I’m a Florida girl and it really saddens me to see that parts of my state are being taken over by drug abuse. I’m a blogger and as a blogger I focus on Countrywide stories. And I have not seen stories of this magnitude produce themselves in the media. When I was writing about Pennsylvania and Indiana and Texas and Ohio and all those other states, it was not that close to home for me. But writing about Florida , oh hell no, I don’t like that at all. Now I must say if the media is finally reporting it then it’s bad. Because the media usually babysits and they stay away from the ugly news.
No decent respectable human being wants this in their community or anywhere close because we know the impact that drugs can have on a neighborhood and property values.
I am an AVID supporter of President Duterte and his war on drugs. That man doesn’t want that garbage in his country and I don’t blame him.
For those of you who have a problem with President Duterte and his strategy to purify his streets, how would you feel if your city or town was riddled with drug addicts? How would you feel if every time you try to take a walk downtown people are looking like zombies? How would you feel if you’re walking downtown for an evening stroll and some drug addict runs by and snatches your purse? How would you feel if you discovered that the child of yours that was kidnapped was taken by a drug addict and sold? Let me guess, you like having the windows of your car busted out and your personal items stolen. Let me guess, you like your house being robbed?
Let me tell you what else was affected. How would you like, or should I say how do you like the idea that every time you go to a pharmacy to buy certain over-the-counter medications you are a grilled because some fucking drug dealer or drug addict is using it to create another drug? Do you know how annoying it is to have pharmacies pulling over the counter medications from the shelves because Junkies keep abusing it? That shit sucks. I’m getting tired of hearing that people have to present an ID just to buy a particular cough syrup. But you don’t see junkies as a problem?
You must love the tax paying dollars that has the emergency medical team rushing out to give these junkies a shot of Narcan only for them to be released from the hospital and go out the next day and repeat the same damn thing. Have you lost your fucking mind?
And let’s talk about the horrible crimes against children that these parents who are drug addicts commit. Victoria Martens. That’s all I have to say.
I don’t care who it is. Okay actually that’s a lie I do care. I do care if it’s my family. I don’t want my family out there on drugs. That shit rips you apart. But at the same time a person has to want to live. If you don’t want to live, why am I forcing life upon you? I don’t know if I would try and talk someone down from a building. Because the decision to live or die really is a personal choice, unless you were stricken with some incurable disease. So I don’t understand why the United States is babysitting drug addicts. I want them locked up. Every last one of them. Let the marijuana smokers out and put the drug addicts in. They don’t contribute anything to society. I’m not saying they deserve to die, but from what I can tell a lot of them are on the fast track going there anyway. Basically they are eliminating themselves.
The money that is being spent to revive these addicts could be used for our children’s education.
Hell damn near Anything Is better than reviving junkies.
President Duterte Philippines President has had a 90% success rate. The addicts are cleaning up because they don’t want to die. You may not like it but his streets are cleaner than the US.
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Opioid addicts are overdosing in staggering numbers across Miami-Dade County — and the ‘hot zone’ for the growing epidemic is the streets of Overtown.
On a sunny morning late last month, a 43-year-old homeless woman named Mary crumpled to the sidewalk along Northwest 17th Street, vomit smeared across her T-shirt and hair. Within minutes, Miami Fire-Rescue paramedics injected her twice with the life-saving antidote known as Narcan.
As they lifted her still-unconscious body into the ambulance, a telltale sign was revealed. On the sidewalk lay a silver burnt spoon used to liquify the powder heroin.
Mary was lucky to survive, and stories like hers have become increasingly common for overwhelmed first responders on the frontline of South Florida’s opioid crisis. Newly released statistics show that in the first nine months of 2016, the Miami Fire-Rescue stations in the neighborhood used Narcan nearly 1,000 times – nearly double the rate of last year.
But they don’t always make it in time.
Since 2015, at least 31 people have fatally overdosed in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood with heroin or fentanyl – often, both – in their blood. That makes it far and away the deadliest zip code for opioid deaths in Miami-Dade County. The city of Miami itself accounted for nearly a whopping 43 percent of all 236 county overdoses recorded since 2015.
And those numbers will rise dramatically – the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office says there are 140 suspected overdoses from 2016 still awaiting final toxicology reports. Of those, 107 are believed to be overdoses involving carfentanil, an even deadlier cousin to fentanyl that is best known for its use as an elephant tranquilizer; 59 of those cases happened in the City of Miami.
New England. The demand, public-health experts believe, was an unintended ripple effect of the crackdown on another addictive scourge: widely abused prescription pain killers such as Oxycontin. Florida’s notorious “pill mill” clinics helped drive that explosion, hooking thousands on cheap and illegally distributed pills before regulators finally cracked down.
Synthetic drugs, cheaply made in China and often mailed to the United States in nondescript packages, have increasingly filled the void, as chronicled in the Miami Herald’s 2015 Pipeline China series.
Many of the overdoses in Miami have been blamed on heroin laced or substituted with fentanyl, which can be up to 50 percent stronger than heroin. Carfentanil itself is even deadlier – the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, in a public warning issued in September, estimated it is up to 1,000 times stronger than fentanyl.
Many addicts don’t realize what they are smoking, snorting or injecting.
“The problem is bad and it’s getting worse,” Miami Fire-Rescue Chief Maurice Kemp, flanked by law-enforcement officials, said at a press conference called in September to highlight the growing dangers of fentanyl.
Miami hit hardest
His city has been hit the hardest. Through the first nine months of 2016, Miami Fire-Rescue had deployed Narcan nearly 1,700 times citywide, a stunning increase. In all of 2015, they only used the drug 771 times.
While Overtown and the surrounding areas in the city of Miami has seen the most deaths, virtually every corner of the county has recorded overdoses. Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue, a much larger department, also saw a dramatic increase in the first nine months of 2016, using the drug 966 times, up from 634 all of the year before.
Across Miami-Dade, there have been at least 236 overdose deaths involving the drugs in 2015 through the end of November of this year. The dead have almost all been white or Hispanic – just 21 were black.
Many were transients and chronic drug abusers. Hugo Carranza, 49, snorted heroin in February, fell asleep on a milk crate under a bridge on Old Cutler Road and never awoke. The cause of death: a lethal brew of fentanyl and alcohol.
Some were young, like Miami’s Christian Fernandez, 18, who planned to attend Santa Fe College in Gainsville after entering a drug rehab program upstate. But on Aug. 21, he passed out at a friend’s home on Key Biscayne, after taking pills friends believed to be Oxyontin. The next day, Fernandez died at Mercy Hospital after suffering seizures. Tests showed he died of heroin and cocaine.
At least one overdose death has been linked to drugs sold in West Perrine in deep South Miami-Dade, where Miami-Dade police last week raided the home of a man believed to have been selling carfentanil.
Law enforcement officials, however, believe dealers in Overtown have done much of the supplying for the rest of the county.
The storied predominately African-American neighborhood was once a thriving community with teeming nightlife and restaurants, before the the construction of Interstate 95 in the 1960s divided and depopulated the neighborhood and crack-cocaine and poverty took its toll.
For years, Overtown has been known for drug sales. In the past couple months, Miami police detectives, along with federal and county counterparts, have quietly arrested more than two dozen sellers and drug-gang lieutenants — most with long rap sheets — in a campaign called Operation Overtown-Swamp City, an ode to one nickname for the neighborhood.
Across Overtown, detectives have sent in confidential informants and undercover detectives, and raided known dope holes to try and stymie the flow of opioids.
At the Madison View Apartments, a gleaming affordable housing tower on the 600 block of Northwest Fifth Avenue, residents and management began complaining after users began overdosing in their parking lot. Detectives began watching the market across the street, watching user after user buy from a man identified as Alexander Fonseca, 31, who was arrested and is now awaiting trial.
Stronger but deadlier
The proliferation of heroin laced with fentanyl has both increased the danger and created a spike in demand. Many investigators believe the overdoses have actually spurred business, with opioid abusers risking their lives the danger for a more powerful high.
“The potency went through the roof all of a sudden. It caught fire, and when you’re in that world, addicts gravitate to that,” said James, a 43-year-old recovering user who was arrested in Overtown for possession of heroin in May. “I was in Pompano in rehab and it’s amazing how many people, they know of Overtown. I was even in Boston a couple months ago, and a couple people I ran into there know of Overtown.”
Chayse Weinreb, 27, a North Miami Beach native who has been clean of heroin for several months thanks to Miami-Dade’s drug court, used to be a regular in Overtown, too. “Everyone knows you can get anything there,” he said.
The addicted have operated in plain view, shooting up in Overtown’s street shanty shelters, weed-choked fields and even along highway embankments. Patrol officers have generally been loathe to target users but sometimes they can’t be ignored — one 45-year-old woman was recently confronted by a cop as she injected under a tree along Northwest First Court.
The overdoses in fields got so bad in Overtown that the Miami City Commission recently passed an emergency ordinance even ordered owners of vacant lots surround the properties with fences.
The University of Miami last month even opened up a long-awaited needle exchange program in the heart of Overtown, to help cut down on the spread of HIV-AIDs. In the coming weeks, the center plans to start handing out to users Naloxone, a drug that blocks or prevents the effects of opioids.
Standing on the corner of Northwest 13th Street and Second Avenue, lifelong Overtown resident Josh Taylor, 36, pointed to street corners, stoops and vacant lots.
Josh Taylor, Overtown resident
In all, he estimates he’s witnessed over a dozen overdoses, all of them believed to have survived thanks to fire-rescue. One woman crumpled to the ground, her boyfriend seconds later. Another woman got robbed after she keeled over.
“All year long it’s been crazy. I ain’t never seen no s— like this fentanyl,” Taylor said.
Berlinda Faye Dixon, a retired nurse and Overtown activist, herself has had to help administer CPR to at least five users she’s stumbled across while motoring her scooter through the streets.
“It’s heart-breaking,” she said. “You’re so many ambulances, so many people experiencing live CPR like on television. CPR on every corner. It’s frustrating.”
Overdose ‘hot zone’
Indeed, for the first responders, the rise in opioid overdoses have been particularly frenzied. The calls have become so routine bad that prosecutors and toxicologists with the Miami-Dade medial examiner’s office have ridden along to see the carnage up close.
Toward the end of a particularly frenetic summer, Miami paramedics would often save one person from an overdose in the morning – then again in the afternoon, after the user walked out of a hospital, recalled Fire-Rescue Capt. Jorge Milan.
Since the recent police busts, overdoses seemed to have ebbed somewhat, Milan said. But on a recent morning shift, paramedics worked four overdoses in the neighborhood.
Milan weaved his SUV through Overtown, past a large empty field on Northwest 12th Street and First Avenue, where some ragged tents poked out from tall weeds and the destitute milled about not far from the railroad track. One beat cop, parked next to the field, rolled down the window and noted that “this is the Mecca for fentanyl.”
“The overdoses have been all up and down the sidewalk,” Milan said. “All around here is a hot zone.”
Moments later, the woman named Mary collapsed several blocks away. The call popped up on a laptop. Milan was first on the scene, and as fellow paramedics arrived, they quickly inserting a tube to clear her breathing.
Administering the Narcan was an easy call. Her pupils had shrunk to little pinpoints, a tell tale sign of heroin or fentanyl use. “Which could lead us to believe it was an opioid overdose,” Milan said.
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