Some residents turn to heroin after pain doctor arrested

MUNCIE, Ind. (April 14,2015)– In the months following the arrest of a Muncie pain doctor, some Delaware County residents have turned to street drugs. Federal and local authorities raided Dr. William Hedrick’s pain clinic in the fall of 2014. He was later arrested and charged with reckless prescribing and conducting a corrupt business. Prosecutors have linked him to several overdose drug deaths in Delaware County.

“I have turned to the streets, I’m in a lot of pain,” said a former patient of Hedrick.

In pain and nowhere to turn, that’s how one former patient describes his current condition. He says he was a patient of Hedrick’s for several years and relied on powerful narcotics to subdue the pain.

The former patient says other physicians refuse to treat him since he was once under the care of Hedrick. He tells FOX59 that he turned to illegal street drugs to ease his pain.

“I’ve tried heroin, coke, and meth,” said the former patient…

Lynnaea South is also a former patient of Hedrick. She claims other local physicians refuse to treat her. South says she has been without her pain medication for months.

“It feels like someone is taking a chisel on my spine,” said South.

South says she hasn’t turned to heroin to ease her pain, but she admits that she has been tempted.

“Who is to say if i’m hurting so bad one of these days that I’m not going to need something to get me through,” said South…

(7/21/2015) Heroin becomes growing problem

The rise in heroin is attributed to a crackdown on prescription painkillers, which seemed to be the drug of choice for several years, and its relative cheapness compared to those very same painkillers, Hunter said…

One local dealer, according to Hunter, was previously a patient of Allen County’s own Dr. William Hedrick, who has been suspended from practicing medicine while felony charges claiming he overprescribed pain medication to his patients in Muncie wind through the court system…

In May, two men and a woman – ages 29, 31 and 34 – who bought heroin from the same dealer ended up dead from overdoses within a half a day.

According to Hunter, that instance is a perfect example of how addictive the drug can be: Two of those overdose victims bought their heroin together. After one learned the other had used that batch and died, that user still injected a dose…

Looking for bud on Craig’s List

It was a short ad (as most are) in the local personals, but it included the magic code “420,” so I emailed a reply.  I’ve already deleted the emails, but the conversation went something like this:

Me:  Medical cannabis patient here, no longer able to afford legal program. Looking for 420 friendlies.

Scammer:  I can help you with that. How old are you?

Me:  While it’s impolite to ask a lady her age, I have no trouble telling you that I’m in my 50s. (I had sent a selfie with my response.)

Scammer:  Will it bother you if I’m married?

Me:  I’m not sure what your marital status has to do with bud. Perhaps you can enlighten me?

Scammer:  My wife works all day. She doesn’t like to smoke. Maybe we could get together, smoke and have sex?

Me:  I feel sorry for your wife.  And right now, I’m feeling a little sorry for myself because I have to respond to your “offer.”  Thanks, but no thanks.

I love breaking the rules

Albums That Changed Your View of Music

This is being described as a “tag challenge.” Like, tag, you’re it. Does anyone like being “it”? I think I’d rather be one of the kids hiding behind a tree. 🙂

I can’t think of any certain albums that changed my view of music. Just like most people, I like a variety of music (except Texans, who only like country and western); but I guess the music I listened to when I was young(er) is a reflection of the kind of music I like today.

These are the albums that I remember playing over and over again:

Boston, Boston (1976)

James Taylor, Greatest Hits (1976)

Van Halen, Van Halen (1978)

Escape, Journey (1981)

Prince, Purple Rain (1984)

Garth Brooks, No Fences (1991)

Ten, Pearl Jam (1991)

Stone Temple Pilots, Core (1992)

Soundgarden, Superunknown (1994)

No, there aren’t 16 of them, like the challenge calls for, but if I had to think of more, this would be just like homework.  And I’m not tagging anyone else to be “it,” but you are welcome to join in this fun walk down memory lane.

Break a rule today. 🙂