Heroin stakes claims in Hollywood and Utah

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Drugs have plagued Hollywood for years, and this past Sunday drugs claimed the life of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

NY Daily News reported, “Seventy glassine baggies of heroin packed for individual sale — at least 50 of them unopened — were discovered in the $10,000-a-month rental where the Oscar-winning actor was found dead Sunday with a needle stuck in his left arm, sources said.” 

A sad ending to the life of Hoffman. Celebrities from across the nation tweeted their last goodbyes to the talented actor.

The actor supposedly died of a heroin drug overdose, something that may seem all too common in Hollywood or the movies we watch. But heroin isn’t just a problem among Hollywood’s elite.

ABC 4 Utah reported, “Heroin is significantly cheaper than pills, and it’s easy to find. According to reports, Utah ranks among the highest in the country for heroin use among teens.”

The Daily Herald reported, “In July of 2013 there was an $8 Million heroin bust.” Lt. Phil Murphy, with the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force, said that this is one of the biggest heroin busts in Utah’s history.”

One less drug dealer on the street can make Utah a better place, but just how many more people at a smaller scale are dealing and using heroin?

“It is the most deadly drug in the area and what is causing many of the overdoses,” Murphy said to the Daily Herald. “Because of the nature of it and how many people can get hooked on it, we are extremely pleased with these arrests because of the significant problems it caused in the state.”

Cheap and deadly, a lethal combination when it comes to heroin. The question is raised, then, if heroin is here to establish residency in the Beehive State or if it is just a passing trend. Death from heroin can claim the lives of both old and young. Hoffman was only 46 at the time of his passing.

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