Thursday, May 1, 2014

Peaches Geldof: Heroin likely played role in death, inquest hears - CNN.com

My prayers go out to the family of Peaches. Heroine is truly becoming
the drug of choice for people all over the country, the drug that was
once pictured in the average persons mind as a drug for the homeless,
poor and criminals is now one of the most popular drugs in America.

People
are wondering why heroine is becoming so popular and so easy for the
average person to buy, and I have one theory. Heroine itself is a very
strong opiate. Opiates are what is used by doctors to help people who
are in pain whether from accidents or disease and includes such
prescription medications as Vicodin, Percocet and Oxycontin. 



Lately
in a misguided attack on the war on drugs, federal and state
governments have been making the ability to obtain legal prescriptions
more difficult in an attempt to reduce the ability of opiate abusers and
addicts to obtain these medicines on the street but at the same time
they are making it more difficult for those that have documented medical
reasons for using these medications prescribed by their personal
physicians.



As usually is the case the original idea
that these officials had was probably a good idea and in some ways it
has worked, the amount of opiates available on the street has been
reduced which has caused the amount people pay for it to go up. In the
process in many areas of the country the price of buying a few Vicodin's
on the street is now more expensive then heroine.



What
law enforcement did not think about, if someone is abusing opiate
medications and are not using them for a medical condition, but instead
to get high they probably weren't getting them from their doctor in the
first place and if they want them they are going to find them, but
because the prices are rising these people that where abusing, say,
Oxycontin are now turning to buying heroine instead.



Now
the worse part, in states like Washington which now has very strict
prescription laws some of these patients who are suffering from chronic
pain from diseases such as arthritis, fibromyalgia or accidents are also
having a more difficult time getting the prescriptions they require as
close to a normal life as possible.



The problem of
course with heroine is it is made by people in their own homes for sale
on the streets, which means these users never know for sure what they
are getting, for example a few months back when there was a rash of
overdose deaths on the East Coast because the producers where mixing
Fentanyl another strong opioid usually prescribed in the form of patches
that go on the skin or even suckers, but the combination of these two
mixed together killed many people, just an example of how people don't
know what they are getting buying this stuff on the streets.






Peaches Geldof: Heroin likely played role in death, inquest hears - CNN.com