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February 24,2017:

According to the Washington Post, a 22 year old man is responsible for more than two dozen heroin overdoses which all occurred on the same day in Huntington, West Virginia.  Bruce Lamar Griggs is a 22-year-old heroin dealer who is now wasting his life away behind bars for these overdoses. He my face up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted of the crimes he is charged with. The 911 overdose calls came into the police station over and over within hours of each other. There were not only traces of heroin found in the bags that these 26 people overdosed on. There were also deadly traces of fentanyl and carfentanil found within the bags and urine samples when they were tested.

This is an epidemic that has only just begun. It is a disgrace. This is our youth being wasted away. A 22 year old is sitting in jail. He may be facing life behind bars while 27 others have overdosed because of the drug that he sold to them. These are alarming numbers. We are in the midst of a war against heroin and we are losing. Huntington, West Virginia is a small city of about 49,000 people where deaths from heroin overdoses are nearly 10 times the national average. About 8,000 of the 49,000 residents – roughly 16 percent of it’s population – are addicted to drugs, most commonly, opioids (Washington Post 1).

Bruce Lamar Griggs, 22, has plead guilty in federal court to selling the deadly heroin to all 27 of the overdose victims where at least one victim died. Griggs faces up to 20 years in federal prison and up to a $1 million dollar fine. His sentencing is set for April 10th at 1:30 pm. Hopefully justice will be served for the victims and the families of the victims that have passed. If you or a loved one are struggling with alcoholism or addiction, please reach out for help before it is too late.


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