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First responders, hospitals on front lines of Az’s heroin crisis

When someone overdoses on heroin, it's a race against time for first responders and hospitals to revive them. Learn about the struggle from the perspectives of overdose survivors, paramedics and emergency room workers.
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Jan 14, 2015, 1:44 pm
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I just can’t understand why someone would take heroin in the first place. It isn’t as if we’ve not been bombarded with a media blitz over the last 30 years or so educating us to how addictive these drugs are and the damage they cause. It isn’t as if they didn’t know. They did know. So, why did they go ahead and do it?

It is just very difficult for me to have sympathy for someone who knew the risks but disregarded them and went ahead and did it anyway.

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Jan 14, 2015, 2:25 pm
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@Bret Linden,

Did ya have a beer last night? ; )

A glib point, but alcohol is arguably far more destructive than “hard” drugs. Yet those two bottles of Newcastle I sipped last night are socially acceptable in nearly every circle.

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Jan 14, 2015, 2:46 pm
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Dylan Smith wrote:

     
     
@Bret Linden,
Did ya have a beer last night? ; )
A glib point, but alcohol is arguably far more destructive than “hard” drugs. Yet those two bottles of Newcastle I sipped last night are socially acceptable in nearly every circle.

I haven’t had a drink in a while. No reason…except that I haven’t really wanted one. But, I can’t believe anyone would ever think that alcohol is more destructive than heroin.

This is what I hate about these drug stories. Every time there’s a piece published about alcohol, tobacco, heroin, marijuana, cocaine, anabolic steroids, etc etc etc, there’s always people who can’t focus on the drug being discussed in the piece and always want to compare it to some other drug that’s not even mentioned in the story (or mentioned in a very minor role). While these stories almost always initiate a narrative, the narrative never seems to stay focused on the topic at hand. I for one believe that these narratives would be far more productive and enlightening if they didn’t lose focus.

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Jan 14, 2015, 2:48 pm
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But, Dylan, if you insist…I have yet to read a story where some woman blows some disgusting old guy for a few bucks so she can go buy a Newcastle…or even Steel Reserve.

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Jan 14, 2015, 4:22 pm
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I’ve been to three funerals of friends’ children who died because of this drug.  Two of the three got their habit at Cat Foot high school.  I think over the half decade or so since those kids died it’s gotten better up there…or….it’s just gotten hushed up better.

That said…I don’t see how a substance being illegal accomplishes the purpose of keeping it away from people that want it.  I’d rather see $$ go toward education instead of courts and incarceration.

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