Officers of the Bensalem Police Department on Jan. 10, 2018, arrested a 26-year-old woman on drug charges, almost three weeks after they recovered a backpack containing four bricks of heroin worth around $100,000 outside a local middle school. According to media reports, the bag containing the drug was found outside Cecilia Snyder Middle School in Bensalem, Bucks County, on Dec. 20, 2017. According to investigating officers, the drug consignment had nearly 10,000 doses of heroin.
After discovering the drugs, the police officers initiated a thorough investigation to find out the source of the bag. Analyzing the footages captured by the surveillance video camera, authorities noticed a tan Toyota Corolla with New Jersey registration number in the area where the bag was found. However, it was a vehicle that the police found during a traffic stop in Bensalem Township that led to the arrest of Natasha Willis.
Following interrogation, Willis admitted to possessing of heroin and “accidentally placing” the bag outside her car behind the school premises. Fortunately, the prompt action of the school staff and timely intervention of the police ensured that the drugs didn’t reach the wrong hands. Willis, who was taken to the Bucks County Correctional Facility, faces charges of drug possession and intent to distribute. Currently, her bail amount is set at 10 percent of $750,000.
“It should be noted that this heroin was not intended for the school and at no time were students placed in danger due to the quick action of school district personnel and police,” the police said.
Heroin abuse common across US
In a country that is already in the throes of a terrible opioid crisis, the growing influx of cheap, potent heroin from Mexico is wreaking havoc across all communities. Heroin use is simply not limited to crime-ridden neighborhoods alone, instead, it has claimed many victims even in affluent suburbs, resulting in a skyrocketing surge in overdose deaths in recent years. Studies show that Americans using heroin are likely to be using other more harmful drugs. Just like alcohol or any other mind-altering substance, heroin is an illicit opioid that can be injected, smoked or even snorted.
Owing to its harmful and addictive nature, heroin is classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970. Heroin use has increased manifold nationwide with millions of Americans getting caught in the clutches of addiction faster than ever. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heroin overdose death rates spiraled by 20.6 percent from 2014 to 2015 and approximately 13,000 people lost their lives in 2015 alone.
According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), about 475,000 people aged 12 or older were current heroin users in that year. However, addiction to heroin can be treated with timely medical interventions. If a person is grappling with heroin use disorder, he/she should immediately seek professional help from a reputed drug addiction treatment provider.
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