Heroin labeled ‘Theraflu’ kills 17

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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25 comments Add your comment

The Geezer

January 27th, 2014
10:01 am

You take a dangerous drug like heroin, you take your chances. Just don’t do it.

LydiasDad

January 27th, 2014
10:11 am

Just say no.

Sam the Sham

January 27th, 2014
10:57 am

Darwin in action.

George Mathis

January 27th, 2014
11:27 am

I am deleting the racist comments, and replies to racist comments, because some of you are making the state of Georgia look bad.

Greg

January 27th, 2014
11:42 am

If drugs were legalized the black market would go away and it would far safer for everyone. The same lessons we learned during prohibition also apply to drugs.

Tam union

January 27th, 2014
11:49 am

I remember some years ago as
a very young man I participated in the selling of heroine. It was so amazing to me that if there were users that were overdosing the more in demand that particular product was. I had surmised then that the ultimate high must be death.

Berniecia69

January 27th, 2014
12:06 pm

My daddy Bernie31 says = And my comments are somehow making GEORGIA LQQK bad!

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Everyone LQQK at my daddy and give him some Attn: His posts make him LQQK bad and he aint even takin NO Theraflu he loves him some Skittles and AZ Tea tho

Crotchety

January 27th, 2014
12:41 pm

Amazing Grace was written by an Englishman…..

TruthSpoken

January 27th, 2014
1:10 pm

Georgia’s ignorance always make them look bad, seriously!

Hidden agenda

January 27th, 2014
1:20 pm

Of course all drugs should be RE-legalized. Yes, they were ALL legal once in this country back when our government respected our rights and didn’t treat us like THEIR property.

No, there does not need to be additional regulations (thus setting up yet another police state to enforce). The existing laws against fraud should obviously apply, and false claims, false advertising, false labeling, etc. Independent certification agencies (certifying purity, etc.) will rise up in the way that independent labs now certify many nutritional supplements and enormous companies like UL, CSA, and others certify the electrical safety of products bearing their mark.

Government always sticks their nose into things so they can retain power and control. Their meddling in the marketplace and creating a black market for drugs has already caused enough pain and misery.

reilly89

January 27th, 2014
1:20 pm

To me these articles are kind of like advertising to drug addicts. Addicts hear about an overdose regarding their drug of choice and they HAVE to get that drug because it MUST be good if it is causing overdoses. Expect the number of deaths due to this strain of Heroin! Sad but true. :(

Bernie31

January 27th, 2014
1:35 pm

Crotchety @ 12:41 pm – The words of the song were written by an Englishman. But The Music was stolen from the very Mouths of singing of Huge Numbers The Human Cargo that was packed Tightly
on Top of Each other which laid under his Feet as he transferred Thousands upon thousands of them for Enslavement in England and America. Both supposedly a God Fearing and Jesus Following Christian People. Lovely Christians they were at that Time…Just Lovely.

Uh..huh

Hidden agenda

January 27th, 2014
1:51 pm

“In 2010, there were 38,329 drug overdose deaths in the United States; most (22 134; 57.7%) involved pharmaceuticals; 9429 (24.6%) involved only unspecified drugs. Of the pharmaceutical-related overdose deaths, 16,451 (74.3%) were unintentional, 3780 (17.1%) were suicides, and 1868 (8.4%) were of undetermined intent. Opioids (16,651; 75.2%), benzodiazepines (6497; 29.4%), antidepressants (3889; 17.6%), and antiepileptic and antiparkinsonism drugs (1717; 7.8%) were the pharmaceuticals (alone or in combination with other drugs) most commonly involved in pharmaceutical overdose deaths. Among overdose deaths involving opioid analgesics, the pharmaceuticals most often also involved in these deaths were benzodiazepines (5017; 30.1%), antidepressants (2239; 13.4%), antiepileptic and antiparkinsonism drugs (1125; 6.8%), and antipsychotics and neuroleptics (783; 4.7%).”
Source:
Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, Karin A. Mack, PhD, and Leonard J. Paulozzi, MD, “Pharmaceutical Overdose Deaths, United States, 2010,” Journal of the American Medical Association, February 20, 2013, Vol 309, No. 7, p. 658.
http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1653518
- See more at: http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Causes_of_Death#sthash.gynPo5gY.dpuf

Marijuana deaths were 0 as always.

So the legal ones kill more than the illegal ones. Sounds like we are fighting the wrong war.

Bernie31

January 27th, 2014
3:06 pm

LQQK at ME 4 I MUSTY have the Last Word on the my Enslavement to Theraflu…Just Lovely

Uh..huh

Dan

January 27th, 2014
3:26 pm

Its a beautiful thing when Darwinism takes its course

Hidden agenda

January 27th, 2014
4:04 pm

Dan. And what does it say about a culture that allows government restrictions on freedom to generate a condition that inherently costs the lives of so many? Every example of Prohibition leads to this. So called “bathtub gin” killing tens of thousands and the government itself even put toxins in liquor specifically to kill people during prohibition. Today they have forced nearly all pharmaceutical companies to add Acetaminophen to their pain medicines to destroy the livers of anyone who might think to abuse the drugs. I wouldn’t attribute it to the moral evolution of man, that’s for sure.

Look before I leaap...

January 27th, 2014
4:59 pm

Yet deaths caused from complications caused by cigarette smoking number in the HUNDREDS of thousands…every year. Last I looked, cigarettes were still legal in this country and taxed to the nines.

If the suppliers of heroin, cocaine and pot ever stopped killing each other over turf and organized into a lobby in DC and started padding some congress critters pockets, the so-called war on drugs would be over tomorrow. Take a lesson from big tobacco you idiots and quit bribing the small fry judges and cops, bribe your congressman!

Bumper

January 27th, 2014
5:29 pm

“Should ‘recreational’ drugs be legalized and taxed?”

Yes and yes. At this point the ‘war on drugs’ exists mainly to provide a livelihood for cops, judges and prison workers, and it’s hurting thousands of otherwise innocent recreational users who wind up with lifelong criminal records. But…if we are going to legalize the stuff there needs to be regulation, like tobacco sales. And it needs to be taxed.

Don't Tread

January 27th, 2014
5:34 pm

I see the “Darwin” symbol on cars which also sport the 0bama stickers, and these same people are the ones pushing for legalization of whatever drug they want. So much for “evolution” – as liberals like to say, “evolve or die”. Looks like 17 of them failed to “evolve”.

I wonder if their idol 0bama has or will institute a “de facto” legalization of this stuff.

The Necromancer

January 27th, 2014
8:09 pm

Legalizing drugs will just mean more people sitting at home abusing drugs and commenting on AJC blogs while I work my butt off to provide for my family.

The Necromancer

January 27th, 2014
8:10 pm

All the while leaching off working stiffs like me :(

double

January 27th, 2014
9:25 pm

Could have been singing Row Row your boat…

Hilarious

January 27th, 2014
9:44 pm

The Necromancer: You’re a moocher yourself. You live in Georgia.

Clean the spittle off your chin.

LydiasDad

January 27th, 2014
10:31 pm

I can’t believe there are still idiots who think criminalizing deadly drugs like heroin is the same as Prohibition. It’s scary how many morons are out there.

Hidden agenda

January 28th, 2014
8:52 am

Whenever a government bans something it creates a black market (so long as demand exists). The consequences of that black market are ALWAYS the same – violence, corruption of police, judges, courts, etc., huge profits for some, tainted product/questionable quality, loss of rights and freedoms, etc. In that way alcohol prohibition and the war on drugs are exactly the same. Society has suffered far more than the users because of both the prohibition of alcohol and drugs. Of course the two substances are not the same, but when one cares about freedom and liberty, you don’t waver in your support of either simply because emotional statements can be made in an attempt to sway you. Heroin is a very useful pain killer with a strong addiction potential. It was developed in a hope to reduce the addictive properties of morphine and opium – oh well. If one actually cares about the safety of heroin users, there is only one common sense solution – legalization. Only with legalization can users get a known, quality product from a safe, reliable seller and have recourse against fraud or theft. I will avoid the “moron” label, but those who are not recognize these fundamental facts about freedom, liberty, and the laws of economics.