Cheese-like heroin killing Texan teens

Cheese-like heroin killing Texan teens

*Perilous Times

Cheese-like heroin killing Texan teens*

Andy Lines in Dallas
Sunday September 9, 2007
The Observer

A teenage student has become the latest victim in Dallas to die from a
powerful and highly addictive new street drug known as 'cheese'. The
rise of the drug, a mixture of black tar heroin and powdered headache
tablets, has been described as an epidemic. Dealers often sell it at $2
a time to get youngsters hooked. Because it is snorted, teenagers do not
realise they are taking such a lethal heroin-based drug.

Since 2005 at least 23 teenagers in the Texan city have died after
taking cheese, so called because it resembles crumbled Parmesan. The
latest victim was 18-year-old Scott Clark, a volunteer for a local
animal charity and a fitness fanatic.

The drug is mass produced in Mexico and smuggled across the border in
increasing quantities. The authorities are so concerned that a special
regional 'cheese task force' has been set up to tackle the problem.

Sergeant Jeremy Liebbe said: 'To market heroin to kids, you've got to
get rid of the needle because even the hardcore cheese users that we've
identified and brought into custody have said "I wouldn't stick a needle
in me to get high, but I'll snort it up my nose".

The deaths have been almost split 50-50 between Hispanic and white
youths. The vast majority of the victims have been boys. Only two girls
have died from the drug.
Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services,
said: 'We've had this drug in the community for some time and didn't
recognise it at first. Cheese heroin has been the most instantly
addictive and deadliest drug that we have seen since the crack cocaine
Wow, I can't believe this is still going on!??!

I remember hearing about this a few months ago. It makes me sick. They're taking advantage of kids who are in a hard place, or just looking for some fun. Cops need to catch these guys, and charge them with MURDER. If a dealer sells something to someone who does not know the proper knowledge of the product, they should be responsible.
A lot of kids do it for acceptance, the thrill and even rebellion.

I agree that those that are selling should be caught, and if they do know that it kills, charged with murder.