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Thursday, February 5, 2015

HEROIN CASES ON THE RISE IN NORTH OAKLAND COUNTY

This article is somewhat of a continuation of an earlier blog post regarding the illegal use of prescription drugs. In that article I spoke of the rising incidents of children helping themselves to unlocked medicine cabinets and the bounty of opiates they may find which are appropriately prescribed to their parents or other household members.

Don’t fall prey to the thought, “well, that’s not my kids”. Unprotected drugs are not worth the risk.  And, once an opiate habit is developed getting off it can prove to be very difficult and expensive. Moreover the rate of recidivism amongst opiate addicts is VERY high.

This problem is no longer an inner city problem. It has spread from the ghetto to suburbia and farther out rural areas.

In Brandon Township, a part of North Oakland County, a 24 year old man overdosed in the parking lot of a Citgo gas station pretty much right in the middle of that town. On January 16 2015, police arrived to see the driver of the vehicle trying to pull the unconscious man from his car that was running. The passenger was pale and unresponsive. His breathing was shallow; he was drenched in sweat with a belt still tied around his arm.

The driver stated they had bought heroin in Detroit and the “friend” just overdosed while in the gas station parking lot. Both men are Brandon township residents.

If the unconscious man lives he will be charged with possession of Heroin, a four year felony!

The driver will be charged with possession of marijuana which was found in the console.

Lt. Brent Miles of the OCSO (Oakland County Sheriff’s Office), stated that Heroin cases are up MORE than 230 percent from 2013.

He believes, and so do I, that the increase is due in large part to the cheap cost of the drug. Drug dealers are seeing an opportunity and they are capitalizing on it. More of the drug is being smuggled into the Country due to the demand. The cheap price in part is a reflection of the competition for the influx of new addicts.

As I have stated before, another considerable contributing factor for the explosion of Heroin users is that, once junior can no longer help himself to grandmas Oxycontin that she legally takes to say fight the pain of cancer, he must turn to the street to purchase them. And, when an 80mg oxy costs $80.00 on the street, it’s not going to be too long before he starts buying bindles of Heroin for $10.00 each. Of course junior would most likely start using the Heroin by smoking it or snorting it but it doesn’t take long before he does not get the same affect and begins injecting it. Life becomes very precarious at this juncture. Lt. Miles claims that although there are cases where they use long-term, but it's rare, they usually don't last that long.

If a family member or friend finds himself/herself in this type of situation early intervention can have a significant impact on how a criminal case proceeds thru court, and, ultimately, how it is resolved. Your first step should be to call the Law Offices of Martin Lievois in Troy at 248-419-0566 or in Flint at 810-250-4550.



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