Philip Seymour Hoffman Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg Of The Raging Heroin Abuse Epidemic In America

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According to the federal government, the number of heroin addicts in the United States has more than doubled since 2002.  Yes, you read that correctly.  In fact, it is being reported that heroin-related overdose deaths have risen 84 percent just since 2010.  The truth is that the recent death of Philip Seymour Hoffman is just the tip of the iceberg of the raging heroin abuse epidemic in America.  Heroin is cheap, it is potent, and it is very similar to the legal painkillers that millions of Americans are currently addicted to.  According to ABC News, Hoffman was found “with five empty heroin bags as well as many as 65 more bags that were still unused” when his body was discovered on Sunday in his New York apartment.  It is a great tragedy, but the reality is that tragedies like this are happening all across the United States every single day.  Heroin is the number one killer of illegal drug users, and as heroin use continues to rise so will the number of dead bodies.

Philip Seymour Hoffman was at the peak of his career and seemingly had so much to live for when he died.  The following is how the New York Times described what was found in his apartment…

Detectives found dozens of small packages in the West Village apartment where Philip Seymour Hoffman, the actor, died on Sunday. Most were branded, some with purple letters spelling out Ace of Spades, others bearing the mark of an ace of hearts. At least five were empty, and in the trash.

Each of the packages, which can sell for as little as $6 on the street, offered a grim window into Mr. Hoffman’s personal struggle with a resurgent addiction that ultimately, the police said, proved fatal. And the names and logos reflect a fevered underground marketing effort in a city that is awash in cheap heroin.

According to the Daily Mail, the Ace of Spades brand of heroin “is responsible for close to 100 deaths from New Hampshire to Washington State – including 37 in Maryland since September.”

It is suspected that the heroin that killed Hoffman was laced with a deadly narcotic known as fentanyl.  The following is an excerpt from a recent Raw Story article

For the past three weeks, authorities have been tracking batches of deadly fentanyl-laced heroin that has been moving east from Pittsburgh.

Twenty-two people in western Pennsylvania died of overdoses in the past week. Authorities believe that most of the deaths were related to heroin laced with fentanyl, a powerful narcotic typically prescribed to terminal cancer patients as means of pain management.

It is 100 times more powerful than morphine, and in combination with heroin can shut down the respiratory system of users.

The laced heroin went by the street names “Theraflu” and “Bud Ice” in Pennsylvania, but as it made its way to Long Island it was re-branded as “24K.”

The northeast quadrant of the country has been hit particularly hard by this heroin epidemic.  According to the DEA, heroin seizures in the state of New York State have increased 67 percent over the last four years, and according to the Daily Beast, the number of heroin overdose deaths is rising “like wildfire”…

In the last month alone, Maryland, Vermont, New York, and even Florida have each reported an unprecedented number of deaths. It’s spreading like wildfire. The National Institute on Drug Abuse is still crunching the numbers, but from what we’ve seen, this could be the worst year yet.

Things have gotten so bad that the governor of Vermont recently used his entire State of the State address to discuss the heroin abuse epidemic…

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin recently spent his entire 34-minute State of the State address talking about the state’s “full-blown heroin crisis,” and law enforcement officials in small cities across New England have noted an increase in heroin use.

And as I mentioned above, the number of heroin addicts nationally has more than doubled since 2002

“Heroin is pummeling the Northeast, leaving addiction, overdoses and fear in its wake,” said James Hunt of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Office.

A 2012 survey by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (PDF) found that about 669,000 people over age 12 had used heroin at some point in the year. About 156,000 of those were first-time users, and roughly 467,000 were considered heroin-dependent — more than double the number in 2002.

So don’t be stupid.

Using heroin can kill you.

In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, heroin is the number one killer of illegal drug users in the United States.

We need our young people to understand this, because right now the use of heroin is exploding among the youth of America…

“We can’t overshadow the fact that there is a public health crisis that is raging across this country. Scenarios like this are playing out in families and communities with alarming regularity and increased frequency,” Scott Hesseltine, operations director at Hazelden Treatment Center, said.

Unfortunately, so far people don’t seem to be getting the message.  Those buying and selling heroin just continue to become even more bold.

In fact, as I have written about previously, heroin is being sold in broad daylight in front of public schools in the city of Detroit while kids wait to board their school buses.

When you are addicted to heroin, you will do just about anything for another hit.  Addicts will beg, borrow, steal and commit violence to get the money that they need.

Heroin abuse doesn’t just destroy those that are addicted to it.  It destroys entire communities.

As the economy continues to decline, selling heroin will seem like an easy way to make some extra cash to many people.

And many people will use the stuff in order to forget their problems.

But in the end, thousands more will die, and millions of lives will be deeply affected by this rising epidemic.

America is dying, and this is just another symptom of our steady decline.

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Contributed by Michael Snyder of The American Dream.

Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream , The Truth and Economic Collapse Blog.

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  • LexiconD1

    You know what would go a long way into stopping this crap…stop treating these assholes who CHOOSE to use drugs as hopeless ‘victims’ who are suffer some ‘disease’, and start treating them as the useless losers they are.

    I don’t sympathize, at all, with drug addicts. Especially those who know exactly is going to happen to them, long long before, they ever CHOOSE use it.

    To someone like Hoffman, and his ilk (the bonehead moronic users), good riddance. Off yourself faster, godspeed.

    • Cori

      It’s ok LexiconD1. You don’t have to sympathize with them. AND you don’t have to believe that addiction is a disease but it’s still is a disease.

      I’m in recovery for almost 4 years from alcohol and now I can clearly see the damage I did to others. I have done what I can to repair it but somethings will always remain for those I hurt.

      You have a choice too, you don’t have to continue to choose be a ‘victim’ of your so called loved one. Sometimes it’s better to cut your losses. That’s what my spouse did.

      12 step programs are a wonderful thing. They teach about releasing resentments. It’s something that anyone can learn from maybe even you.

  • Cookster

    And I care about these people overdosing because…?

    • 1stworlder

      This one didn’t lower your tax burden but others did when they die.

  • moovova

    The Darwin vaccination.

  • Hammerun

    Think about the brilliance of that. Get a good grade of heroin and lace it with Fentanyl and sell it cheap. What a great way to rid society of a scourge. Let them do it themselves. You wanna do drugs? Bannsii Meagido knock your ass out. As far as I’m concerned, he’s just another druggie, so what.
    Just a quote; What difference could it make NOW! (Yuck yuck hey Hillary)
    I’m far more concerned with four dead Americans in Benghazi than I will ever be with this druggie.
    I find it interesting that upon this dudes death, law enforcement is all of a sudden wildly interested in finding his suppliers of this hideous drug. Another thing, didn’t he have what 72 packages of dope in his apartment? That to any of us would be considered a sales charge. Looks like when your a celebrity, you can get high on your own supply and it will be seen as “personal use”.

  • aliasooze

    Who is bringing the drugs into the country? FAA DEA, FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, ICE and the largest prison system on the planet (aka slave labor camps), and we can’t seem to keep the drugs out of the country. The drug war is a scam. These people that are ODing are being murdered. The ones that are being locked up for drug use are political prisoners and YOU are paying for them to work for corporations.

    The country has been destroyed by design, drugs are just a small part of the puzzle. How do you think they fund all of the illegal wars going on? Iran Contra wasn’t the beginning or the end.

    One last point…it’s always amused me that minorities are blamed for this. They don’t own the planes and they aren’t filthy F-ing rich. Follow the money.

    The info is out there…start with Madcow.com or watch the video The NEW American Drug Lords by Daniel Hopsicker. Or google poppies in Afghanistan US soldiers.
    Why does it matter how much dope he had now that he’s dead? Just the Hokey Pokey shuffle…must be time to ask for more money for the DEA than the 10 billion they spent in 2010, and that’s not counting the 15 billion that was spent by the states…or anything else that’s “undocumented”. ~wink wink~

    • 1stworlder

      Yea because blacks and Mexicans are not smart enough to bring drugs in on their own they need YTs help.

      • aliasooze

        YT’s? You aren’t smart enough to leave a comment without showing you’re a heartless nitwit.

  • LexiconD1

    The people who make up excuses for them are far far worse…

  • aliasooze

    A Smoking Gun: Online DEA Manuals Show How Feds Use NSA Spy Data, Train Local Cops to Construct False Chains of Evidence
    This article is on Op Ed.

  • Cookster

    That response did not make one bit of sense. Try using your brain, or did it fry on drugs?

    • LexiconD1

      I think the words you’re looking for are ‘functional illiterate’…and, I’m not trying to be funny or negative. Look at the other posts from ‘jonny b’.

      There isn’t a coherent thought in any sentence. Sentence structure, spelling and grammar are lacking. I couldn’t even put together a rebuttal, because I actually feel bad for him.

      Public school eduction, perhaps?

  • LexiconD1

    Wow, yours is probably, one of the dumbest, and uninformed, posts I think I’ve ever received to a post of my own.

    Good luck in life, I think you’ll need it.

    • Susan

      I think YouRwrong’s point is very clear and the fact that you cant see it and are so callous tells everyone here who the dumbest and uninformed is. The fact that you keep checking back in and commenting on others posts instead of being secure in your own opinion – narrow minded as it is – shows how insecure you are and in need of confirmation. But I am sure you will keep lurking and defending yourself.

      • LexiconD1

        “Lurking”, LOL!

        I guess responding to posts that interest me, whether I agree with them or not, isn’t in your milieu?

        So I’m not suppose to either? Check.

        Whatever…