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Death Rate From Heroin Overdoses Surpasses The Homicide Rate In New York City

April 6, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Death Rate From Heroin Overdoses Surpasses The Homicide Rate In New York City

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The New York Daily News is reporting that the death rate among heroin overdoses has surpassed the death rate among homicides in the city of New York.

According to the NYPD, the heroin market has boomed in the Big Apple. Law enforcement agencies seized $300 million in heroin in 2014, and the number of Fatal overdoses has skyrocketed. Police Commissioner William Bratton told the Daily News that for the second year in a row heroin deaths has outpaced homicides in New York City.

NYPD commisioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill DeBlasio discuss troubling increase in heroinoverdoses throughoy the city

NYPD commisioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill DeBlasio discuss the troubling rate of heroin overdoses throughout the city of New York.

In 2013, there were 420 deaths resulting from heroin overdoses compared to 335 murders, according to the city’s Department of Health. In 2014, a total of 2,186 pounds of heroin valued at $300 million was confiscated by law enforcement agencies.

Between the DEA and the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, a total of 350 pounds of smack was seized in the first three months of 2015. The amount matches the total amount confiscated by both agencies in all of 2014.

“We’ve never seen these kinds of numbers, not even in the heroin epidemics from 30 to 40 years ago,” said James Hunt, field supervisor for the DEA’s New York Field Division.

The busts are a small portion the heroin reaching the street that is supplying the demand.

Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan says the powder that has flooded the streets is due to demand. “Clearly, we have a problem, It’s like candy, it has resulted in the rising rate of addiction in the city,” said Brennan.

Brennan points out heroin addictions have not been limited to one type of social class, it has plagued individuals from all races and economic backgrounds, which was evident with the overdose death of actor Actor Philip Hoffman.

Hoffman’s body was discovered in his West Village apartment last year with a heroin needle still inserted in his arm.

The majority of heroin addicts first start off hooked on prescription painkillers such as OxyContin or Roxy but move to heroin because it is cheaper and more readily available.

“This is an epidemic, “Heroin can no longer be considered a ghetto drug that just plagues the urban areas. Now, It’s present in the suburbs, and it affects all economic and social classes. This is a problem that’s all over,” said Hunt.

Heroin gets trafficked into the city by the Mexican cartels; then shipped to heroin drug mills, operating out of residential homes in the Bronx and Manhattan.

The smack is then broken down, packaged and stamped with names such as “Homerun,” “Homicida,” Google and even the “First Lady,” after Michelle Obama. The heroin then hits the streets throughout the five boroughs, Long Island, Westchester County and Upstate New York.

The legalization of marijuana in states like Colorado and Washington has hurt the pot business for the Mexican Cartels. Now the narco-traffickers rely on heroin and methamphetamine as the primary source of revenue.

The heroin mostly originates out of Colombia and is 60% to 70% pure, compared to the product of the 1970’s which was only 10% pure.

The purity lets addicts snort the drug to get high, eliminating the need for injecting the drug.

“The thought of a needle would scare a lot of people off, but Addicts eventually end up injecting the drug, but they start off snorting it or sprinkling it on alcoholic drinks.” said Brennan.

Once a person needs the drug to feed their addiction and to inject a needle in your arm is no longer a big deal at that point.”

The top five neighborhoods in 2013 with the most heroin deaths in the city were the Bronx neighborhoods of Fordham, Tremont, and Mott Haven. And in the Staten Island Neighborhoods of Tottenville and Willowbrook.

In Staten Island the addictions have become so rampant, NYPD officers are now required to carry a dose of Naloxone, which is a nasal spray that helps revive victims suffering from a heroin or prescription drug overdose.

In May of 2014, Half of the city’s cops carried the lifesaving drug. However, now all officers are required to have the drug readily available. In the first quarter of 2015, it already saved the lives of 11 people.

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