Comedian Fuquan Johnson has died, and it appears he may be one of three people who suffered a deadly overdose late Friday night at a party in Venice.
Types/stages of Heroin:
Type #1: Opium
Type #2: Morphine base/HCL
Type #3: Heroin base (most suitable for smoking, the Afghan heroin on the European market which needs to be heated a bit with citric acid before injection is this type)
Type #4: Heroin HCL (white heroin)
It is rare to encounter type #1 and #2 in the heroin market because they are not heroin.
Black tar heroin does not fit in here as it is uses a different method altogether to get from opium to heroin. This method does not utilize acetic anhydride (which is watched and hard to get) but regular acetic acid. It is easier, cruder. The product is not just heroin, but also 6-MAM and 3-MAM. 6-MAM is more potent than heroin and 3-MAM is less potent than heroin. Toxicity of its metabolites are not fully certain.
2019, Weed is legal in nearly half the country but still totally illegal under the federal laws. Today we have the famous Dank Carts that can be found all across the country including those states where marijuana is still illegal. I myself am an everyday smoker and for the last few months an everyday user of the Dank brand vape oils. Was kinda in the dark about what I was actually using until I really started to take a better look into things.
First and most importantly noting that Dank Brand THC vape oils are NOT tested, Regulated or taxed in anyway making the whole company seem sketchy. They are selling MILLIONS of these cars for anywhere from $15 -$60 each, Depending on the buyers location. The whole operation is being ran from a single Instagram account.
The Dank brand Vape Carts have been tied to cases where pesticides and other chemicals were found in some of the Dank brand vape oils. The company claimed to have resolved the issue but without any government oversight, Who really knows?
I am not writing this however to go into depth about the quality of the oils, I am writing this to try and get some insight on how a company, Using nothing but Instagram can sell MILLIONS of these carts, Mostly to people in states where it’s illegal, Without any sort of police agencies taking action against them? This is not just a small time drug dealer selling grams of weed to his FB friends. This is a billion dollar business that’s completely un-monitored.
Who’s to blame for something like this? Millions of carts sold, shipped and bought and sold under the Facebook/Instagram platform. Will they just act like they had no idea? Will anyone ever look into how this is happening? How can an illegal substance, completely unregulated be so widely available in a country that should be on its most critical level of awareness seeing how we’re losing 70,000 people a year to a drug epidemic. How does a company like this even get started selling millions of units of product using nothing but social sites? I can’t even post a nipple without being banned, How do I believe that this is not known by FACEBOOK/INSTAGRAM? In my opinion, They’re going to be just as guilty when this all comes to light. You can’t dump that much fuel on a fire and not expect to have to answer to why and how it was able to happen. What do you think? Do you use these Dank Brand Carts? Are you concerned that there’s no one watching and monitoring the manufacture and sale of them? Please leave a comment!
The children, ages 9 to 13, dialed 911.
“My mom’s on the floor and my stepdad’s basically pale and they’re not waking up,” Courtney Halye’s daughter told an emergency dispatcher through tears.
Indeed, they were dead, and Montgomery County, Ohio, Coroner’s Office Director Ken Betz told the Dayton Daily News that the “preliminary indication is probable accidental drug overdose.” Authorities think the culprit may be heroin that was mixed with fentanyl — a deadly combination that has claimed countless lives across the country.
In a second 911 call Thursday from the home in southwestern Ohio, another child, a 13-year-old, tried to answer a dispatcher’s questions as his siblings could be heard wailing in the background.
“Are they breathing?” the dispatcher asked.
“I don’t think so,” the boy responded.
“Have they been feeling ill?” a medic asked.
“No, they were just fine,” he replied. He called out to his sisters, “Guys, did you see anything? What was wrong with them?”
“They said that my stepdad’s face was pale and there was black lines all over his face,” the boy then said.
“Are they warm or cold to the touch?” the medic said.
“They were very cold,” he responded.
“Do you guys have gas appliances?” the medic asked.
“What is a gas appliance?” he replied.
When authorities arrived, the boy could be heard directing them to his parents’ bedroom at their home in Centerville, not far from Dayton: “My parents are upstairs to the left — the last door to the left.”
The boy continued talking to the dispatcher, telling her that he had stepped outside. When asked whether he was cold, he replied, “A little bit; I’m fine.”
He could be heard sniffling as the recording cut out.
As with much of the United States, Ohio is in the throes of a ruthless opioid epidemic that shows no signs of abating.
Children have become innocent victims; some have seen their parents shoot up and overdose, occasionally with fatal consequences. Others have unwittingly and unwillingly faced overdoses themselves.
In September 2016, a chilling photograph distributed by the authorities captured the innocence lost on a 4-year-old’s face in East Liverpool, Ohio, where a man and woman were seen slumped over after overdosing in a vehicle, the boy still strapped into his car seat in the back. A week later and 600 miles away, at a Family Dollar store in Lawrence, Mass., a hysterical toddler was captured on a cellphone video as she tried to wake her mother after an apparent drug overdose.
The video showed the toddler, dressed in pink-and-purple “Frozen” pajamas, pulling her mother’s fingers, then sitting down beside her and shaking her mother’s face.
In October, a 7-year-old girl in McKeesport, Pa., told her school bus driver that she hadn’t been able to wake the adults in her house for days, and that their bodies were beginning to change colors. She had been caring for three other children in the home — ages 5, 3 and 9 months — and had gotten herself back and forth to school, police said. Her parents were dead.
Then, a couple in Washington state made news when authorities said they had been injecting their young children with heroin, reportedly calling
Synthetic opioids, including heroin and its deadlier cousin, fentanyl, are the main drivers of overdose deaths across the United States, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Ohio Department of Health reports that the number of opioid-related deaths in the state skyrocketed from 296 in 2003 to 2,590 in 2015 — a 775 percent jump over a 12-year period. These numbers include deaths involving prescription opioids, heroin and fentanyl, which is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times as potent.
“It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are — this epidemic knows no boundaries,” Davis told The Washington Post, adding that the Centerville case illustrates that.
Davis said the couple’s deaths appeared to be drug-related because drug paraphernalia was found at the scene and that it “meets all the criteria” for a heroin-fentanyl overdose. But authorities are awaiting the toxicology results, he said.
Davis said the danger is that, in many cases, drug dealers have no idea what they are selling — and users have no idea what they are buying.
Spirit Airlines said in a statement that Halye had worked for the company for more than nine years and had flown his final flight March 10.
“Our hearts go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of Captain Halye,” Spirit Airlines spokesman Paul Berry said in a statement.
Berry said that Transportation Department and Federal Aviation Administration regulations require airlines to conduct tests for pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and dispatchers, including “random and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing.” If someone in one of these “safety-sensitive positions” tests positive, that person would be “immediately removed from their position,” he said.
Another spokesman said the company would not be providing any further comment.
Courtney Halye, 34, was described in her obituary as “a kind loving generous soul.”
“She had a smile that lit up a room which made her very much loved by all her family and friends,” it read. “Courtney was a wonderful nurturing mother to two beautiful children.”
Courtney Halye apparently had a history that involved drugs. In 2007, Jacob Castor, her then-husband and father of her children, died of a drug overdose, the newspaper reported, citing the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
In 2009 she was convicted of felony drug possession, although the case was later expunged, according to the Dayton Daily News.
In January of 2016, Nancy Casey, Courtney Halye’s mother, contacted Centerville police and said she felt her daughter threatened to harm herself and was abusing narcotics.
Casey told officers her daughter had been “hooked on drugs” on and off for about seven years. The mother suspected her daughter was high when talking with her that day, the report said.
In that same report, which covered events of Jan. 5-6, 2016, Brian Halye contacted police after he had returned from Detroit, where he worked for Spirit Airlines as a pilot. Brian Halye told officers he had called and texted his wife, who had hung up on him and would not tell him where she was.
Police used her cellphone to determine she was in east Dayton but did not immediately find her. When officers found her vehicle, Courtney Halye was not there.
Later on Jan. 6, 2016, Brian Halye told police his wife had returned to their house but had locked him out. He worried that she was trying to get to two unloaded guns he kept inside, so he forced entry.
Courtney Halye was holding both guns, the report said, and her husband took them from her just as officers arrived there.
Police said that she appeared mentally unstable and possibly intoxicated or having a medical issue related to diabetes. The officer requested medics, who took her to the hospital for treatment.
Brian Halye told officers that day his wife had battled heroin and cocaine addiction “for quite some time.”
Casey recently told NBC News that Courtney Halye had Type 1 diabetes and was on medication for depression; but she said she did not think her daughter and son-in-law had a persistent drug problem.
“I don’t know if they decided they were going to party, or went and they got ahold of this bad stuff going around town,” Casey said. But she added that she had been concerned since she talked to them the day before the couple was found dead.
“I had this dreadful feeling all day,” she told NBC News. “Something was off with her and something was off with him.”
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MIDDLETOWN: Confronted with the sudden death of their 18-year-old daughter, Fred and Dorothy McIntosh Shuemake made a defiant decision: They would not worry about any finger-pointing, whispers or family stigma.
They directed the funeral home to begin Alison Shuemake’s obituary by stating flatly that she died “of a heroin overdose.” They aren’t the first grieving American parents to cite heroin in an obituary as such deaths nearly quadrupled nationally over a decade, but it’s rare, even in a southwest Ohio community headed toward another record year in heroin-related deaths.
“There was no hesitation,” Dorothy said. “We’ve seen other deaths when it’s heroin, and the families don’t talk about it because they’re ashamed or they feel guilty. Shame doesn’t matter right now.”
Her voice cracked as she sat at a table covered with photos of Alison: the high school diploma earned this year, awards certificates, and favorite things such as her stuffed bunny named Ashley that says “I love you” in a voice recording Alison made as a small child.
“What really matters is keeping some other person, especially a child, from trying this … We didn’t want anybody else to feel the same agony and wretchedness that we’re left with,” she said.
She and Fred, a retired Middletown police detective who investigated crimes against children, want to promote a potentially preventive dialogue about what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls an epidemic. In Butler County, where the Shuemakes live, the coroner’s statistics show heroin-related deaths jumped in two years from 30 to 103 in 2014, with 86 recorded already through the first six months of this year.
Their decision has drawn a wide outpouring of support, both locally and on social media, with online comments and emails from around the world.
Scott Gehring, who heads the Sojourner Recovery Services addiction treatment nonprofit in Butler County, praised the Shuemakes’ “strength and foresight” to draw attention to heroin’s role.
“That’s something that needs to happen. People die of overdoses and it gets swept under a rug,” Gehring said. “Until we as a society are willing to acknowledge that it is here and affecting all of us, we’re going to continue to see the death count rise.”
A search of “heroin” on the Legacy.com site with obituaries from more than 1,500 newspapers found only a handful, including Alison’s, in the last month. One was from the Ventura County Star in California, describing Cameron Kean Crawford’s turquoise eyes, his talent in art and technology and his placid demeanor until “heroin unraveled his life, causing his shocking demise from an overdose on … his 34th birthday.”
Alison’s obituary calls her a “funny, smart, gregarious, tenacious and strong-willed teenager with gusto.” Dorothy smiled as she talked about Alison’s love for “sparkle,” which she said also described her personality.
Alison had recently joined a salon staff after being recruited by a manager who admired the way she did her hair and makeup. She and her boyfriend, Luther, both had two jobs and moved into an apartment together a few weeks ago. Alison, who had been in rehabilitation months earlier for alcohol and marijuana abuse, seemed happy and proud, her parents said.
They were expecting the couple over to do laundry the night of Aug. 25. When they didn’t show up, Dorothy phoned and texted without answer. At about 3:30 a.m., their roommate called: “Something’s wrong.”
She rushed over to the apartment and saw immediately both were “definitely gone.” She spotted a needle on the floor.
As police, paramedics and the coroner’s investigator did their work, she sat with Alison’s body and sang to her their special song, drawn from the children’s book Love You Forever.
Before Alison’s obituary was published, her mother called her boyfriend’s family to let them know of the plan to name heroin in her obituary. They had no objection.
A few days later, his was published.
It began: “Luther David Combs, 31, of Middletown, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, of a heroin overdose.”
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A couple in Warren is devastated after their two grown children suffer a fatal overdose – the same day.
The heroin epidemic is becoming a deadly trend in metro Detroit and these parents have a warning for families.
The parents did everything they could to help their kids break their addiction but ended up losing both.
Peggy and Edward Babinski are fighting through unbearable pain. Just 24 hours ago they returned to their Warren home and discovered their 41 year-old son Edward and 28-year-old daughter Heather dead in a back bedroom. It is believed both died from a heroin overdose.
“This is horrible,” Peggy said. “If they could have seen what I had to see, your children laying there dead. It is so senseless, it is so stupid.”
This is not the first time this family has lived through unthinkable tragedy. The Babinskis, who have been married for 43 years, had four children.
Sadly, in 1995 their 18 year-old daughter Chrissy, was hit and killed by a drunk driver. A few years later their 36-year-old daughter Denni died from medical complications.
“We went through so much with both of them, taking them to the clinics and everything,” said Edward Babinski.
“Taking them to every meeting, seven days a week,” Peggy said. “Every single day and it still wasn’t enough.”
Heather and Edward were clean for a year and a half until last Monday when the Babinskis’ remaining two children relapsed.
“Why can’t people stop and think before they do this stuff,” Peggy said. “They don’t just hurt themselves they hurt their whole family. I have no children left because of this drug.”
Edward and Peggy say they never saw any signs. Both were happy and both were working. Both seemed okay.
But something drew their kids back to the lethal drug, likely laced with something, and by the time they knew – it was too late.
“It is bad as it can get,” Edward said. “The signs weren’t there. They were doing what they were supposed to do and it still happened. They need to get this stuff off the street.”
Police are trying. The Babinskis say they took the drugs as evidence and their cell phones – to try and determine who is responsible for selling the drug.
If you would like to help the family, PLEASE CLICK HERE for the GoFundMe created to help the parents pay for a double funeral.
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