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New England Heroin Epidemic

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  • Center Left Democrat
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    Fayetteville, AR
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    The heroin epidemic isn't confined to New England. It is a serious problem in red states and blue states alike. It is not as simple as saying that it's a problem in one section of the country.

    Your new "home" state of Arkansas actually has one of the worst rates of overdose deaths per capita in the United States. It's slightly lower than your former "home" state of Pennsylvania, but not by much.


    My point is that the heroin epidemic is far more complicated than blaming a particular region. This epidemic started because Big Pharma convinced doctors that a host of various opioids were safe for consumption. They were prescribing these opioids to children as young as 12 and adults of all ages. It was the "cure all" drug until doctors began to realize that their patients were hooked. Then they stopped prescribing the drug and those people, who are now addicted to opioids, had to find another way to acquire them. It's no surprise that the spike in heroin use correlated with the slashing of prescriptions for OxyContin, Percocet, Palladone, Vicodin, Percodan, Tylox, and Demerol.

  • Center Left
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    I came from just east of Columbus, Ohio which is a city of about one million residents. Ohio is neither red or blue. I recently saw a show on National Geographic channel that discussed Heroin in Columbus. They said that last year more persons died from Heroin over doses than from traffic accidents(in Columbus). It's in fact a big problem that is tied to addiction of opiods. Regular / ordinary people get an injury, they get pain killers which may be too powerful. After taking them they are very used to feeling good. Heroin can be bought for small costs. Suddenly they can't get their pain killers but can get heroin for 20 or 25 dollars. That's how it starts. Because it's addictive, it goes seriously down hill from there.

    jared, I didn't fully read your reply. I now see some of what I said was already addressed.

  • Liberal
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    But, but, Gov LePage of Maine tells us it's all the result of those dark skinned drug salesmen going to "vacationland" to inseminate the young, white, local girls!

    What's the real truth here? Can it be many people become easily addicted to drugs, guns, sex, etc? Let's not forget that "original" Coke was made with the old fashion pick me up ingredient that it's name after!

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    TJ Wrote:

    I came from just east of Columbus, Ohio which is a city of about one million residents. Ohio is neither red or blue. I recently saw a show on National Geographic channel that discussed Heroin in Columbus. They said that last year more persons died from Heroin over doses than from traffic accidents(in Columbus). It's in fact a big problem that is tied to addiction of opiods. Regular / ordinary people get an injury, they get pain killers which may be too powerful. After taking them they are very used to feeling good. Heroin can be bought for small costs. Suddenly they can't get their pain killers but can get heroin for 20 or 25 dollars. That's how it starts. Because it's addictive, it goes seriously down hill from there.

    jared, I didn't fully read your reply. I now see some of what I said was already addressed.

    Tony, I hope that you now believe me that more people here get killed by that stuff and guns than terrorists, but our politicians keep screaming only about terrorists and want to expand our war industry. Sure that will help!!