The issue of cheap heroin dangers is back in the news as New York police investigating the death of Oscar-winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman work to determine if he was exposed to fentanyl-laced heroin linked to at least 64 deaths in the Northeast.
Hoffman, who won an Oscar for best actor for his role in “Capote,” can be seen in this clip from the film:
“I’m amazed at the dangers of laced heroin and the lengths people will go to get that high,” said Katie Burton, who has a 19-year-old sister. “It really makes me worry about heroin laced with fentanyl.”
Fentanyl-laced heroin is now linked to 37 deaths in Maryland, 22 deaths in Pennsylvania and 5 deaths in New York. Fentanyl is a pain-killing narcotic normally prescribed to cancer patients for severe, chronic pain.
From 2007 to 2012, the number of Americans using heroin nearly doubled, from 373,000 to 699,000, according to the federal government’s most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, released last fall.
“The dangers of laced heroin increase the already-addictive affect of the substance,” said Nathan Lafionatis, who is the father of a elementary school student.
The ease of access and cheap cost concerns parents and relatives like Burton and Lafionatis.
An OxyContin pill costs as much as $100 in the underground marketplace, while heroin ranges from $45 to $60 for a multiple-dose supply, according to The Washington Times.
For more information about the cheap dangers of laced heroin, go to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov.
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