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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.
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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