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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb. 10, 2014 / 10 Adar I, 5774

Heroin Makes a Comeback

By Diane Dimond




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Heroin is back — with a vengeance.

It never really disappeared from the drug-culture landscape, of course, but its popularity center has widened these days. It's no longer the drug of choice for only the down-and-out habitual street druggie. Today, heroin has become a favorite of many middle- and upper-class folks who have lost their way in the search to find pain relief.

This is not a column about the tragic recent passing of acclaimed actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, 46, who was found dead in his New York apartment, reportedly, surrounded by as many as 70 glassine bags of heroin. Nor last year's passing of the popular star of the TV show "Glee," Corey Montieth, 31, who succumbed to a heroin overdose in a Vancouver hotel room.

Those celebrity stories make for a lot of headlines, but the much bigger story is about the rest of us. There are hundreds of thousands of Americans who currently snort or inject into their veins one of the most unpredictable and deadly drugs known to man. That should be of concern to all of us.

So many Americans have gotten hooked on so many different kinds of prescription painkilling drugs over the last decade — opiates such as Oxycontin or Vicodin — that new federal laws tightening access to them were passed, prices soared, and it became cheaper for addicts to buy a $10 bag of heroin.

Most frightening? According to drug abuse experts, an astonishing number of young people — those who romanticized the high they experienced after raiding their parent's medicine cabinet — have also turned to heroin.

The latest National Survey on drug use and health reports that heroin use in the U.S. has nearly doubled in the last 10 years. Some 156,000 Americans age 12 or older admitted they first tried heroin in 2012. (That is not a misprint. Yes, 12-year-old children are using heroin.) This is a fraction of the total number of illicit drug abusers in this country, but here's the saddest part: Today's heroin is killing people at an alarming rate.

In Naperville, Illinois — an affluent suburb near Chicago's heroin-riddled West Side — nearly 20 high school students have died of heroin overdoses in the last six years. CNN showcased a young woman from Naperville named Gabby Muro. Hooked on heroin at 15, Gabby was arrested for possession, and spent two years in prison. She believes her time behind bars saved her life. Gabby's take on what lures kids from her upper-middle-class neighborhood to use heroin?

"Their parents just hand them all this money," she said. "They don't even ask, like, 'What are you going to do? Where are you going?' They do whatever they want."

Kids in the know in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, could visit a local McDonald's to get heroin. Police say employee Shania Dennis, 26, instructed buyers to go to the drive-up window and say, "I'd like to order a toy." That code got them a Happy Meal box with heroin packets inside. Earlier this year, another McDonald's employee in Murrysville, Pa., was also arrested for selling heroin.

A federal agent who runs major heroin trafficking investigations recently told ABC News, "Heroin is exploding nationwide. It's making a huge comeback. People are dropping like flies." Part of the reason is that addicts have no way of knowing the potency of the heroin they buy — or what might have been added to it.



Law enforcement reports that heroin laced with fentanyl — a powerful painkiller given to terminal cancer patients — has been cropping up at overdose-death scenes in the Northeast at a frightening rate. Since purveyors of this poison often exchange trade secrets, officials worry this tainted type of heroin could now appear nationwide.

Packets stamped with the words "Thera-flu" or "Bud Ice" are thought to have caused the recent deaths of more than 20 people in western Pennsylvania, 22 heroin-related deaths in Rhode Island and as many as 37 in Maryland since September. State Police in Massachusetts recently confiscated more than 1,200 packets of heroin with the words "Obamacare" and "Kurt Cobain" stamped on the bags.

The governor of Vermont devoted his entire State of the State speech last month to what he called the full-blown heroin and opiate crisis there. Gov. Peter Shumlin literally begged the legislature for more money for treatment programs noting that it costs Vermont $1,120 a week to keep an addict in prison while a week's worth of treatment at a state-run center costs $123. Nearly 80 percent of Vermont's prisoners are serving time on drug charges.

"The time has come for us to stop quietly averting our eyes from the growing heroin addiction in our front yards," Shumlin said, "while we fear and fight treatment facilities in our backyards."

For those readers who think this topic doesn't touch their life — I implore you to think again.

A heroin high now costs less than a decent bottle of wine, a movie ticket or a meal for two at a fast-food joint. Functioning heroin addicts are all around us, yet realize they are one tainted glassine bag away from a meltdown — or death. They drive next to us on the highways, work in our hospitals or teach in our schools. Those who have been arrested and incarcerated went through the taxpayer-funded justice system and are sitting in prisons paid for with your tax dollars.

The heroin epidemic affects you. It affects all of us. And it's only getting worse.

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Investigative journalist and syndicated columnist Diane Dimond has covered all manner of celebrity and pop culture stories.








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