May 13, 2006 Edition
HEROIN MIX TIED TO
DOZENS OF DEATHS
Unusually potent heroin
laced with a powerful painkiller has killed more than two-dozen
people and sent more than 300 to hospitals across the eastern USA
during the past three weeks, local and federal officials say.
Federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration have joined
police in cities from the East Coast to Chicago in scrambling to find
the source of the deadly concoction. It surfaced in Chicago on April
13 and has been linked to 11 deaths there since then, police
spokeswoman Monique Bond says. Chicago paramedics treated 144
overdoses from April 13 to April 27, says Donald Walsh, assistant
deputy fire commissioner for emergency medical services.
Just as Chicago officials began reporting a surge in heroin-related
deaths and overdoses, authorities in Camden, N.J.; Wilmington, Del.;
Salisbury, Md.; Harrisburg, Pa.; and several other communities did,
CONNECTICUT COUPLE CHARGED IN TEENS DEATH, ALLEGEDLY FROM
A 13-year-old boy on a
sleepover was found dead in what police suspect was a heroin
overdose, and his friend's sister and ex-husband were charged with
manslaughter. Frank Korondi was spending Friday night at the home of
a 10-year-old friend, authorities said.
During the night, police
said, the friend's sister, 23-year-old Angela Krasowski, picked up
the boys and took them to the home of her ex-husband, James
Krasowski, 32.On Saturday morning, police responding to a 911 call
from the home found Frank unresponsive on the bathroom floor. He was
pronounced dead at a hospital.
Police were still awaiting autopsy results, but Sgt. Kevin Ahearn
said he believes the boy died of a heroin overdose. Police are
uncertain whether he took the heroin himself.
TEENS TELL POLICE MOM REWARDS HIM WITH MARIJUANA FOR DOING
A 13-year-old boy
told police his mother required him to do his homework first thing
when he got off the school bus, then smoked marijuana with him as a
reward.The boy's mother said she had been smoking marijuana with him
since he was 11, usually as a reward, according to court documents.
The interviews came
after police executed a search warrant at the woman's home during
the weekend and seized marijuana, an array of drug paraphernalia and
$600 in cash that she said belonged to a drug dealer, court
documents said.Amanda Lynn Livelsberger, 30, was scheduled for a
preliminary hearing Friday on charges of marijuana possession,
corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children and
possession with intent to distribute drug paraphernalia, police
CENTRAL DAILY NEWS
SCHOOL POT BUST LARGEST IN MEMORY- POLICE FOUND ABOUT 10K WORTH IN
A tip from a student
led Fort Wayne, Indiana Police officers to the largest amount of
marijuana they could remember confiscating in a school. A
16-year-old male student faces felony possession of marijuana and
possible expulsion after police and officials from the Ward
Education Center, a Fort Wayne Community Schools alternative school,
found almost 4 pounds of the drug in his locker May 2.
The marijuana, valued
at an estimated $10,000, was contained in five extra-large
reclosable plastic bags. The student was taken to the Allen County
Juvenile Center, according to a police report.Neither district
officials nor a national school safety expert could recall a similar
In my 20-plus years,
that has to be one of the largest amounts, if not the largest
amount, of marijuana confiscated from an individual in a school,
said Kenneth Trump, president of the Cleveland-based National School
Safety and Security Service, which has worked with Fort Wayne
Community Schools on safety issues. A majority of kids dont have
drugs, but those that do usually have small amounts on them.
After being tipped off,
Ward Education Center staff notified two Fort Wayne Police officers
working security at the school, which targets middle- and
high-school students who have been expelled or have other behavioral
problems.Police searched a locker that had a strong odor of
marijuana coming from it and found the green leafy substance in a
backpack, the report said.
GLOBAL METH USE EXCEEDS COCAINE AND HEROIN USE
Enforcement Administration (DEA) chief Karen Tandy said global users
of methamphetamine outnumbered cocaine and heroin users combined.
She was speaking at an international narcotics conference in Canada.
Methamphetamine, or crystal meth, is a stimulant which induces
euphoria, but can lead to side effects such as violent behaviour and
Delegates at the 24th
International Drug Enforcement Conference in Montreal were told that
synthetic drugs such as ecstasy and methamphetamine were becoming a
worldwide phenomenon. "Methamphetamine trafficking and the movement
of its precursor chemicals are an increasing global threat," Ms
Tandy told the conference.
"More than 26 million
people worldwide use amphetamines - largely methamphetamines... ,"
ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION REPORT: $7
GAIN FOR EVERY $1 SPENT ON TREATMENT
A recent concludes that society earns $7 in benefits for every $1
spent on addiction treatment, including savings on medical care,
mental-health services, and welfare payments, increased employment,
and reductions in criminal activity.
The report, "Benefit-Cost
in the California Treatment Outcome Project: Does Substance Abuse
Treatment 'Pay for Itself'?",
estimated that the average stay in treatment cost $1,600 and yielded
$11,500 in benefits during a nine-month study period. The latter
included a $7,500 reduction in crime- and incarceration-related
costs, and $3,400 in increased work earnings.
was estimated to have a benefits-to-cost ratio of 11:1, while
inpatient treatment had an estimated 6:1 benefits-to-cost
ratio."Even without considering the direct value to clients of
improved health and quality of life, allocating taxpayer dollars to
substance-abuse treatment may be a wise investment," the study
concludes. The study appears in the January 2006 issue of the
journal Health Services Research.
Established in 1993, the
National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) is a component of the U.S.
Department of Justice and a member of the Intelligence Community.
The General Counterdrug Intelligence Plan, signed by the President
in February 2000, designated NDIC as the nation's principal center
for strategic domestic counterdrug intelligence.
NDIC develops annual Drug Threat
Assessments for each state. If your work is oriented primarily to
your own state, you may wish to review the NDIC analysis for what
they see as the scope of various problems.
William R. Walluks
Abuse Research &
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Facts to Bear on Drug Problems"
SAMHSA Treatment Admissions Report
Summary of SAMHSA Report - Meth Data
(2) Drug Busts - Ecstasy Laced with Meth in Philadelphia
PA Officials Fight Budget Cuts to Programs/Meth Poll
Arrested in Drug Bust in Bradford County
Impact of Public Awareness about Meth
Illegal Dump Sites in Northumberland County
Dangers of Meth in Rural Communities
Treatment-Oriented Meth Prisons
Tremont Man Found Guilty of Meth Manufacture
(5) Men Charged with Dealing Drugs in Carbon & Monroe Counties
Funds Depleted for Government Drug Task Forces this Year
Meth Resource/Website from TN Department of Health
Survey - PA Meth Needs Assessment
1. The link
below from SAMHSA's TEDS (Treatment Episode Data Set) includes
highlights from treatment admissions in 2004. Meth ranked as the 5th
highest substance of abuse accounting for treatment admissions in
Together provides a summary of the meth findings from this SAMHSA
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader printed this news brief regarding 2
shipments imported from Canada containing a total of 230,000 ecstasy
pills laced with meth heading to Philadelphia, seized by federal
This news was also
covered by the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia
this same story, the York Daily Record mentioned that the
confiscated drugs were worth $5 million.
The Evening Sun, as federal cuts are proposed, state and local
officials fight to maintain funds for children's programs that have
demonstrated success in drug and crime prevention. In addition, a poll
cited in this article revealed that Pennsylvanians believe that meth
is a growing problem in their communities.http://www.eveningsun.com/localnews/ci_3784934
6. From the
Sayre Morning Times, the article below describes the result of a
year-long investigation of drug dealers crossing the PA border from
New York state. They have been supplying primarily crack cocaine to
those people addicted to that or other drugs, filling the gap where
meth users have been unable to obtain their drug due to law
enforcement closing many operations. The cities of Elmira and
Binghamton are in close proximity to this area. There were 34 suspects
charged in this case.http://www.eveningtimes.com/articles/2006/04/29/news/news1.txt
press release from the PA Attorney General's office covers the story
piece from Daily American Online explains the key role the
public can play to help reduce meth labs in PA.
The Daily Item, this article discusses 125 illegal dump sites in
Northumberland County, PA. It is mentioned that these dump sites have
been used to dispose of meth lab materials in some areas, although
thus far none have been specifically identified in Northumberland.http://archive.dailyitem.com/archive/2006/0422/local/stories/03local.htm
10. From the
Clarion News, this article describes the various hazards that meth
poses, particularly to rural areas.
Join Together, the following brief describes an initiative by some
states to provide a treatment-oriented approach to meth prisoners,
including maintaining them in separate areas from the general criminal
population and offering intensive treatment.
Patriot-News reports the sentencing of a man convicted of
operating a meth lab and other counts in Pottsville in 2004.
in the Pocono Record, five men were charged with dealing over
$300,000 in drugs, including crystal meth, to Carbon and Monroe
story from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review describes the
exhaustion of funds for task forces in PA this fiscal year due to
increased street-level drug activity.http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/cityregion/s_448347.html
15. Below is
a link to the website of the Tennessee Bureau's Department of Health
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services. This site contains a variety of
information concerning various aspects of meth such as history,
clandestine labs, child endangerment, treatment, personal accounts,
links to concerned organizations and more.http://www2.state.tn.us/health/A&D/Meth/index.html
you to all who have completed the needs survey for meth prevention in
PA that I emailed this week. If you have not completed the survey, we
would be ever so appreciative if you would take a moment and complete
this brief questionnaire. Also, please forward the following link to
any other colleague you know for whom it may be appropriate. Thank
Town Hall Meeting Effort in MT
Montana Meth Project Interactive
Meth on the Rise Internationally
Meth Bust in Bradford County
Links to Prevention & Treatment
New Onsite Lab Test for Meth
Forwarded by lister Louise Kennedy, Community Engagement Specialist at
Bucks County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., the
following link provides information on a satellite telecast and
webcast by CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) on
Thursday, May 18, 2006 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. entitled "Melting the Ice:
provided by Louise Kennedy, this link from Helena Independent
Record depicts a town hall meeting organized in Lewis and Clark
County, Montana to raise awareness about methamphetamine. In the words
of a Helena Citizens Council member, "It needs to be a community
following website by the Montana Meth Project provides interactive
graphics, polls, and other areas of interest for youth. It is part of
a prevention campaign targeting young people, conveying the message
that meth is not safe to try even once; dangerously addictive, even
the first time.
4. From Join
Together, the following brief describes a new report indicating the
magnitude of meth on a global level; internationally, there are more
meth users than cocaine and heroin combined. It is alluded that crime
is expected to rise as a result of this trend.
the following two articles reflect a meth bust in Bradford County on
Wednesday, 5/10/06. Two men were charged with possession and
manufacturing of meth, including a felony charge of manufacturing meth
in the vicinity of children (a law that passed in last year's
following link was shared by lister Lara Ruesch, Manager of Juvenile
Alcohol and other Drug Awareness Program at Bucks County Council on
Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. Here, Sirius satellite radio
lists various links to prevention and treatment organizations:
7. This link
describes a new product used to test for meth residue:
Bucks County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.
252 West Swamp Road, Unit 12
Doylestown, PA 18901
Voicemail 215-230-8715, ext. 3123
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