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OK, so here goes, I’m going to give you my perspective on this whole Heroin thing, who am I you ask? I’m a 20 plus year retired Corrections officer, that’s who. If you don’t like what I’m going to say then stop reading now and hit the dislike button, because I’m going to hit you with a slap of the truth. I’ve seen more OD’s, quite a few deaths and my fair share of detoxing addicts to have a local, first hand authority to weigh in on the shit that’s going on. The fact of the matter is nobody important or high up the ladder enough cared about the heroin problem in this country until privileged white kids starting getting addicted and started dying. How did that happen you ask? By Doctors overprescribing the highly addictive OxyContin, Oxycodone and other painkillers for every little bump and bruise without understanding the long term effects. Little Johnny and Sally then raid the medicine cabinet and presto we have an epidemic. Yes, it’s a simplified version but it’s basically what’s going on.

Heroin – Let’s face it, for the last 40 some odd years, Worcester (yes, the big Woo) has been known as the Heroin Mecca of New England, so this shit ain’t new. It’s where those who are Jonsin’ go to get their fix. Where else can you get your smack for 15 bucks a bag or less and the purity level is above 80%? In the prison, they would smuggle it in in diapers, baby bottles, throw it over the fence in tennis balls and the rare creative type will tape it to an arrow and shoot it over the fence in the middle of the night. Every once in a while the gangs would have a delivery guy from the local vendor put it in the candy machine in the visiting room and tell the visitor which one to buy. Bullshit you ask? Well hang on to your hat.

Whether you like it or not, historically there has been a street rule to heroin trafficking and it goes like this…The Columbians import it, The Dominican’s push it and the Puerto Rican’s use it. Sorry if I offended any of you but it’s the God’s honest truth. Don’t get me wrong, the white cons weren’t any better. They would “tuck” it up their asses to get it inside and distribute it amongst their trusted allies. The heroin in Worcester is so pure it doesn’t require a needle, snorting it is just as effective and mitigates the risk of communicable diseases. I also witnessed the first waves of HIV\AIDS into the prison system from IV drug use and that was an even worse mess.

I’ve seen people of all races perform…..things I can’t mention on Turtleboy Sports because it’s a family blog……for a bag. One of our colorful male prostitutes we fondly called “The Portland Street Prowler” was so good he could tuck a square pack of Red Apples (Marlboro cigs to you civilians) up his keester with a deep breath and a push northward. He would go to the gym, social workers office, infirmary etc. and do his drops. Within 3 hours the facility was loaded.

In the early days we would detox them with sugar packets and let them vomit for 7-10 days. After that stage was over we would stuff them full of chicken legs, mashed potatoes and white bread to put the weight back on. More than one would tell me how they couldn’t wait to get out and score a fix. My favorite dooshnozzle would tell me how he was going to “have five bags in my arm by noon” on the day he was released. Only to come back 6 months later, 50 pounds lighter, ready for another round of detox and prepared to do it all over again. Now a days we give them “medicine” so the detox isn’t as bad and maybe they will go into long term rehab. (BTW, he’s dead)

Now that the middle class white kids are seeking heroin to substitute for the lack of pain pills the mothers of America are up in arms. They can’t understand how their poor innocent kid could ever find their way to hard street drugs. Once they get the first taste, they chase the dragon like everyone else. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sympathetic to those who have lost loved ones to this scourge but the only thing new is the customer in the suburbs.

Well, guess what? The state sponsored Methadone clinics that you and I pay for with our hard earned taxes are the worst enablers of this cycle of failure than anyone else. There are 19 clinics in Worcester County that make big bucks off of the addicts by handing out their daily dose of Methadone. For the record, the average Heroin detox is about 7-10 days. The average Methadone detox is 2-3 weeks. I’m not offering any statistics from a medical journal study, I’m offering up a first-hand eyewitness account from walking the tiers every day, year in, year out. Methadone clinics are required to collect a urine sample before handing out “the dose” and even when the “clients” still pop positive for opiates they are given the Orange Fairy and sent on their way.

Where am I going with all this? I have no idea, but I fear nobody else does either. One things for sure, the powers that be are going to create task forces, committees, action groups, etc. Millions of dollars are going to be poured into studies, programs and solutions that won’t work. The cycle is only going to be broken when we can trace the source back to its roots, Poppies don’t grow in Main South.   When the hell are we going wake up and stop paying for this abuse? So that my friends, is your slap of the truth.

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  • jackie
    March 19, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Sounds like an over privileged CO named Sean Nelson. If your so passionate about it be a substance abuse counselor!

    • Clean Hippie
      March 19, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      No, only former addicts should be counsellors.

  • john
    March 18, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    some people use the clinic just to get their day going but the people that dont abuse it, it works fine for. personally it saved my life its keeps a needle out of my arm everyday abd it gave me the time to get my prioritys in line and get my life on track. You are right about the people that abuse the clinic not the people that are on it to stop doing heroin.

    • E
      March 20, 2015 at 8:52 am

      This site is trash and wonders why people think this site is racist

  • Crap
    March 18, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Anyone find any sports lately from turtleboy sports? Nope?

    This guy’s an idiot. He offers no solution, throws up some casual racism, and says well, fuck it, addicts gonna addict.

    This site deserves better.

  • craven
    March 18, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    I know of someone who has been “on methadone” for 15 YEARS, the problem is, he doesn’t actually take it…..he turns around and sells it for money to buy more dope. How this person is allowed to drive a cab in Worcester is beyond me. He messed with the wrong person once and a bunch of people called the methadone clinic and told them that he was selling his……they didn’t shut him off.

    I’m happy you can get good dope cheap in Worcester, let the junkies drop like flies. Problem solved.

  • Not-A-Hippie
    March 18, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    He’s speaking the truth.

    As far as the clinics… Well, the more you subsidize something the more of it you’ll have.

    Make the detox horrible again, and maybe there’ll be at least *some* motivation for people to stop abusing the shit. But since we can’t have anybody suffering over anything in today’s wimpy society- this is what you get.

    Then there’s the insurance companies. They’ll pay for all the narcotic pills you can swallow, but they won’t pay for something “more expensive” that both works, and isn’t addictive. It’s not just the doctors.

  • Wabbitt
    March 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    The smackheads are the reason you can never get a cab in Webster. The local cab company had a contract with the state to shuttle the addicts to the methadone clinic on Lincoln Street (at the corner of Oriel Dr., aka where that 15 year old “soldier” was shot the other night). So if someone in town actually wanted to pay for a cab to go to Walmart or grocery shopping, they’d have to wait two hours.

    But the cab company would swear that wasn’t the case. Even when half of their cabs were sitting at the clinic for all to see.

  • Maggie the Cat
    March 18, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Good Guest Blog. Thanks for the real-life picture.

  • lol
    March 18, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Lol average purity 80% it’s more like2-3% your expertise is questionable at best

    • Andrea
      March 18, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      You are 100% wrong! It is 70-80% pure, in the 80’s it was 10%…the person who wrote this blog is spot on.

  • michelle
    March 18, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Well said and so true…working in Healthcare I see this shit everyday. SO SAD, BUT, SO TRUE. I live in this and see it outside my window every damn day and am ashamed to tell people where I live. White people, including myself, get pulled over in this neighborhood and are asked why are you in this neighborhood, they warn them and tell them not to come back here…if you live here, they find a fraudulent reason to give you a ticket. We have to keep an eye out for the druggies who look for a place to break into to find something valuable to sell for drugs. It jus seems to he getting worse since buying my house from my In-laws in 1999.

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