for Republican Governor John Kasich to declare the prevalence of heroin a public-health emergency, and in May he agreed to an Obamacare Medicaid expansion largely because the state badly needed the federal help in funding treatment for heroin addiction.

Perry, Ohio, is a microcosm of the epidemic, which is now infiltrating upper-middle-class suburbs. Thirty minutes east of Cleveland, the town of 1,500 has a median annual income $31,000 higher than that of Ohio overall, but it also lacks opportunities for young adults to start their lives.

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Kratom can reduce opiate addiction, get you high, and is legal in the US.

Mitragyna speciosa leaves by Uomo vitruviano via Wikimedia Commons.

Mitragyna speciosa leaves by Uomo vitruviano via Wikimedia Commons.

Have you tried Kratom?

via AlterNet:

Why are people across the U.S. chewing on the small, glossy leaves of the Southeast Asian Kratom tree? It’s an ancient plant medicine related to coffee, and it produces a high that’s both euphoric and legal. Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) has long been used in Thailand and Malaysia to relieve pain, settle the stomach and reduce opiate dependence. Now it’s taking off in the West.

According to SageWisdom.org, Kratom leaves can be chewed fresh or dry, powdered, or brewed into a tea. It is not usually smoked, because the “amount of leaf that constitutes a typical dose is too much to be smoked easily.” It’s most commonly sold in powder form in packets, both online and in kava bars—alcohol-free bars where people can consume tea made from the legal, Polynesian kava root— and head shops.

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Legal highs need regulation, not an outright ban

Bans don’t work. matthijs, CC BY-NC-ND

Bans don’t work. matthijs, CC BY-NC-ND

This article was originally published on The Conversation.
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By Matthew Warren, University of Oxford

A few doors down from my house, a man is selling drugs. He has herbs to smoke that could leave me happy and stoned and various white powders to ingest that could keep me partying all night. All this would be totally legal, because he runs my local head shop.

Such easy access means people succumb to buying these drugs. One in five freshers who are starting universities this month have admitted to trying one of these legal highs.

Like many countries, the UK is currently working out how to deal with legal highs, or, to use the proper nomenclature, New Psychoactive Substances (NPS). Over the past decade, the use of NPS has become increasingly common as more and more products and head shops enter the market.… Read the rest

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Men Charged With Distributing”Breaking Bad”-Branded Heroin

breakingbadHeroin? Really? Is it at least blue? Heisenberg would be very disappointed until the second he melted them both down with carbolic acid.

Two New York men were charged today with distributing “Breaking Bad”-branded heroin that was so potent it caused the overdose death of three users, according to federal officials.

Dennis Sica, 36, and John Rohlman, 25, are named in a criminal complaint charging them with conspiracy to distribute heroin, which carries a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison due to the deaths resulting from the drug’s sale.

The “Breaking Bad” heroin is seen in the above Drug Enforcement Administration evidence photo. The glassine envelopes are stamped with the logo from the popular cable TV drama about a high school chemistry teacher who turns into a methamphetamine trafficker.

According to prosecutors, the “Breaking Bad” heroin was “laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is significantly stronger than street heroin.” Sica and Rohlman have been accused of distributing the heroin between late-2013 and February 2014, when Sica was arrested for drug possession following a vehicle stop.

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Noise Complaint Make Cops Tase Grandma | Police Beat

Abby Martin goes over a round-up of some of the most outrageous recent police stories, including a noise complaint that turned into a SWAT team style raid and the sentencing of Occupy protestor, Cecily McMillan for assaulting a cop after having her breast grabbed.

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Heroin Addicts: Powerless to a Flower

Opium Poppy:  Papaver somniferum

Opium Poppy: Papaver somniferum

Editor’s Note: This opinion piece was written by a contributor. It examines substance addiction, a controversial topic. No endorsement is implied by its publication. The Disinformation Company encourages you to speak with your medical provider(s) regarding this or any other health-related topic.

An old drinking buddy of mine overdosed on heroin recently. He moved out to the Pacific Northwest to skate or die, and wound up doing both, joining a hundred other Americans who go out that way every day. I hadn’t seen or thought about him in years, but by coincidence, I was in town when he passed. A mutual friend told me there would be a memorial at a local skate park. I stopped by to pay my respects.

I found a bundle of droopy balloons hovering over beer can tabs, a condom wrapper, and a melted candle. Mourners had written dedications all over the squeaky balloon skins.… Read the rest

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What Americans Spend on Illegal Drugs

Number of Chronic Users of Cocaine, Heroin, and Meth (based on NSDUH) (RAND/ONDCP)

Number of Chronic Users of Cocaine, Heroin, and Meth (based on NSDUH) (RAND/ONDCP)

The RAND Corporation has prepared a facts and figures filled report for the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) entitled “What America’s Users Spend on Illegal Drugs: 2000-2010.” Make of it what you will (RAND and ONDCP aren’t exactly the most trusted institutions), but there’s plenty of interesting and thought-provoking information. You can find a PDF with the entire report here; this excerpt is from the executive summary:

A sense of scale is a prerequisite to thinking sensibly about illicit drug markets. For example, knowing whether a country consumes tens, hundreds, or thousands of metric tons (MTs) of a prohibited substance is critical for understanding the impact of a three-MT seizure at a border crossing. But decisionmakers need more than a sense of scale; they also need figures with enough precision to be able to determine whether the markets have become larger or smaller over time.

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Massachusetts Police Seize More Than 1,000 Bags Of “Obamacare” Heroin

obamacare_heroinSign up for yours today. NBC Connecticut reports:

Massachusetts State Police say they made a major drug bust early Friday morning after a traffic stop led them to more than 1,000 bags of heroin, many of which where labeled with bright red “Obamacare” stamps. Massachusetts State Police Trooper Joseph Petty was on a traffic stop in the area of Route 91 in Northampton when a vehicle passed him early this morning.

The trooper noticed several violations and stopped the car in Hatfield, a town about 30 miles north of Enfield, Conn. Inside the car, police found 1,250 bags of heroin. Many of the bags appear to be stamped with “Obamacare,” a common nickname for the federal health care overhaul.

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