It’s back with a vengeance. I remember reading an article in Rolling Stone back in the 90′s–the writer referred to Seattle as “Heroin Central”. It’s not a claim to fame to be proud of, that’s for sure.
Heroin has reared its ugly head again like the monster we all know it to be…and it’s here in Seattle. Again. And in a big, cheap, deadly way.
[High school student] Hannah Muir knows.
“It’s the greatest thing on this planet. There’s nothing like it,” said Muir, a recovering heroin addict who has been clean for 110 days. “It’s easier than finding someone to buy you alcohol. It’s easier than finding weed. It’s easier than finding someone to buy you a pack of cigarettes.“
Good Lord. Reading those words turns my stomach. I’ve personally known a heroin addict, whom upon completing rehab still spoke about heroin as a lover for whom they still desired. I hope none of you ever experience the shit storm that heroin brings into family’s lives. There’s really only one thing that could be worse, and that would be the horrific and senseless death of the heroin addict.
Here’s the thing: The heroin that’s being sold and used today is not the heroin we used to hear about when rock stars and actors overdosed and died. It’s not the heroin junkies used on the streets in the inner city back in the day, either, which was maybe 5% pure, as it was cut with “fillers”, such as baby laxatives or powdered milk and even animal feces. Today’s heroin is up to 90% pure Mexican black tar, named for its dark, gooey consistency. Add to the equation that it’s easier to obtain heroin than weed…and it’s also much more affordable. I hear-tell one can obtain a gram of heroin for around $30 bucks. Jesus.
I hate to sound fatalistic, but you can be the best or worst parent in the world, but kids are still going to experiment. Heroin seems to have a “romanticism” about it–”Oh, hi, Kurt! Hey, Jimi–where’s Layne Staley and Andrew Wood, all of the Seattle musicians who OD’d on heroin? Oh, talking to Chris Farley, Mitch Hedberg and John Belushi? Hey, there’s DeeDee Ramone, Pete Farndon (The Pretenders), Billie Holiday, River Phoenix and 80′s painter, Jean-Michel Basquiat!” Yeah. Super-awesome. They’re all DEAD from heroin overdoses (along with a gunshot to the mouth for one Seattle musician, huh?).
Sorry, y’all, but heroin isn’t a rite of passage. It isn’t something “artists” are required to add to their own dark resume`. It’s a death sentence, plain and simple. You will end up alone, isolated, ostracized from your family and probably found bloated and dead with a needle in your arm. And now? Now we have SUPER-PURE HEROIN.
via Seattle Times:
The Cowlitz County, Wash., coroner says super-pure heroin is blamed for the deaths of seven people in the county in five days.
Coroner Tim Davidson told the Daily News on Wednesday ( http://is.gd/BYwzrU) that, in his words, “They’re dying with the syringe still in their hands.”
The victims include a man who died in a grocery store restroom and a man who died last Friday in Kelso but whose body was found Tuesday night along a creek.
Deputy Coroner Brett Dundas says medical examiners in Vancouver and Portland are also talking about the extremely pure heroin, sometimes called “hot heroin.”
Dundas says people who take the drug go into immediate respiratory failure.
This is heartbreaking, and sadly, I don’t see things getting better.