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Peaches Geldof Was Heroin Addict: Husband

Drugs found in system too pure for relapsed addict, inquest hears

(Newser) - A coroner has ruled that Peaches Geldof did, indeed, die of a heroin overdose , and her husband, Thomas Cohen, admitted at the inquest looking into her April death that she was using again shortly before her death, the Guardian reports. The 25-year-old mother of two had been taking methadone for... More »

Call Girl Accused in Heroin Murder Linked to 2nd Death

Police in Georgia reopen earlier case involving her boyfriend

(Newser) - Two months before Forrest Timothy Hayes was allegedly murdered by high-end prostitute Alix Tichelman, a Georgia nightclub owner whom Tichelman identified as her boyfriend died of what appeared to be a heroin and alcohol overdose, reports CNN . Now, in the wake of Hayes' death, that case is being reopened “... More »

Cops: Call Girl Gave Google Exec Fatal Heroin OD, Left

High-priced escort even had a glass of wine before she fled, say police

(Newser) - A high-end prostitute from Georgia was arrested Friday in California for allegedly causing a Google exec’s heroin overdose, then leaving him to die on his 50-foot yacht. Police say that Alix Catherine Tichelman, 26, rendezvoused with 51-year-old Forrest Timothy Hayes last November in Santa Cruz on his luxury watercraft,... More »

To Combat Heroin Epidemic, Judges Use Other Needles

Use of Vivitrol is on the rise

(Newser) - With heroin use on the rise , more judges and corrections officials are turning to another injectable to fight the drug: They're offering Vivitrol, an opiate blocker, to heroin users they encounter. The drug uses naltrexone, which is also used to combat alcoholism , to block heroin's effects on the... More »

Police Chief Accused of Dating Fugitive Heroin Addict

Lucas Mace faces 12 criminal counts in Ohio village

(Newser) - A former Ohio police chief is facing 12 criminal charges for allegedly harboring a woman sought on drug charges—and dating her in his spare time, Raw Story reports. As police chief of Glouster, Ohio (population 1,800), Lucas Mace met 23-year-old Hillary Hooper on the scene of a traffic... More »

New Face of Heroin: White Suburbanite

Researchers attribute rise to prescription drugs

(Newser) - Not too long ago, the profile of the typical heroin user was pretty straightforward: an inner-city male about age 16. No more, says a new study in JAMA Psychiatry . Thanks in part to the surging use of prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin, today's typical first-time heroin user... More »

NYPD Cops' New Weapon: Heroin Antidote

About 20K cops will be armed with naloxone

(Newser) - Heroin use is spiking so dramatically that the NYPD is adding a new tool to its arsenal: an antidote. About 20,000 officers, or more than half the force, will soon start carrying the drug naloxone to treat drug users suffering an overdose, reports the Daily News . The kits cost... More »

First-Grader Gave Out Grandma's Heroin: DA

7-year-old allegedly brought misplaced drugs into school

(Newser) - Babysitting her grandson, a Pennsylvania grandmother misplaced her heroin—and it turned up in the 7-year-old's pockets at school a few days later, CNN reports. So says the district attorney, who warns that "any exposure to heroin for a young child is likely to result in death."... More »

Peaches Geldof Overdosed on Heroin: Report

It's not clear how she got the drugs

(Newser) - Toxicology tests show that Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose, according to the Times , which says the results will be announced at an inquest hearing today. Police found no evidence of drugs near the 25-year-old's body, and Geldof had repeatedly insisted her drug-taking days were behind her. (The... More »

Cops: On-Duty Bus Driver Ferried $3M in Drugs

Bronx man gets caught in federal sting

(Newser) - Passengers aboard a Bronx city bus last week might have been surprised to learn that a major drug deal was taking place in front of them. And as the Daily News reports, it was the driver himself who ended up in handcuffs. The tale of the unusual bust involving 8... More »

Woman Busted Peddling Heroin —From Her Hospital Bed

She allegedly admits injecting it in own IV, too

(Newser) - Lori Sullenberger allegedly wasn't going to let anything get in the way of her drug dealing—not even a stay in intensive care. Police say the 38-year-old Pennsylvania woman went into the hospital April 14 for an unrelated medical problem, and hospital staff noticed, as a hospital spokesperson puts... More »

Clerk's Good Deed Ends in Cop Chase, Heroin Bust

Driver didn't realize she was being pursued for a good reason

(Newser) - When her cellmate asks, "How'd you get arrested?" Florida's Christina Hines, 30, has good reason to either laugh or cry. As WKMG reports, it all started when she accidentally left a $50 bill behind at a gas station. The clerk ran outside after her but was too... More »

Suspect's Giveaway: He Was 'Walking Awkwardly'

Police say they found heroin in man's underwear at JFK Airport

(Newser) - Pro tip: If you're going to smuggle heroin in your underwear, try to walk like a normal person while doing so. Bernard Charles apparently couldn't manage that, so when Customs and Border Protection officers spotted him "walking awkwardly" at New York's JFK Airport on April 1,... More »

You'll Soon Be Able to Buy Heroin Overdose Antidote

Gets FDA's OK

(Newser) - Friends and family will be now able to take the first step to save a loved one from an overdose of heroin or powerful painkillers called opioids, including OxyContin and Vicodin. The Food and Drug Administration has approved an easy-to-use device that automatically injects the right dose of an overdose... More »

Officials: NY Suspect Had Hoffman's Cell Number

Jazzman 'turned to dealing when gigs dried up'

(Newser) - A struggling jazzman busted in a drug raid linked to the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman had the actor's phone number in his cell phone, law enforcement officials say. Robert Vineberg, 57, is among three people facing drug charges after the raid, reports the Wall Street Journal . He has... More »

4 Arrests Tied to Philip Seymour Hoffman Death?

Cops nab suspected dealers in NYC raids

(Newser) - Have police found the dealers who sold the heroin believed to have killed Philip Seymour Hoffman ? Four suspected dealers were busted in New York City after a tip-off last night, but it's not clear whether they were the actor's direct suppliers or part of a larger ring,... More »

How to Save Heroin Addicts

Experts weigh in on changes that should be made to treatment

(Newser) - Could Philip Seymour Hoffman have been saved? That's what two columns are arguing today:
  • On CNN , drug experts Ethan Nadelmann and Tony Newman outline a 7-step plan to stop overdoses—105 people in the US die each day from heroin or pharmaceutical opioid ODs. The first step: Make treatment
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Report: 50 Envelopes at Hoffman's Likely Heroin

Along with more than 20 used needles

(Newser) - We're still waiting for the results of Philip Seymour Hoffman's autopsy, which will be completed later today, but a search of his home makes the prevailing heroin overdose theory look seriously likely. Authorities found nearly 50 envelopes of what they think is heroin in the apartment, along with... More »

Inside Philip Seymour Hoffman's Last Hours

Witness thinks he saw actor buying drugs the night before he was found dead

(Newser) - The night before Philip Seymour Hoffman was f ound dead in his New York City apartment , he had dinner at a West Village restaurant with two other men around 7pm, opting for cranberry soda instead of alcohol, a manager tells E! . But an hour later, was he buying drugs? A... More »

Senator's Son Busted on Heroin Charge

Cops say Mark Udall's son was seen breaking into cars

(Newser) - More heartbreak for the family of Sen. Mark Udall: The Democratic senator's son was arrested yesterday after he was spotted breaking into cars, and police found heroin in his pocket. Jedediah Lee Fox-Udall was freed on $1,500 bond, reports the Boulder Daily Camera , which notes that the 26-year-old... More »

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