1/15/2015 (NY), Local prevention advocates, police speak out on new county initiative to fight heroin addiction

http://southoldlocal.com/2015/01/15/local-prevention-advocates-police-speak-new-county-initiative-fight-heroin-addiction/

Toman added that the new drug treatment, using naltrexone or vivitrol for prisoners as well as people undergoing court-ordered treatment, gives those individuals and their families a “fighting chance at receiving the message of recovery, to becoming educated to recovery skills, and time away from the substance.

Yeah, treatment with buprenorphine started in the prison system, too.  In New York, if I remember correctly.

“It works by blocking the opioid receptors in the brain and therefore blocking the effects of heroin and other opioids, she said. “It has also helped to reduce or prevent cravings.”

Wikipedia:  “Naltrexone (INN, BAN, USAN) is an opioid receptor antagonist used primarily in the management of alcohol dependence and opioid dependence. It is marketed in generic form as its hydrochloride salt, naltrexone hydrochloride, and marketed under the trade names Revia and Depade. In some countries including the United States, a once-monthly extended-release injectable formulation is marketed under the trade name Vivitrol. Also in the United States, Methylnaltrexone Bromide, a closely related drug, is marketed as Relistor, for the treatment of opioid induced constipation.  Naltrexone should not be confused with naloxone nor nalorphine, which are used in emergency cases of opioid overdose.”

Early experimentation and regular abuse of alcohol among youth, she said, is directly linked to subsequent prescription drug abuse and heroin use…

North Fork teens, she said, experiment with marijuana. “That’s become acceptable. Kids say, ‘It’s just marijuana,’” she said. “But we know that marijuana is a gateway drug to heroin and more.”

Marijuana a gateway drug to heroin?  Do you think teenagers really believe something so silly?

No one can decide which drug is actually a “gateway” to other, more dangerous drugs, but blaming drugs is just… illogical.

Drug-sniffing dogs, she added, should be brought into local schools without no advance warning to students.

Wow, police state.  Sure, make your kids hate you even more, then watch them rebel and… turn to drugs.

Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller said while statistics were not immediately available on heroin-related crimes and deaths…

Doesn’t matter, because…

In April, New York State Senator Ken LaValle, Assemblyman Fred Thiele and Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo announced the formation of a new Heroin Addiction Legislative Task Force, or H.A.L.T, with a focus on identifying causes and solutions to fight the growing heroin epidemic.

HALT, HOPE, all these anti-drug groups love to use names that disguise what they’re really about.

In light of upcoming legalization for cannabis, and a decrease in funding for law enforcement and all of these anti-drug groups, I guess opioids were the only drug left for them to go after.  A matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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