Friday, August 19, 2005

What is bad heroin?

New York is still buzzing about the bad batch of heroin that killed Mellie Carballo and Maria Pesantez. Cops filed charges against a man who gave the two girls cocaine which they themselves mixed with heroin. Pesantez, at least, had both coke and heroin in her.

Let's look at the last line of the story: "The smack may have been too pure or altered with a poisonous additive, authorities said."

So, is there bad heroin floating around New York? Well, it's hard to say. For one thing, heroin can be considered bad if it is too good. And people develop resistance to the drug, so one person's too good is another's just right. And if more people who have died recently turn up with both coke and heroin in their veins, it could mean not that a bad batch of heroin is coming into the city, but that speedballs are coming back into vogue. Speedballs kill, y'all.

Heroin is the drug that gets associated with these kind of alerts. Check out the Google results for "bad heroin" to "bad cocaine" to, just for laughs, "bad marijuana." Injecting a substance of dubious origin into your bloodstream is simply a stupid thing to do.

I'm going to say something ugly now, and it will probably offend some of you. That's fine. But it needs to be said: while the death of two college co-eds is sad, they were two legal adults who made some very, very bad decisions. I have not heard anything that suggests that these two were forced to shoot up.

As someone who believes that drugs should be legalized, I also believe that you have to take responsibility for your actions. No one killed these two girls. They killed themselves, just as if they'd gotten very drunk and drove into a telephone pole. It is tragic. I feel for the parents. But it isn't the fault of the person who gave them cocaine. It isn't the fault of whoever gave or sold them the heroin. It isn't society's fault. Any person with the ability to gain entry into college is smart enough not to inject drugs. These girls are not victims of anyone but themselves.


Blogger Trench said...

These girls are not victims of anyone but themselves.

Hear Hear

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the sad thing is that there's no outpour of emotion for the other 4 people that died that weekend, no photos, no parental denial...perhaps the others were no quite a "photo friendly"?

7:58 AM  
Anonymous randi said...

I have been reading about this story just about all day. I've heard many different opinions. So far, your opinion is the first one that I agree with. These girls are adults and they make their own decisions. As far as the family being in denial, they have every right to be. Someone who abuses drugs whether it's once just to try it or several times because you like it, you always try your hardest to hide it from the people who care about you. They made the choice to use coke and heroin and if they were drinking, like they say "it's Their Bad.

4:18 PM  

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