Dangerous Batch of Heroin Circulating Through Oregon
Heroin itself is a dangerous drug that can easily harm the human brain, body and can cause death. However, the stakes are even higher when the heroin is tainted. It becomes even more dangerous, and that is the case here. According to the officials, a dangerous batch of heroin is currently circulating through Oregon, and it has already caused several overdoses in Douglas County.
The local authorities grew concerned over the heroin overdose epidemic, one of which resulted in the death of the user, and Oregon rise a public alert to the locals of the region. According to the law enforcement authorities in the area, the heroin was allegedly spiked with other illegal and powerful drugs, such as fentanyl. Drug deals use fentanyl to increase the amount and the effects of heroin and charge more money for it.
Recently, the law enforcement authorities from Lane County and the surrounding governing bodies also joined hands with Douglas County to find and stop the spread of this spiked heroin.
According to Jason Davis with Lane County Public Health Department, “Our concern is that this supply will make its way into Lane County and that people will unknowingly inject or use this product and then overdose. If people don’t have the right resources or the right protocol in place to handle an overdose, then they could die.”
The reason for the sudden outburst in overdoses is because the drugs used to lace the heroin are quite stronger than what the victims were previously used to. The mixing of fentanyl alone can raise the power of heroin by a hundred times, and the users can suffer from severe consequences after using this dangerous heroin. While other illegal drugs used to spike heroin can be up to 6,000 times stronger than unlaced heroin.
According to Ken Doxsee at the University of Oregon, drug dealers have recently started using illicit drugs to boost the power of heroin, and to make it extra addictive for the audiences. Ken is a chemist for the University of Oregon. During an interview, he stated, “Sometimes to try and increase activity, sometimes simply to change the structure enough that the compound they’re making isn’t technically illegal. And then releasing these drugs for unwitting drug abusers to try. Essentially, they’re the guinea pigs.”
Douglas County, with the help of the surrounding counties, is currently engaged in a war on drugs. The law enforcement authorities are constantly looking for the laced heroin and its source.