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Mom Shares Pic of Dying Son as a Plea

A Canadian woman says her son who overdosed on fentanyl was not an addict

(Newser) - One mother in Canada is taking the heartbreak of losing her son to a fentanyl overdose and turning it into a poignant PSA on the dangers of the synthetic opioid. In a Facebook post, Sherri Kent shared a photo of her holding her dying 22-year-old son, Michael Kent, in his... More »

The 23-Year-Old Lost His Memory. Then Came the MRI

He's one of 14 patients to suffer from the newly named CHIAS in Massachusetts

(Newser) - Since 2012 , doctors in Massachusetts have observed a most unusual kind of patient just 14 times—or, 14 times that we know about. It all started with Max Meehan, who was taken to the hospital after his behavior freaked out his family: his memory had suddenly vanished. "The kid... More »

Dad Arrested After Boy, 13, Dies of Suspected Overdose

Robert Wylie previously charged with child endangerment

(Newser) - Fire officials found Robert Wylie banging on the door of the fire department, holding his 13-year-old son's unconscious body. But the doses of Narcan they administered couldn't save the teen. Nathan Wylie died of a suspected heroin overdose on Saturday, four days after he was taken to a... More »

Young Parents Fatally OD, Are Discovered by Their Kids

Spirit Airlines pilot Brian Halye and wife Courtney were in their 30s

(Newser) - Another wrenching story chalked up to opioids: A husband and wife in their 30s were found dead in their bedroom by their four children, reports NBC News . Police in Centerville, Ohio, received a 911 call about Brian Halye, 36, and his wife, Courtney, 34, Thursday morning from one of the... More »

Trump's Face Stamped on Seized Heroin

It's unclear why the drugs had the president's name and face on them

(Newser) - Scores of individually wrapped heroin packets seized during a Florida drug bust featured a certain famous likeness: that of President Donald Trump, the AP reports. According to the Tampa Bay Times , law enforcement officers seized the drugs Jan. 27 in Hernando County. Packets weren't only stamped with Trump's... More »

Alleged OITNB Drug Kingpin Loses US Court Case—Again

Buruji Kashamu is upset US agents helped Nigerian agents try to arrest him

(Newser) - An alleged drug kingpin—and current Nigerian senator—who played a major part in the real-life story behind Orange Is the New Black still can't sue the US government, Courthouse News reports. Buruji Kashamu's claim against the US government was dismissed in court for a third time Monday.... More »

Federal Prosecutor Opens Up About Son's Heroin Death

Erik Brandler died in 2007 at age 16

(Newser) - The phone at Bruce Brandler's home rang at 3:37am. It was the local hospital. His 16-year-old son was there. A suspected heroin overdose, the nurse said. Brandler didn't believe it. Erik had his problems, but heroin? It seemed impossible. Nearly 10 years later, the nation is gripped... More »

Couple's Fatal OD Has Another Deadly Consequence

Their infant died in the home days later

(Newser) - A fatal heroin overdose is almost commonplace these days. And news of a couple overdosing together isn't so unusual, either. But a case in Pennsylvania has just added another layer of tragedy to the surge in ODs. Police in Kernville say a man and woman died of a likely... More »

Man's New Car Starts Rattling for Very Illegal Reason

A cautionary tale on buying drug-smuggling cars seized by cops

(Newser) - A northern Kentucky man bothered by a rattle in a car he'd recently bought at an Ohio auto auction has found 2 pounds—or about $130,000—of heroin in a secret compartment inside the vehicle, reports the AP . "We went out to dinner one night and the... More »

'Deeply Concerning': 7 Die of ODs in 1 Day in Cleveland Area

Officials aren't sure what drug is to blame

(Newser) - Authorities are trying to discover the types of drugs involved in a spate of overdoses that killed seven people in the Cleveland area Sunday in the latest outbreak of drug overdoses in Ohio. Officials suspect they were either heroin or fentanyl, the AP reports. "This cluster of deaths is... More »

In 'Heartbreaking' Video, Toddler Tries to Wake Up ODed Mom

The 36-year-old woman is being charged with child endangerment

(Newser) - Instead of helping when a 36-year-old woman collapsed from an apparent overdose, leaving her 2-year-old daughter crying on the floor of a Family Dollar, a bystander whipped out their cellphone and started filming, WILX reports. And while police wish the bystander would have helped instead, they will be using the... More »

Selfie Shows Before and After of Heroin Addiction

Courtney, 24, is two years sober and hoping to inspire others to get clean

(Newser) - On Wednesday, a Reddit user named DisregardThisOrDont posted an incredibly powerful selfie, Stuff reports. The selfie—posted alongside a mugshot taken two years ago—is captioned: "Here is what 826 days sober looks like. Recovery is possible!" According to the Houston Chronicle , DisregardThisOrDont is a 24-year-old named Courtney.... More »

Canada Approves Prescription Heroin

It's given to users when other treatments fail

(Newser) - Canadian doctors dealing with patients who have proved unable to stop taking heroin can now go ahead and prescribe them heroin. Justin Trudeau's government has reinstated a policy that allows doctors to prescribe diacetylmorphine—pharmaceutical-grade heroin—to severely addicted patients if other methods of treatment fail, ABC News reports.... More »

New Home for Boy in SUV With Allegedly ODing Grandma

Cops say grandma, friend used heroin then drove with 4-year-old in car

(Newser) - Authorities have found a new home for a 4-year-old boy photographed in the backseat of an SUV while his grandma and her friend were apparently overdosing on heroin in the front seats, NBC News reports. According to USA Today , the photo was taken Sept. 7 by an Ohio police officer... More »

Addict Jailed for Sake of Unborn Baby

Alabama woman admitted to cops she was using heroin

(Newser) - In what police describe as "a sad case, no matter how you look at it," an Alabama judge has ordered a suspected drug addict to remain behind bars until she gives birth to her second child. Authorities say Alexandra Nicole Laird, 21, gave birth to a baby girl... More »

Heroin Epidemic Checks Into America's Libraries

Quiet public spaces prove attractive for addicts, see spike in overdoses

(Newser) - The same qualities that make libraries ideal for studying and reading—unfettered public access, quiet corners and nooks, minimal interaction with other people—also make them appealing places to shoot up heroin, reports the AP in a look at the trend. In Norfolk, Va., a 47-year-old man died after a... More »

Elephant Tranquilizer Confirmed in Fatal Overdoses

'A tiny bit can kill a person,' says expert

(Newser) - A coroner in Ohio has confirmed the country's first fatal drug overdoses caused by carfentanil —an animal tranquilizer so powerful that a dose smaller than a snowflake can kill a human. The cases come from Hamilton County, an area including Cincinnati, which has recorded more than 200 overdoses... More »

Heroin Being Cut With Drug That Can Kill an Elephant

2 counties in Indiana and Ohio had up to 60 ODs in a 2-day period this week

(Newser) - One hundred times more potent than the drug that played a role in killing Prince and 10,000 times stronger than morphine, carfentanil is the strongest opioid commercially available—an animal tranquilizer so lethal it can kill if absorbed through the skin and permanently take out a 7-ton elephant, per... More »

City Struggles to Respond to 27 Overdoses in Just 5 Hours

'It was basically like a mass casualty event'

(Newser) - Twenty-seven people overdosed in less than five hours Monday in one West Virginia city, USA Today reports. "It was basically like a mass casualty event," Cabell County EMS director Gordon Merry tells CNN . The first reported overdose in Huntington came in around 3:30pm, and ambulances and other... More »

Stealthily Driving the Heroin Epidemic: Legal Marijuana

Don Winslow makes the case in 'Esquire'

(Newser) - Much has been written about America's heroin problem, but a new piece in Esquire offers what might be the most provocative explanation yet: "Okay, I'm going to say it," writes Don Winslow. "The heroin epidemic was caused by the legalization of marijuana." When states... More »

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