Sentences to ponder heroin markets in everywhere

by on March 8, 2014 at 3:57 am in Economics, Law | Permalink

Stephanie Predel, a stick-thin 23-year-old freshly out of jail, said she was off heroin. But she knows precisely where she could get more drugs if she ever wanted them — at the support meetings for addicts.

“I can get most of my drugs right at the meeting,” she said. “Drug dealers go because they know they’re going to get business.” She added, “People are going into the bathroom to get high.”

Bennington, a pre-Revolutionary town of 17,000 people, presents another face of the heroin epidemic that has swept through Vermont.

There is more hereThis article suggests that the crackown on prescription drug abuse helped fuel a surge of interest in heroin.  And here is a story on Vermonters for a New Economy.

prior_approval March 8, 2014 at 4:36 am

‘This article suggests that the crackown on prescription drug abuse helped fuel a surge of interest in heroin’

And the idea that the ‘prescription drug abuse’ was not the gateway into a problem that certainly seemed under control in the early 1990s is apparently not discussed.

As if the manufacturers of the prescription drug were less interested in profit than any other pharmaceutical company.

Including this – ‘In May 2007 the company pleaded guilty to misleading the public about Oxycontin’s risk of addiction, and agreed to pay $600 million in one of the largest pharmaceutical settlements in U.S. history. Its president, top lawyer, and former chief medical officer pleaded guilty as individuals to misbranding charges, a criminal violation, and agreed to pay a total of $34.5 million in fines.[10][11] In addition three top executives were charged with a felony and sentenced to 400 hours of community service in drug treatment programs.’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purdue_Pharma

It is a basic lesson – never trust a drug dealer, whether corporate or freelance.

Philip March 8, 2014 at 6:01 am

This is exactly what Jessie (tried) to do in Breaking Bad.

Bill Harshaw March 8, 2014 at 9:17 am

If memory serves, also in Nurse Jackie with Jake Cannavale.

Age Of Doubt March 8, 2014 at 7:16 am

Anyone thinking these opportunistic drug dealers are scumbags, this is the entire basis for targeted marketing: waiting to ambush you are most pliable.

Duracomm March 8, 2014 at 8:18 am

I see the dependably gullible prior approval has swallowed the big government drug war industrial complex propaganda whole and regurgitated in on in one ugly chunk at the top of the thread.

Biology means some people are likely to have issues with opiate use. Government policy has taken this biological fact an turned it into a policy disaster.

What gets missed in the hysteria surrounding the issue is the exceedingly vulnerable population that has to have opiates. Pain patients and their cruel and unnecessary suffering is a direct results of the gullibility and lack of critical thinking on the part of folks like prior approval.

The New Panic Over Prescription Painkillers

Studies consistently show that chronic pain is tragically undertreated in the U.S. (and around the world).

Last June, an Institute of Medicine report called undertreated pain a “public health crisis” that affects 116 million Americans, and costs the economy around a half-trillion dollars per year in medical bills and lost productivity.

The same month, three pain-related articles in the Lancet focusing on post-operative, cancer related, and non-cancer related pain, respectively, found mass undertreatment in all three areas.

Immense amounts of human suffering directly caused by yet another failed big government program..

After a series of high-profile prosecutions of doctors, one pain specialist told the Wall Street Journal in 2004, “I will never treat pain patients again.” Another told Time, “I tend to underprescribe instead of using stronger drugs that could really help my patients. I can’t afford to lose my ability to support my family.

The Village Voice reported in 2003 that medical schools had begun advising students, “not to choose pain management as a career because the field is too fraught with legal dangers.”

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Daniel March 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Thank you. This is the sort of thing that needs to be shouted from rooftops.

Also – there are two kinds of people. People who oppose the war on drugs – and evil people.

Jack March 8, 2014 at 9:38 am

OxyContin—–a most powerful opiate. Who in the world would
believe it wasn’t addicting?

Caveat Emptor, fools.

Chris Hansen March 8, 2014 at 10:23 am

You had me at “stick-thin” but you lost me at “jail”.

benjamin cole March 8, 2014 at 10:50 am

We made Afghanistan into a military protectorate…to supply opium to the world. Part of the War for Drugs…

Z March 8, 2014 at 1:07 pm

My instincts tell me there’s some BS here with the lefty tub thumping about Vermont’s alleged drug problem. According to the NSDUH results, Vermont has 3479 heroine addicts. The state has 625,000 people. Baltimore, a city with the same population as Vermont, has 60,000 heroine addicts. Baltimore has more heroine addicts that Vermont has drug addicts and alcoholics combined.

Vermont does not have a heroine problem. It has a heroine hobby.

Z March 8, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Yes, I know I spelled heroin wrong, but my stupid spell check keeps changing it so I gave up. And I got rid of that spell check add-on.

Rahul March 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Perhaps it’s about your priors? No one is surprised to hear of grubby Baltimore’s drug problem; it’s as if people just expect it to be. OTOH Vermont is supposed to be all rustic & unspoiled?

Brenton March 8, 2014 at 2:49 pm

I knew Baltimore had great heroin and a lot of heroin users but wow, that’s an amazingly high number. (two sources I read said 40,000 and 60,000) I do wonder though if they’re actually counting heroin addicts or merely people who have used heroin and calling them addicts for using heroin. Like the loaded term ‘drug abusers’, there are a lot of lies, damn lies, and statistics when it comes to drug use in the USA.

Z March 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Baltimore is an excellent drug distribution hub. They have a big and active port so a lot of drugs come in that way. I95 is right there, plus a variety of train lines. Shipping drugs by rail sounds odd, but the Feds don’t monitor the rail lines like they do airports. Of course, you have a large native population steeped in the drug game going back fifty years. There are corner boys in Baltimore working the same spots their great grandfathers worked in the 60’s.

y81 March 8, 2014 at 8:13 pm

It’s funny: the drug addict says dealers hang around the rehab center; the goo-goo municipal official says it’s a canard that rehab centers bring in more drug dealers. You decide, but if you believe a government official, you are a fool.

Ed March 9, 2014 at 4:56 am

The other link leads to an article which says that Vermonters in several towns voted in favor of the State starting and running a “public bank” and other towns which passed non-binding resolutions against an oil pipeline.

Any connection to the heroin epidemic?

My sense is that Vermonters seem to have it too easy. Beautiful vistas, charming country villages yes. But not enough people engaged in actual economic activity and fewer still who understand how that ecomomic activity seldom comes as a rusult of central planning and targetted state-controlled investments in the “right” industries.

A lot of Vermonters are transplants from elsewhere who want a change of life and idolize the rural and farming aspects. But there are darn few opportunities for the young people who don’t have a trust fund and can’t go out of state. Thus they turn to heroin or other drugs.

Russell March 10, 2014 at 12:05 am

>Thus they turn to heroin or other drugs.

Why does anyone state it that way, as if “turning to” heroin isn’t almost certainly suicidal.

WhyWhyWhyWhyWhyWhyWhy

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