Thursday, April 7, 2016

Drug Deaths Continue On The Shore


The Drug Epidemic on the shore continues to spiral out of control. I was pleased to see local leaders come up with ideas to combat the issue, but sadly nothing can stop this dark train sweeping through the area taking lives along the way. 

I have seen first hand from my experience years ago with the lady knocking on my door telling me her friend was dead, what the real toll of drug use is doing to people . 

Heroin, cocaine, crack are black cards of death that continue to get people addicted and lead them in a downward spiral. Yesterday the public got to see it played out with the loss in Fruitland Walmart parking lot. 

Please do not even start doing drugs, once you start it may be impossible for you to stop and trust me your life is far more precious than what is in that syringe

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can't remember exactly where I read this because I read about a dozen different online newspapers a day but I believe it was the news from the Martinsburg WV/Hagerstown area. They are partially blaming heroin overdose deaths on Narcan the opiate antidote. This is emboldening users who think of Narcan as a safety net used by first responders if they do overdoes. The article stated that paramedics are finding themselves responding to the same persons over and over for overdoses who are being brought back around by Narcan. In hindsight it was not a very good thing to publicly announce that paramedics and sometimes police have Narcan available.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, addiction is a strong and deadly disease. When medications like Oxycontin came on the market with "no addictive qualities" as advertised by Purdue Pharma, more and more people became addicted to opiate pain killers. Of course, recently, several doctors in the area have been shut down who were over prescribing opiate pain killers with no plan for their patients. 95% of heroin addicts on the shore were initially prescribed opiate pain killers by their physicians and became addicted. When they could no longer get the pain killers, many turned to heroin. An addict is not thinking about Narcan when he or she uses. An addict is just trying to feel normal and avoid withdrawal.

Anonymous said...

Yes please dont start doing drugs, its a disease, Not only do it hrt you its very painful to the family!! I have a son who has been on drugs for 3 yrs now, i have been there to back him up everyday, but i have come to tough love and let go hoping he relises then pain & hurt he is doing to me! Dont get me wrong, I love him dearly and think about him everyday. When I see it on the news about OD, the first thing crosses my mind. It's him! Please think about your life and the family members. Not a day goes by that I don't cry & wonder is he OK

couldn't care less. said...

YOU PLAY U PAY.

Anonymous said...

"95% of heroin addicts on the shore were initially prescribed opiate pain killers by their physicians and became addicted."


This is NOT true. Only a very small percentage of heroin addicts/users were ever prescribed any type of pain killer by a physician. Most have never even seen a prescription pain killer. Some have purchased them illegally to use but to say that 95% of the shore's addicts were prescribed opiate pain killers by their physicians is unequivocally without any doubts false.
To falsely claim addiction is a disease only adds to the problem. It is not a disease, not by anyone's stretch of the imagination. It is a weakness, a lack of will power and lack of commitment and a complete lifestyle change including getting rid of any "friends" who are users and cutting ties w/ family members who are users. To say it is a disease only gives an excuse to a user and is counterproductive.

Anonymous said...

"An addict is not thinking about Narcan when he or she uses"


LOL D0 you wanna bet? FYI every single user/addict is thinking about it. Not only that there's a myth going around among users that if someone is actively overdosing a shot of meth will bring them around which is not true and can be more deadly. Please please please educate yourself.

Anonymous said...

Addiction is NOT a disease. The fact is most addictions end spontaneously without treatment of any kind. Many military members came home from Vietnam heroin addicted. 75% kicked the drug when they returned home to the US where it wasn't readily available.
A real true disease such as cancer, diabetes, etc simply are not going to go away because someone decided to be cancer or diabetes free.
Addiction is NOT a disease. It is a bad nasty habit and just like any habit it's an exercise of will to break the bad habit.

Anonymous said...

12:33 Yes they are thinking about Narcan when they are using. Go to any of the many heroin drug users message boards and they are ecstatic about Narcan being used by first responders and comment on and on about how this can save them. They say $5 gets you high and how $10 could before kill you but with Narcan they can do $15 worth and feel safe because now they don't have to waste time getting to the ER for reversal drugs.

Anonymous said...

Really?????? Just stfu NOW

Ab Ford said...

I am from that area and they are having a difficult time in Mtsbg.WV. They revive them, and send them on their way. As sad as it is, people on Facebook cheer when it happens, and boo when they are able to revive them. Prime example is the Panhandle Police Blotter. This has also touched my family. Doctors in that area are hard to find. You have to have $535 a month in cash, to handover to the drive thru doctor and pharmacy. Even though they know heroin is deadly, they look for the high, not death. Take them to jail and lock them up is a start. It just may save their life.

Anonymous said...

Taking them to jail and locking them up is a very good start Ab Ford. While in jail they can go through withdraws and if they are serious about stopping the second they step foot out of jail they need to throw away their cell phones and get rid of any and all social media accounts. It's a complete lifestyle change which most importantly means getting away from other users.

Anonymous said...

" An addict is not thinking about Narcan when he or she uses."

Yes addicts most certainly are thinking about Narcan when they use. They think about it all the time and it's become a huge problem and has added to it. In Baltimore area alone police and EMS can tell story after story of reviving the same person multiple times. Users openly admit that Narcan's availability has caused them to push their drug use over the edge and take chances they wouldn't have before. Users admit to becoming more reckless because of it. And because many feel the overdose possibility has been taken away because of Narcan they are more open to using.

Anonymous said...

Check the wal mart cameras bet you will see the drug dealers car parked talking to them just before the overdose.

Anonymous said...

10-04 1:15pm

Anonymous said...

When someone dies from a drug overdose addicts want that particular drug even more. . Why is that?

Anonymous said...

8:24 Because they think thats the best dope out .

Anonymous said...

People as a whole should be mad at this on so many levels, yes they do take more risks. Now a man at the boat ramp in the summer has the start of a heart attack I as a first responder (police) get there long before EMS volunteers. I can't give this man a baby asprin, it's against the Maryland law however I can show up first at an overdose give a drug that I am now mandated to carry and train to give (not a pill by the way)and no liability. To make things worst with needles and spoons and dope on the table I can't arrest or charge them cause now they are the victim. The country as a whole has gone to hell, God can't be happy with his people.

Anonymous said...

Not so long ago I read in somewhere that Narcan kits were found by police in a dealers house. They were selling those too!

Anonymous said...

Do you really think it's not available in jails?! Its easier to get drugs in jail than on the street! Locking up addicts is NOT the answer. Rehad center and treatment facilities is.

Anonymous said...

No it is NOT easier to get drugs in jail! The ONLY answer is a complete commitment on the part of the addict to want to stop. Anyone committed can stop using at any time. Lack of rehab facilities and treatment centers are nothing more than an excuse.

Anonymous said...

1:51 Ive been in jail and prison it is easier in there price just a little higher .

Anonymous said...

5 deaths in Snow Hill in the last month from Heroin is too much. A recent meeting in Worcester County (Thursday evening) described a horrible problem that is affecting the lives of people like you and me. This is nothing to laugh at. The current heroin in the area is laced with fentanyl and is deadly. I encourage you to get educated and realize the problem we have needs to be addressed.
I am a concerned citizen who has no relation to drugs users or sellers but people in our area need to realize just how bad it is. I was shocked when it came to my town and began to affect neighbors and businessmen.

Heat It Up! said...

Why is there no mention. About the young McDonald's worker that overdosed and died last month. She was with her boyfriend. What ever happened to him? What happened with her children? What about family? Where are these people now? Why doesn't she have an obituary? Why isn't anyone telling her story to educate others?

Anonymous said...

Jail I don't think so more like rehab because when martinsburg locks u up they make u kick ur habit cold turkey and that will kill ur ass.They should have a suboxin program like a drug program while incarnatioed.