Entries in Drug Addiction (2)


Suspect in New York Pharmacy Murders Pleads Not Guilty

John Foxx/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MEDFORD, N.Y.) -- The man accused of slaying four people execution-style during a prescription drug robbery at a New York pharmacy this past weekend pleaded not guilty in court Thursday, ABC News New York affiliate WABC-TV reports.

David Laffer, 33, allegedly shot two employees and two customers at Haven Drugs in the Medford section of Long Island Sunday morning.  He is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and resisting arrest.

Authorities believe Laffer committed the crimes to feed his drug addiction.

He and his wife, 29-year-old Melinda Brady, were arrested at their home on Wednesday.  Brady is charged with robbery and obstructing governmental administration.  She allegedly drove her husband to the pharmacy.

According to WABC-TV, Brady was admitted to a hospital Thursday for reasons unknown.  It is not yet known when she will be arraigned.

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Hooked: Seattle High School Battles Heroin Addiction

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(SEATTLE) -- Officials at Stanwood High School outside Seattle are fighting a bigger battle than just making sure their students graduate. They're battling heroin addiction.

Nearly 50 students at the school are hooked on heroin. Abigail Achison, 17, dropped out of Stanwood and gave into the drug.

"After the first time, I was completely hooked," Achison told ABC News. "Some people start out slowly with other drugs. I just did heroin once and I couldn't stop."

School officials and community members organized a town hall meeting Monday to raise awareness and rally around their teens.

"It's all of our problem," Lloy Schaaf, assistant superintendent of the Stanwood-Camano School District, said. "We all need to own it and we all need to do something about it."

The problem of heroin addiction in Seattle is a growing one. A middle school janitor was found earlier this year with 60 bags of heroin. Two other dealers were arrested weeks later near a suburban Seattle soccer field.

The drug's affordable price and increasing accessibility help its popularity among teens, experts say.  Kids can buy a small bag of heroin for as little as $5.

Other U.S. suburbs are battling a growth in heroin abuse, as well. There have been more heroin overdose deaths in Ohio this year, for instance, than deaths on the highway. And there has been a five-fold increase in heroin overdoses and death in Charlotte, N.C.

The explosion of heroin use by suburban teens isn't by accident. Drug dealers are strategically marketing the drug using popular brand names such as Chevrolet or Prada. Dealers will even put the logos of blockbuster films such as "Twilight" on heroin bags. A dealer might even distribute the drug for free, to get teens addicted.

Another reason for the rise in heroin use is that other drugs such as OxyContin have become harder to obtain as a result of stricter guidelines enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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