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Country Mulls Plan for Heroin Epidemic: Give Them Heroin

Norway faces worst heroin mortality in Western Europe

(Newser) - If you can't cure heroin addicts, at least give them good-quality smack in a safe environment—or so say newly elected politicians in Norway. Facing a high national heroin-overdose rate, left-wing leaders in Oslo and Bergen want to treat hardcore addicts with a medical version of heroin that keeps... More »

Soon, Dublin Will Help Heroin Users Shoot Up

Gov't wants to treat substance abuse as public health issue, not a criminal one

(Newser) - Starting in 2016 in Dublin, heroin users will be able to head to a new injection center and shoot up "in a safe, secure, passionate environment" without risk of being arrested, Aodhan O'Riordain, Ireland's drug czar, tells AFP . Patrons will need to bring their own drugs and... More »

Son Charged With Murder in Case of Missing Parents

Kyle Navin was allegedly upset about being cut of his parents' will

(Newser) - The 27-year-old son of a Connecticut couple who mysteriously disappeared in early August was charged with their murders Friday night, the Hartford Courant reports. The story of Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin drew national attention this summer because the couple was more than $2 million in debt when they went missing.... More »

How a Tortured City Fought Back Against Heroin

Rutland is working to shed its reputation as 'heroin city'

(Newser) - Rutland, Vt., is fed up with heroin. Tom VanEps and his neighbors used to just watch, disgusted, as dealers worked Baxter Street, their buyers sometimes littering the ground with used syringes. Now, they confront the dealers and the junkies. "We'll make them throw their crap right down that... More »

After 74 People Overdose, Chicago Cops Arrest 2

Gang members suspected of supplying laced heroin

(Newser) - Chicago cops have arrested two alleged drug dealers who may be linked to a huge spike in heroin overdoses that nearly left the city littered with corpses. Alfonzo Sylvester, 24, and Mario Wofford, 26, both alleged members of the Unknown Lords gang, have been charged with possession of heroin with... More »

74 Drug Overdoses Reported Over 72 Hours in Chicago

Authorities suspect heroin laced with painkiller

(Newser) - Chicago authorities are scrambling after 74 heroin overdoses were reported in the 72 hours between Tuesday and Friday afternoon, more than double the overdose rate during the same time last year, NBC Chicago reports. Police suspect an "extremely strong batch of heroin" that's been laced the powerful painkiller... More »

Mom's Viral Photo Shows the Harsh Reality of Heroin

Eva Holland poses with her 2 kids next to their dad's dead body

(Newser) - An Ohio woman who lost the father of her two kids earlier this month responded by posting the rather jarring photo of herself and the children standing next to his open casket in an attempt to warn people about the harsh reality of heroin addiction, reports CBS News . The photo,... More »

One County Illustrates Just How Bad Heroin Epidemic Is

In one recent 70-minute span, 8 overdoses were reported

(Newser) - The Washington Post takes a look at the country's surging heroin epidemic by zeroing in on Pennsylvania’s Washington County, a place one local detective refers to as "ground zero" for heroin in the area. Last Sunday, in less than 70 minutes, eight heroin overdoses were recorded in... More »

The Wrenching Process of Weaning a Baby Off Heroin

The 'Washington Post' looks at one such baby

(Newser) - It's a cruel start to life: Entering the world and then entering rehab. It's a reality more newborns are facing, reports the Washington Post , which cites figures like this one: The percentage of NICU admissions for "neonatal abstinence syndrome" has increased fourfold over a span of nine... More »

New DEA Chief: Pot 'Probably Not' as Dangerous as Heroin

But 'I'm no expert,' Chuck Rosenberg adds

(Newser) - Marijuana advocates celebrated when DEA head Michele Leonhart stepped down , with a rep for the Marijuana Policy Project telling Bloomberg , that Leonhart held up an era of "Reefer Madness" at the DEA and "maintained an opinion about marijuana akin to the opinion people had back in the '... More »

Heroin Use Surges Among Women, Middle Class

Opioid painkillers might be the first entry point for many

(Newser) - The number of US heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, with the bulk of the increase among whites, according to a new government report. Other notable increases occurred among women and those considered to be in the middle class. Experts think the increase was driven... More »

Family Pens Blunt Obit for Woman Killed by Heroin OD

Molly Alice Parks 'made a lot of bad decisions,' including drugs

(Newser) - Molly Alice Parks died last week at 24, and when you read her obituary, you won't have to wonder about the tragedy that took her life at such a young age. The New Hampshire resident "passed away in Manchester on April 16, 2015, as the result of a... More »

Why Mom Wants You to See Photos of Dead Daughter

Jackie Smallwood hopes Summer Myers' death can save a life

(Newser) - Summer Myers was found in a polka-dot sundress on January 4, her body sprawled on a mattress in the filthy trailer she shared with her brother in Alaska. Her skin was purple. A needle, a tourniquet, and bottles of pills surrounded her. Paramedics declared her dead of an overdose at... More »

Addicts Find Ways Around 'Abuse-Deterrent' OxyContin

People find new ways to dissolve the pills—or turn to heroin, study says

(Newser) - When an "abuse-deterrent" version of OxyContin was introduced in 2010, the intent was clear: "to make OxyContin more difficult to solubilize or crush, thus discouraging abuse through injection and inhalation," the New England Journal of Medicine noted in 2012. Made with special binders, the revamped pills would... More »

Woman Calls Cop: Hi, Want to Buy My Drugs?

Unsurprisingly, he's interested in meeting up

(Newser) - Police say a woman selling drugs made a big mistake that landed her in jail—she mistakenly called an Albuquerque police detective. KOB-TV reports that 30-year-old Renea Lucero was arrested last week when she called the detective at his department-issued cellphone and made the officer an unexpected offer. Court documents... More »

How One Guy 'Hooked' a Small City on Heroin

Clean-cut Ory Joe Johnson changed life in Laramie, Wyoming

(Newser) - Laramie, Wyoming is a little city of about 31,000 known for its scenic location and good schools—so how did it and nearby towns fall victim to the nation's heroin trend? You can "thank" one guy, GQ reports: A high-IQ, clean-cut over-achiever named Ory Joe Johnson, who... More »

Jailhouse Smuggling 101: Don't Use Greeting Cards

Sender's method of getting heroin into Western Tidewater Regional Jail failed

(Newser) - Someone, somewhere, must be unaware jail officials screen mail before handing it over to inmates. While checking the post at Virginia's Western Tidewater Regional Jail last week, officials came across a homemade card with the gift of heroin inside, WTKR reports. This was no isolated incident: Officials have recently... More »

Reporter Next to Burning Heroin Can't Stop Giggling

BBC's Quentin Sommerville posts video of failed news report from Middle East

(Newser) - Christmas came early for BBC reporter Quentin Sommerville's nearly 25,000 Twitter followers after he posted a rather hazy link yesterday: footage of him reporting next to a pile of flaming drugs. Or trying to report, as he bursts into uncontrollable laughter just a few seconds into the taping.... More »

French Connection Smuggler Nabbed Once Again

73-year-old faces sentencing for another drug plot

(Newser) - Alfred Catino's criminal record is a colorful history of drug dealing and prison sentences dating back to the 1960s, when federal authorities say he was part of the French Connection heroin-smuggling ring that spawned an Oscar-winning movie of the same name. The 73-year-old's illicit career took him from... More »

Girl, 4, Hands Out Heroin at Daycare

Mom arrested after allegedly leaving drugs in backpack

(Newser) - A mother has been arrested after she allegedly handed her daughter a backpack full of heroin, which the girl took to daycare yesterday. The Delaware girl, age four, thought the white powder was candy and gave out bags to her classmates, daycare staff told police. And there were plenty of... More »

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