Provo man in Utah ‘vomits’ 33 heroin bindles in bathroom
Breaking News Apr 23, 2018
Provo man in Utah ‘vomits’ 33 heroin bindles in bathroom

The Provo Police Department were in for a surprise on Saturday after they arrested a man who threw up nearly three dozen bindles/small envelopes of heroin. As per the police records, just before 11:00 p.m. local time on April 21, 2018, the Department received a complaint of a man smoking heroin at the 930 South State Street. On arrival, the police were led to the bathroom by the man’s wife where the suspect, Mitchell Dean Kuhni (30), had locked himself in and was smoking heroin. He made the officers wait for several minutes before coming out and when he finally did, he could not walk properly. Kuhni was then walked back to the bathroom where he vomited seven black bindles into the toilet. He then vomited 26 more bindles into the container placed before him. In all, the police recovered 36 bindles that later tested positive for heroin.

Kuhni was arrested and charged with third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance with the intention to distribute it. He was also charged with two misdemeanors for criminal mischief and evidence tampering.

Heroin abuse in America has steadily increased since 2007 with about 948,000 Americans using the drug in 2015. Heroin abuse can lead to a number of serious health conditions, including infectious diseases, liver and kidney diseases and fatal overdose. Due to the euphoria-causing effects and painful drug withdrawal symptoms, the best way to detox from heroin is through professional drug addiction rehabilitation combining drug abuse therapy and after-care program.

Rising heroin overdoses in Utah linked to inaccessibility to prescription opioids

While the nation struggles with the opioid crisis, Utah has seen a simultaneous increase in heroin-related deaths. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, in 2016, 166 Utah residents became victims of fatal heroin overdoses compared to 127 overdose cases in 2015. The study utilized data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and found that from 2007 to 2012, heroin overdoses in Utah had reached triple digits, which had never happened before, with the overall opioid overdose fatalities lingering at about 600 every year during 2013-2016.

Though opioid overdose cases in the state remained stable during 2015-2016, the period saw an increase in the number of heroin overdoses. According to the health experts, the rising number of heroin-related overdoses demonstrate the most common path of transition from prescription opioids to heroin.

According to the state health experts, when doctors simply cut off the opioid intake, users are forced to turn to heroin to combat their pain. The health care staff should give patients healthy alternative options before taking them off all of a sudden.

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