Cheese Heroin Reappears at Thomas Jefferson

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Chris Gash
"Cheese," the cheap-as-hell mixture of cold medicine and black tar heroin, is again rearing its head at DISD's Thomas Jefferson High School. The school, which was known by students as the Cheesehead Factory, had reportedly done a pretty good job of ridding if from their hallways.

Now, another student has died of an apparent overdose. According to police, detectives are investigating the death of a 14-year-old TJ student who was found dead at a home in Northwest Dallas. Police are also investigating the death of a 17-year-old Garland boy found dead in an apartment in the 11600 block of Ferguson Road.

Police are waiting on a toxicology report in both cases.

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Why don't we let Glaxor or Pfizer own the chemical formularies for meth, coke, pot, hash, smack whatever. Then it all would be legal, subsidized by taxpayers and hailed by the GOP as another "job creator". Like high fructose corn syrup, tobacco and Mcdonalds.

Guesty
Guesty

What about the children!!!  How many kids die tonight because they drank too much "Imperial Paradise"?

Roxycapps
Roxycapps

my son is the 17 yr old from garland talked about here. My son was trying to get off but struggled. Eveyone who knew him fell in love with him. Garland has a great amount of teen users on cheese. My sons death has helped many change their ways. He death will continue to save lifes. I want to help other teens seek help before its to late. My baby will forever be missed. I love you Manuel Angel Capetillo aka Manny Fresh. roxycapps@gmail.com

scottindallas
scottindallas

the greatest tragedy about heroine is that it seems to appeal to the gentlest and sweetest among us.  I'm sorry for your loss.  Let's hope his woeful example will discourage others from going down this dangerous path.

Albert
Albert

Sympathies for your loss, but having seen the realities, would you support the legalization of heroin?

Sanders Kaufman
Sanders Kaufman

Dallas has a very real, very large heroin problem, but this Cheese thing is a crisis manufactured for the media. 

I personally asked teenage junkies in Dallas where they got the idea to do "cheese" - and they all say they learned about it through the school district's media campaign.  When I talked to junkies in Plano, they said it's something that kids at Dallas ISD are doing.

The kids would much rather just shoot straight heroin, but they hear from the district about this newer, funner way to do heroin and they give it a try.  But they don't really like it much, preferring to cut their heroin with cocaine, if anything.

Funny Peculiar not ha ha
Funny Peculiar not ha ha

It is funny how the illustration to this article would lead a naive person to think the cheese heroin users are white kids, when in reality at least 98% of the overdosed dead and 100% of the dealers were actually Mexicans/ Latinos.

RTGolden
RTGolden

Dead kids are dead kids.  Their race, religion, country of origin, address or social standing really have no bearing on the outcome of the story, or the impact on society. It's funny (peculiar, not haha) that you would chose to focus on this one aspect of the story, instead of on the overall message being relayed.Are naive people going to care less about this problem if they know it is afflicting latinos more or less than whites?  Does that make it less of a problem?  If it is latinos selling drugs to latinos should we just look the other way, view it as some sort of 'cultural thing'?

I'm not being an ass, I'm seriously trying to figure out where you're going with your comment.

Albert
Albert

When I was a teenager in a town near NYC, heroin was really, really popular - especially during Operation Intercept, when there was no weed. Several kids died and for some reason, no-one thought tom suggest "hey, let's legalize this shit!",  not even the junkies, even they knew it was bad.

Legal weed, yes, but there's no reason to make really bad things more available.

Cool Story Bro
Cool Story Bro

How many years or decades ago did your interesting narrative take place?

Cool story bro. We are discussing Dallas in 2012.

Albert
Albert

 During the 60's and 70's, and then the wave of cocaine that accompanied the well-to-do during the 80's.

Whether it be Dallas in 2012 or NYC in 1974, heroin is still the same, hasn't changed a bit.

Albert
Albert

Oh, and BTW, every single junkie in this affluent town was white, and by most standards, quite well-off.

 

Albert
Albert

I'll look into the Swedish and Portugese models you cite, but keep in mind that old axiom, the US is not Sweden.

scottindallas
scottindallas

the swedes did the same thing, making a clean record a qualification of the drug.  Crime has been cut by 3 fold, actual use is down, and od's are non-existent.   Portugal had great success, decreased usage and reduced crime with their legalization campaign.  Drug prohibition makes these drugs more expensive, more dangerous and a greater social ill than they are themselves.

Albert
Albert

Th only way to "legalize" heroin is the British way.  When I lived in London in the 70's, the state-registered junkies would que up a the chemists for maintenance dose. They would boot up in a provided room then go about their business until it was time to que and boot.

Worked quite well, there was little if any drug-related crime, Ol' Bill carried no firearms, most of the city was safe.

If we choose that route here, parents can register their kids for the free, legal state dope just like they register them for swim classes at the Y.

scottindallas
scottindallas

 heroine is a terrific drug for legalization.  The deaths in Plano in the turn of the century (11-13 years ago)  were the result of a drug war.  The purity of heroine had spiked to record levels here, and many kids died.  The purity of heroine is a big deal, and makes using that much more dangerous. 

scottindallas
scottindallas

What killed them?  Len Bias died of an allergy to cocaine, he likely had never done more than a key bump.  He went into and out of anaphalactic shock 3 times over a few hours before he died.  If cocaine were legal, or decriminalized he'd probably be alive.  His friends wouldn't have been to scared to take him to get medical help. 

Some people are allergic to heroine.  Others od, collapsing their lungs.   Though that is easily treated.  How many ods are the result of friends too scared to call for help? 

Albert
Albert

Maybe after seeing their friend die, they'll too scared to snort.

scottindallas
scottindallas

 well Len Bias died after wallowing on the floor for hours.  Again, not from the direct effect of Cocaine, but from an allergy.  You seem to support a laizzez faire attitude about death but not about the drugs.  Why not tax and regulate this, if you're content to let users die.  Rather, I suspect you haven't really thought about your views. 

scottindallas
scottindallas

 except for England, Switzerland, Portugal and Sweden.  The other American states all appealed to the US to reconsider it's drug laws.  Other than those, you've got an ironclad trend.

RTGolden
RTGolden

I would agree that there are reasons legalizing cocaine, heroin, pot, and other narcotics will never happen.  Those reasons have very little to do with science, fact or social well being.  Those reasons have everything to do with money.  There are vast sums of money being exchanged on both sides of the illegal drug trade.  The cartels, growers, wholesalers  and dealers certainly don't want their livelihoods suddenly to be taxed.  The government doesn't want it legalized, there's a $40bil industry around the drug war. (at least).  The population is split a hundred different ways on the issue, and very little of the debate involves rational discussion. The discussion between you and Scott illustrates this very well.  Instead of the give and take one would expect in a discussion aimed at a solution, both of you are dismissive of the other's views, casting aspersions upon the intelligence of the opposition rather than supporting your own arguments.

Albert
Albert

If a food product can demonstrably kill people when there is a viable substitute available, it's not such a stretch to have a government outlaw that particular product.

Heroin has a track record, there's no reason to legalize it, there is no benefit.

Albert
Albert

Drug addiction is treated as a medical issue, and a legal issue.

Legalizing heroin, or methadrine, or Cocaine, or any drug with a demonstrably negative effect on individuals and society is a step backwards, not forwards.

That's why all societies outlaw them, to one degree or another.

scottindallas
scottindallas

tobacco will kill you.  If you can get clean heroine, it's safer than alcohol or tobacco.

scottindallas
scottindallas

you must support banning tobacco post haste.  You certainly must be big on the anti-transfat laws--that shit is poison.  No Albert, as I suggested, you haven't thought through your position, cause you can't articulate it worth a damn. 

carlton
carlton

That is not my argument at all. You conflate my disdain for tobacco products with support for heroin. In truth, my belief is that the government has no business preventing people from consuming anything they wish. Twinkies and McDonald's "food" are each more harmful to the body than Cannabis, yet due to big business and congressional special interests it has been illegal since 1937.

I don't believe anyone should consume tobacco, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine or the vast majority of pharmaceutical concoctions, but incarcerating people because they choose to consume a substance is morally wrong.

Drug use should be treated as a medical issue, and I don't mean a methadone or suboxone clinic. Throwing people in jail for such trivial and petty purposes only serves to enrich those in control of the justice system and destroy thousands of families each year.

There are functioning lawyers, judges, police officers, firemen, university professors, and scientists who all use drugs of some sort in the privacy of their own lives, so the idea that 'drugs destroy our society' is a patent falsehood. Incarceration of otherwise innocent individuals does far more harm to society than all drugs combined, but you probably don't wish to hear that because it goes against your already heavily entrenched, yet still thoroughly incorrect belief.

Albert
Albert

I have to admit, you offer a very strong argument.

"Tobacco is dangerous, let's legalize heroin!"

carlton
carlton

I'd rather take the statistics' word for it. More than ten times the number of people die from tobacco use/consumption/secondhand smoke than all other drugs combined, save alcohol.

Over 440,000 people each year suffer a tobacco related death, yet it is still perfectly legal. Add on top of that $96 billion in medical costs and another $97 billion in lost productivity, and the only thing left to say is:

Your Point Is Invalid.

Albert
Albert

Ask any heroin user what the difference is between tobacco and heroin.

Albert
Albert

sqweasel, are you high?

sqweasel
sqweasel

And alcohol.  Dream on.  The GOP are steering dollars into their corporate overlords' pockets, and it is only a matter of time before they start touting the benefits the drug tax dollars will bring to all levels of government and as well as the overlords.

carlton
carlton

Right, just look at how illegal tobacco is.

Albert
Albert

I have, Scott, for 40 years. Legalizing and taxing poision may seem like a great idea, but there are reasons it will never, ever happen. I will not explain it to you, because it's not even an issue.

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Lakewooder
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