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Drug bust by Boston police led to arrest of 3
In America, the number of people using heroin for the first time is significantly high, driven by the availability of the drug on the streets. Even in the State of Massachusetts, where drug abuse is centered around heroin abuse, there has been a fourfold rise in overdose rate as compared to other states in the country.
Recently, a search into an apartment in Old Colony Avenue in a South Boston neighborhood by the Boston police department (BPD) led to the arrest of three men for the suspicion of dealing with firearms and illegal drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine. The drug bust led to the seizure of two firearms, more than $1,300 of cash, 24 bags of heroin, and 35 bags of crack cocaine.
Identified as Remus Roberson, 25, Uhnari Bufford, 22, and Michael Lamontagne, 63, the accused were charged with the unlawful possession of firearms, unlawful possession ammunition, unlawful possession high capacity feeding device, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and possession with intent to distribute drugs. Lamontagne was also charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws.
Massachusetts is battling with drug epidemic
Cities across Massachusetts, such as Fall River, Lynn Lowell, Lawrence, Roxbury and Springfield, have become a hub of narcotic trafficking and distribution, and are dominated by several criminal gangs who also are retailers of drugs. Methadone, OxyContin, Percocet, Morphine, Vicodin and Codeine are few of the most commonly abused prescription drugs. However, due to high costs and tough procurement criteria, such as producing a valid medical prescription, most individuals often resort to heroin which is much cheaper and readily available.
People with drug abuse disorders tend to swallow, snort or inject heroin and other opioids which trigger a sense of euphoria. According to a recent report by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), more and more people in Massachusetts succumb to opioid overdoses than car accidents and guns. Lately, there has been a four times increase in emergency room admissions related to heroin in the state, as compared to the rest of the country.
Almost all law enforcement units across the state carry naloxone, a drug which can reverse adverse consequences of heroin overdose. It has been found that public officials in the state had saved several hundreds of lives, in 2016 alone, by using Narcan injections.
Leading a drug-free life
The production, illegal manufacture, and widespread distribution of drugs involve several criminal activities, which are fueled by widespread addiction to drugs. In addition to the physical and mental health disorders, widespread addiction to drugs has fueled a nationwide crisis by sustaining various types of criminal activities.
If you or your loved one is addicted to drugs, seek treatment immediately. The Boston Drug Treatment Rehab Center can help you get the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call us at our 24/7 helpline number at 857-254-1818 or chat online for more information on different treatment options.