SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Shocking video is calling attention to what’s going on in one of the busiest BART stations in the Bay Area: junkies blatantly shooting up out in the open as commuters walk by, others slumped along filthy corridors.
It’s a gauntlet commuters walk through every morning at the Civic Center BART and Muni station.
Regular commuter Shannon Gafford knows people have to see it to believe it. “One morning I said, ‘I got to pull out the camera and show my friends this. They’re not going to believe it,’” he said.
And over the course of a week, Gafford documented his trip to work. His videos show dozens of people slumped along a hallway, open IV drug use, unconscious men and women, and piles of vomit on either side of the hallways.
Some may find the video shocking. Others may find it routine.
“Every day. Every morning. 5:30 to 6 o’clock. You can see there’s dozens of them. Needles everywhere. Crack. Heroin.”
“It’s a real concern for our riders, and we appreciate that,” said BART spokesman Chris Filippi. “But what we have to do is make the most of the resources, the limited resources that we have.”
- D.C. Pharmacist Mike Kim: ‘Wow, they’re making the highest laws of the land and they might not even remember what happened yesterday.’
STAT News reports:
Mike Kim, the reserved pharmacist-turned-owner of the pharmacy, said he has gotten used to knowing the most sensitive details about some of the most famous people in Washington.
“At first it’s cool, and then you realize, I’m filling some drugs that are for some pretty serious health problems as well. And these are the people that are running the country,” Kim said, listing treatments for conditions like diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
“It makes you kind of sit back and say, ‘Wow, they’re making the highest laws of the land and they might not even remember what happened yesterday.’”
Kim’s tiny pharmacy — which, at its busiest, sends as many as 100 prescriptions to members in a day — is nestled among Capitol Hill’s stateliest row houses, less than four blocks from the Capitol building itself. Founded in 1867 and named for a previous owner, the pharmacy predates penicillin, the American health insurance system, and even the Lincoln Memorial.
- Video recorded by an officer during a drug arrest in January shows the officer placing a soup can, which holds a plastic bag, into a trash-strewn lot.
- The footage was recorded automatically, before the officer activated the camera. After placing the can, the officer walks to the street, and flips his camera on.
- He returns to the lot and picks up the soup can, removing the plastic bag, which is filled with white capsules
- The man, unable to post $50,000 bail, had been in jail since January, according to attorney Deborah Levi, who is leading a new effort to track police misconduct cases for the public defender’s office
Police and prosecutors in Baltimore have launched investigations after being alerted to body camera footage that the public defender’s office says shows an officer planting drugs.
One officer has been suspended and two others have been placed on administrative duty, police said. Police said they have not reached any conclusions as to the conduct depicted in the video. Other cases in which the officers are involved are now under review as well, police and prosecutors said.
The public defender’s office, which released the footage, said it was recorded by an officer during a drug arrest in January. It shows the officer placing a soup can, which holds a plastic bag, into a trash-strewn lot.
That portion of the footage was recorded automatically, before the officer activated the camera. After placing the can, the officer walks to the street, and flips his camera on.
“I’m gonna go check here,” the officer says. He returns to the lot and picks up the soup can, removing the plastic bag, which is filled with white capsules.
Police cameras have a feature that saves the 30 seconds of video before activation, but without audio. When the officer is first in the alley, there is no audio for the first 30 seconds.
The public defender’s office flagged the video for prosecutors last week, prompting prosecutors to drop the heroin possession charge against the man arrested.
The man, unable to post $50,000 bail, had been in jail since January, according to attorney Deborah Levi, who is leading a new effort to track police misconduct cases for the public defender’s office.
Levi said prosecutors called the officer just days later as a witness in another case — without disclosing the allegations of misconduct on the officer’s part to the defense attorney in that case.
“You can’t try a case with that guy and not tell anyone about it,” Levi said.
- The father said the drug turned his son, a rugby player, from a “bright bubbly lad” into a “waste of space.”
Steve Birr | Daily Caller
A teenager cut off his own penis and stabbed his mother with a knife during a psychotic episode brought on by a potent form of cannabis called “skunk.”
The father of the teenager said the drug triggered a psychotic episode and is sharing the story in an effort to spread awareness about skunk, as it’s called in the United Kingdom. The unidentified man said his son started smoking marijuana when he was 16 but switched to skunk, a more powerful form of cannabis, out of “boredom” and soon “became paranoid,” reports The Telegraph.
The father said the drug turned his son, a rugby player, from a “bright bubbly lad” into a “waste of space.”
“He became delusional, he used to sleep with a tennis racket in his bed because he thought people were living in the walls,” his father told BBC Radio 5 Live. “I remember one instance he was telling us all about the fact that mermaids exist and it was just a whole tragic trip down a hill.”
It culminated in a psychotic episode that hospitalized the teen’s mother and landed him in a mental institute for six months and prison for two years. The father described a normal day and evening, but said his son woke up in the middle of the night in a psychotic state. The teen attacked and stabbed his mother and cut off his own penis.
- MEXICO – Drug cartels are replacing marijuana with heroin for US market.
- AFGHANISTAN – The war in Afghanistan sadly turned this backward country into world’s top producer of heroin.
WHY THE EPIDEMIC? The economic law of supply and demand is turning heroin into a choice for cheap drug. The increase supply worldwide is making heroin affordable for drug addicts. In US the price of about 28 grams of marijuana cost about $400, but one gram of heroin would be worth $225 ( According to U.N. World Drug Report 2014 )
MEXICO’S GROWING POPPY FIELDS REPLACING MARIJUANA
In the last four years the production of heroin in Mexico has surpassed marijuana.The Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA) indicate that the location of poppy crops phenomenon replaced the marijuana plantations. the period 2011-2014, the military began to find their land tours and reconnaissance flights over poppy fields, a total of 427, 229 plantations, an increase 56 percent to the previous period.
Mexico appears to be surpassing Colombia as the main producer of heroin for the US market. Brownfield recently stated that the majority of the heroin sold in the United States comes from Mexico, where US authorities have seen an increase in poppy cultivation and heroin production. – Read more: Mexico Poppy Production Feeds Growing US Heroin Demand
HOW THE WAR IN TERROR TURNED AFGHANISTAN INTO WORLD’S TOP HEROIN PRODUCER
Afghanistan is the world’s largest source of opium, producing over 90% of global supply. Opium production accordingly plays a key role in the political economy of Afghanistan. While occupying less than 3% of land under cultivation, opium is Afghanistan’s most valuable cash crop, and opiates—opium, morphine, and heroin—are its largest export, with an estimated value of $3 billion at border prices.
In the words of the US State Department:
“Opium is a source of literally billions of dollars to extremist and criminal groups… [C]utting down the opium supply is central to establishing a secure and stable democracy, as well as winning the global war on terrorism,” (Statement of Assistant Secretary of State Robert Charles. Congressional Hearing, 1 April 2004)
In the last decade, heroin abuse has skyrocketed. The rate of heroin-related overdose deaths increased 286 percent between 2002 and 2013 . In 2002, 100 people per 100,000 were addicted to heroin but that number had doubled by 2013.