Should ‘recreational’ drugs be legalized and taxed?
I’m typically against regulation, but with drugs some form of quality control seems prudent.
Case in point: In Pennsylvania, heroin labeled “Theraflu” has killed at least 17 people.
The street drug isn’t packaged to look anything like the cold and flu medicine; I guess it’s a drug dealer’s idea of a joke.
Experts say bad smack contains the narcotic fentanyl, which is even more powerful than heroin, and users are overdosing.
Despite warnings from health officials and a higher price, the “Theraflu” heroin appears to be in high demand.
“[Addicts] are willing to pay more, and the dealers are competing,” a local rehab director said. “[Dealers] don’t want to lose to the competition, so we will start to see copycat individual stamp bags with the same name. It’s not like there is quality control from the Food and Drug Administration.”
Eighteen others have been treated and survived overdoses during the last week in just one small Pennsylvania county.
Fentanyl-laced heroin deaths were also seen in the area in 2006, when stamp bags were labeled “Get high or die tryin’.”
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