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More Heroin Overdoses Reported in the Area

Police in Salisbury, MA issued a warning Wednesday about a possible bad batch of the drug.

File photo.
File photo.
More heroin overdoses were reported in the area on Wednesday, following recent overdoses in Portsmouth and Salem believed to be connected to a tainted batch of the drug.

The Salisbury, MA Police Department–just over the New Hampshire border–issued a warning early Wednesday about a "possibly lethal batch of heroin" being distributed in the area after receiving two medical calls for heroin overdoses. The heroin may have been acquired in Lawrence, MA, police said.

The warning comes a week after three people overdosed on heroin in Salem, and two weeks after three people overdosed in 24 hours in Portsmouth. One of those people, Simone Sclafani, later died. Police have said they believe a bad batch of heroin may have been to blame.
Old Pizza February 05, 2014 at 07:36 PM
For openers, EVERY batch of heroin is lethal.
Jamal Jones February 05, 2014 at 09:39 PM
These constant heroin articles are getting boring. Don't you have anything better? We already know the heroin is tainted and won't be buying any.
Diane February 06, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Here's a clue. Don't be stupid. Don't start using drugs. If people would stop buying drugs, people would stop SELLING drugs. Drug war solved.
Lyle G. LePage February 06, 2014 at 04:48 PM
Here's another clue..None of these heroin users started with that drug. Invariably it was the use of marijuana. But that thrill wears off & the desire for something a little more potent takes its place. Eventually the user ends up as a shell of what they could have been. Heroin is the end result. There is no excuse for legalizing marijuana or any other drugs. The states that have passed laws allowing the use of this drug are doing a disservice, in actuality.
Jason Vorhees February 07, 2014 at 03:14 AM
Good. Hope more and more die. The weak need to go so the strong can carry on.
Larry Allen February 07, 2014 at 09:37 AM
If folks want to kill themselves with these drugs, more power to them. I choose food.
Karen Glover February 07, 2014 at 10:37 AM
With ALL the warnings about the dangers of heroin, ANYONE stupid enough to try it gets what they deserve. Pot has NEVER killed anyone. You cannot OD on pot. Only stupid people call it a gateway drug. Geeeesh....
melanie February 07, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Saying marijuana is a gateway to heroin is like saying milk is a gateway to alcohol. The "down" from marijuana is nothing like the high you get from heroin. They're not even related. Potheads don't have the energy to walk the streets and sell their souls for a little joint.
melanie February 07, 2014 at 12:24 PM
Do they really think that a heroin addict will be deterred by this tainted batch? First off, I really doubt they read the news, and second, THEY'RE ADDICTS. They can watch friends OD right in front of their very eyes and they will not change anything. Heroin users die of heroin use everyday, "tainted batch" or not. It kills them EVERYDAY and they aren't deterred! If this stops people buying heroin, then I guess we need to taint all the batches. If it's that easy, then the "war on drugs" is over. Problem solved, everybody go home.
Jamal Jones February 09, 2014 at 11:02 PM
They should taint the heroin like the old lady that tainted the pigeon food and poisoned them.
nick February 15, 2014 at 08:52 AM
Recovering addict and not afrAid to admit it, if you wanna stop go to detox its what you do after. It took me going to jail 3 Times, no less than a year each time. I was homeless but I turned it around and the past 5 years I've become a normal person , and pot helps with not sleeping , and anxiety for me anyway. Pot isn't the gateway drug in my opinion
Patrick Pryor February 23, 2014 at 03:54 AM
Alcohol is the gateway drug. Pot is not addictive, can be eaten or vaporized not neccessarily smoked, has a very calming effect, and leads to relaxing and munchies. As far as I know lazy is very mild side effect.As with any drug the major concern should be use by people with mental illness, unlike alcohol that has long been proven to have lethal side effects, pot has proven to have none of the same side effects. Pay attention to history and take a lesson on backwards thinking, then look at who lives in the whitehouse
Robert February 24, 2014 at 09:10 AM
99% of Heroin addicts use cannabis. Cannabis is addictive and causes / exacerbates psychosis, anxiety disorders, loss of IQ and other mental illnesses. It attaches to the brain cells and stays on them 6 months hijacking the brain. Smoking cannabis is especially caustic to lungs. Alcohol and benzodiazapine and opiate pills, adderall, all legal, all psyco active addictitve substances, & are no better. Doctors in this country are irresponsibly prescribing and creating addicted monster who kill DUI, steal, rape ect.. the jail if filled with them. Lawmakers are greedy and ignorant of the truth. Shame on them all, and becarful on the highways in Colorado for sure.
skram bled February 24, 2014 at 09:22 AM
Robert, 99% of statistics are completely made up. There are no facts to support your argument. And if you think there weren't people driving after smoking pot before it became legal in CO, or every day everywhere, you are delusional. The only way pot is a gateway drug is because drug dealers who sell heroin also sell pot. If people didn't have to go to these criminals to buy marijuana, they wouldn't have the option of also buying heroin. You need to stop watching Reefer Madness and come back to reality.
Kerri Saylors-Higgins February 24, 2014 at 12:18 PM
It never fails to amaze me how the drug naive general public knee-jerks and rants about pot, heroin, and prescription drugs. Taking the high road until your noses bleed and being immorally corrupt of compassion do not make any of you superior: just rigid, closeminded, and hateful. Quit spewing clueless hogwash and do some research.

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