Hoffman’s Heroin May Be Killing Philadelphians, Too

Only they’re not celebrities.

Jeff Deeney, probably Philadelphia’s foremost chronicler of poverty and other urban afflictions, says the heroin that killed Philip Seymour Hoffman is leaving destruction up and down the East Coast, including in Philly. He writes at The Atlantic:

As a recovering addict who still works with active users in communities where heroin trades on the street I can tell you that it’s particularly dangerous out there right now. Recently an unpredictable and hard to track bad batch of Fentanyl tainted heroin has dipped and dodged its way through the mid-Altantic: Camden,Philadelphia, moving west to Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and now Pittsburgh. Popping up to the south in Baltimore. Health practitioners in North Philly are getting bombarded with faxes from the Centers for Disease Control about the bad bags working their way around the streets, with instructions to warn their patients who might be using. Fentanyl tainted bags go fast; ironically, when news of a batch laying users low spreads on the streets heavy users seek the potent bags out by their brand.

More people are using heroin. Public health professionals have known for nearly a decade that a new cohort of heroin users was in the making as the prescription drug epidemic spread. This is a matter of pure economics. Prescription dope isn’t cheap. In Philadelphia an 80 milligram OxyContin pill will cost you $40. “Oxys” are safe in that the potency is predictable. Pills usually trade in safer parts of town than the North Philadelphia heroin corners where bullets can fly at any moment and the Narc Squad is always on the prowl. You pay a premium for upscale product, though; for the same money you could get four bags of heroin that’s just as potent. Eventually heavy users run out of money for pills, and seek out cheaper powders. These new users are fueling a surge in heroin purchasing in locations as remote as Vermont. Hoffman himself reportedly first relapsed on pills before moving into heroin use.

 The Daily Mail elaborates:

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Manhattan apartment was littered with empty bags of a deadly type of heroin, it has been claimed.

The heroin – variously labelled as ‘Bud ice’, ‘Income tax’ and ‘Theraflu’ – has been linked to more than 100 deaths from coast to coast.




The hardest hit states in the epidemic are Maryland, with more than three dozen deaths since September, and Pennsylvania, with almost two dozen this month alone, according to reports.

 

 

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  • matthew brandley

    Getting rid of the trash from society. Not my problem if the garbage chooses to do this to them selves. Why should we as a society pay for them ?

    • Dresden PlayswithDeath Diaz

      thats a hard way of looking at it, especially when you consider that the pharmaceutical industry is producing products that are almost identical to street drugs. A lot of decent folks get hooked after getting a script from their own doctors, as was the case with PSH. A former user must be extremely cautious, even with the best intentions, because relapse is only as far away as your doctors office.

      • matthew brandley

        Its up to the individual to know when to stop taking them. Having worked in the medical field my entire working life its not my problem that morons are to stupid to stop taking these pain killers when they start puking or cant take a crap. What ever happend to common sense? guess to many people sit on it and expect everyone to feel sorry for them? tough crap. Tired of the damn tax payers feeling sorry for the stupid asses

        • matthew brandley is a monster

          The thought that a “human bag of garbage” like you works in the medical field is positively bonechilling, matthew brandley. A sick person IS a health professional’s problem, no matter the cause and regardless of your demented need to cast judgement.

          • matthew brandley

            These douche bags tie up the medical system for those who need the help. They tie up ems, police, emergency room staff everything all because they are stupid asses!

          • Mitchmore

            It’s their f-ing job u dumb ass. Just cause you have to attend to them and get off the internet or your phone doesn’t have shit to do with them. Yes, some will continue in their abyss but some truly want help. You will be shown the same amount of mercy you show others. Remember that when your knee WILL BOW! YOU R SO SELFISH! I HOPE YOU NEVER HELP ME IF I EVEN BREAK AN ARM OR ANYTHING…… U MIGHT have to dull out the pain meds you despise. Quit your job if you hate that shit so much you waste of a person. NO MORALS. Still n your 20s or 30s, stuck where your at and mad at the world. Get a positive outlook. Id start with Mathew, Mark, Luke, n John in the new testament and learn how to be what we were put here for and stop being so self centered…. Ill pray for you and forgive me for all the names ive called you and the judgement ive casted on you. Good night buddy

        • Dresden PlayswithDeath Diaz

          Ok, I understand its hard to deal with drug addicts, I’ve been there myself. The only ones that can help them truly are themselves. However, that rode is extremely difficult, its not as easy as yes or no. In addition to the physical dependence a lot of the time these people suffer from severe psychological issues of worthlessness and depression. Its easy to say, yea, let them rot, but the value of every human life is equal to that of our own regardless of how superior we feel. Whatever led them to their addiction is an unfortunate circumstance, but overcoming the cycle of addiction is in my mind a very brave thing, and should not be looked at so lightly. In the same token, succumbing to the disease is always tragic, whether that person is a celebrity in his NYC condo or a bum on the street.

        • Terry Mitchmore

          Some stupid asses need help and don’t have the same make up, u being n the med field should understand, as in dna and genetic make up. Yes, ppl make bad choices but I don’t throw family members out with the trash. Nor myself. I help those that r there now and some make it and some don’t but selfish bastards like you should jump n the garbage as u c yourself above others. We’re all created equal, but different experiences make us up. You’re a f-ing idiot. Phillip Hoffman had more talent in his heroin using pinky than you will ever attain!

    • Alex

      What about people who die of cardiovascular diseases? Also driven by lifestyle and also often deadly.

      • matthew brandley

        Again I suggest you re check your facts CVD is excaserbated by that and also by heridetary .

        • Alex

          Sounds like this was written by one of those people who drinks soda and eats junk food all day, then uses the “slow metabolism” excuse.

      • matthew brandley

        Sad you try to change this when we are talking about drugs here. Unbelieveable

        • Alex

          I have a lot of friends who are medical professionals, and they all find it incredibly frustrating to see patients with major health problems that are preventable but have gotten bad because of the person’t lifestyle choices. Sometimes this includes drugs and alcohol, but it also includes cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, even some types of cancer. I have known a number of people who suffered from cardiovascular problems for years, are repeatedly told by their doctors that they need to eat better and exercise or they’ll kill themselves, and they continue doing exactly the same things until they end up prematurely dead.

    • Fuck u

      Your a fuckin douch..i bet money someone in your family was at a low point..

      • matthew brandley

        Wow . We have resorted to name calling now. TRy being in ems and seeing what this does when your called to a 18 yo girl whos dead and you go back 2 hours later to take her mom to the hospital for a heart attack asshole. Unless you have been on the medical side and worked with the losers and seen wtf it does to the families or done cpr on hundreds of o d victims I suggest you stf up. I have worked in rehabs in ems and I see how and what these losers become eventualy. They game the system . A fewbecome worthwhile productive citizens. Most wind up on tax payer funded medicaid and welfare. Again these people are trash. They have no respect from me. They rob, steal to get what they need for a fix. so again You seem to be they douche bag here

        • dave

          troll

          • matthew brandley

            WOW! truth hurts doesnt it? Go cry in between your mommas legs since I hurt your feelings you woose

          • dave

            LOL! Troll. :)

          • Woose

            I’m hurt! Troll.

        • dave

          Definitely a troll.

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  • Ivy Drip

    I hope Philip Seymour Hoffman was flying when he died and that he wasn’t scared or in pain.

  • playingwithfire

    @ Matthew Brandley… you sir have no right to judge others… in your profession you should be proud at what you do, you should want to save lives… but here you are talking about people who have a drug addiction and that die from it… they are losers, and trash right?… did you ever think there is a reason in the first place as to why they have chose that path?… perhaps they had a horrible childhood, they were treated like sh*t by their parents, they were used, raped, beat, molested, tortured, made fun of?… so they did it to escape from the cruel, intrusive thoughts that plagued their minds… or perhaps they were in a car accident, etc, and broke bones, damaged their back… and then needed prescription drugs in which the doctors usually don’t ever have a hard time handing out… so they get hooked on them because it only takes a few weeks for that to happen…. but then you may get a few doctors that might tell you that you don’t need anymore after the addiction has already started… and well then that is where the street drugs come into play… don’t need a prescription for that right?… so the vicious cycle just goes on…… we all don’t start at the same starting line in life… drug addiction is a very sad and unfortunate problem in this country… I personally thing that you are a very angry man inside and that the profession you are in is the wrong one!… If you were my employee and I read what you wrote, I would get rid of you like a piece of trash… hahahehe…

    • jerry

      If anything this klown Brandley might be a crime scene cleaner or work in a Veterinarians office, but he obviously lacks the education and the moral fiber to provide competant, compasionate, and quality care to people of the human race. Also its called Narcan not CPR for opiate OD. Furthermore, of the literally thousands of times Ive witnessed or been a part of CPR I can literally count on my fingers the ones who have actually walked out of the hospital Alcoholism and drug addiction are diseases no different then cardiovascular disease. If you dont know that then you have zero business in the medical field. Go back to your bridge Troll.