Newsletter - In The News - Montgomery County Drugs The News - Montgomery County Drugsen-us2020-09-27T09:35:33.9353003-05:00They thought they were buying heroin The News - Montgomery County Drugs&newsletterid=2257/22/2019 11:46:54 AM<div style=""><font face="times">The U.S. opioid crisis has evolved into a fentanyl crisis.Medical Industry Profits off Opioid Crisis The News - Montgomery County Drugs&newsletterid=2176/12/2019 12:00:00 AM<font face="times">The opioid crisis has ravaged through the U.S., taking hundreds of thousands of lives and costing the country an estimated $37 billion. Nearly 400,000 people died from an opioid overdose between 1999 and 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the number of overdose deaths tied to opioids was six times higher in 2017 than it was eight years prior.Kratom-Related Poisonings Are Soaring, Study Finds The News - Montgomery County Drugs&newsletterid=2043/11/2019 12:00:00 AM<font face="times">Kratom is often marketed by its fans as being &#8220;safe&#8221; because it is plant based.&nbsp; People use it to treat pain, anxiety and depression.Opioid epidemic is a uniquely American problem The News - Montgomery County Drugs&newsletterid=1811/30/2019 12:00:00 AM<div style=""><font face="times">Brian Whitfield sat on the floor of his office, back against the wall, gun in hand and a heavy-duty garbage bag nearby. The gun was intended to kill himself.Teens Using Vaping Devices in Record Numbers The News - Montgomery County Drugs&newsletterid=1701/15/2019 12:00:00 AM<div>Nearly 2 in 5 students in 12th grade report past-year vaping, raising concerns about the impact on brain health and potential for addiction.</div><div><br></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="">&lt;&lt;See More&gt;&gt;</a></div>High Means DUI The News - Montgomery County Drugs&newsletterid=1492/7/2018 12:00:00 AM<div>-Driver high on marijuana to receive 6 years prison when he killed cyclist.</div><div>-Marijuana related fatal car accidents surge in Washington State after legalization.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="">&lt;&lt;See More&gt;&gt;</a></div><div><br></div><div><br></div>HPD Cracking down on Fentanyl The News - Montgomery County Drugs&newsletterid=12812/20/2017 12:00:00 AM<div style=""><font face="times">HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The City of Houston is cracking down on a highly addictive and deadly drug sweeping Houston.</font></div><div style=""><font face="times"><br></font></div><div style=""><font face="times">According to Mayor Sylvester Turner, the drug fentanyl or its derivative carfentanil, is a real problem in the city. He and the Houston Police Department announced a plan to target the growing issue.</font></div><div style=""><font face="times"><br></font></div><div style=""><font face="times">The crime lab director held up a small bag of sugar in a press conference Tuesday used to represent the amount of fentanyl that was found in a home recently.Kush Lab Discovered in Houston The News - Montgomery County Drugs&newsletterid=1248/18/2017 12:00:00 AM<div style=""><font face="times">Firefighters say residents at a west Houston apartment complex became light-headed over a smell coming from a unit next door. They later found out the smell came from what appeared to be a kush lab.</font></div><div style=""><br></div><div style=""><font face="times">Houston Fire Department received a hazmat call in the 9200 block of Pagewood overnight.</font></div><div style=""><font face="times"><br></font></div><div style=""><font face="times">Firefighters were told something in an apartment was giving off a smell similar to nail polish remover that lasted for days.Meth-Laced Lollipops The News - Montgomery County Drugs&newsletterid=1177/12/2017 12:00:00 AM<div><font face="times">HOUSTON - Harris County investigators recovered nearly $1 million worth of meth-laced lollipops during seizure Monday in a north Spring neighborhood.</font></div><div><font face="times"><br></font></div><div><font face="times">Deputies were responding to a call about a burglary to a home in the 9200 block of Wallingham Drive at Colony Creek subdivision.</font></div><div><font face="times">Deputies said two suspects, Evonne Mick and David Salinas were caught leaving the residence and loading a vehicle with the drug-laced candy.&nbsp;</font><span style="font-family: times;">Investigators said they found bags of the drugs loaded into the back seat of the vehicle.Influx of Fentanyl-laced Counterfeit Pills The News - Montgomery County Drugs&newsletterid=974/19/2017 12:00:00 AM<font face="times">On October 26, 2015, CDC issued HAN 384 (<a href=""></a>) that alerted (1) public health departments, health care professionals, first responders, and medical examiners and coroners of the increase in fentanyl-related unintentional overdose fatalities in multiple states primarily driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF) (i.e., non-pharmaceutical fentanyl); (2) provided recommendations for improving detection of fentanyl-related overdose outbreaks; and (3) encouraged states to expand access to naloxone and training for administering naloxone to reduce opioid overdose deaths.<br><br><br><a href="">See More&gt;&gt;</a></font>Three face drug charges in Montgomery after raid on Lake Conroe house The News - Montgomery County Drugs&newsletterid=847/28/2016 12:00:00 AM<div><font face="times">Two men and a woman have been arrested on drugs charges after a raid at a residence on Lake Conroe in Montgomery County.</font></div><div><font face="times">The raid happened Wednesday at a home in the 2900 block of Chaucer in Montgomery, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.</font></div><div><font face="times">Deputies said they obtained a search warrant after a tip led them to determine that drugs were allegedly being sold at the home to high school-age teenagers as well as young adults.</font></div><div><font face="times"><br></font></div><div><font face="times">Inside the residence, deputies found methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills.</font></div><div><font face="times">Jonathan Ammon Scardino, 22, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor.</font></div><div><font face="times">Also arrested were David Alexander Scardino , 24, and &nbsp;Crystal Ann Nash, 30, who are both charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, &nbsp;and manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, cocaine. Both charges are felonies.</font></div>Huntsville Police bust nets $50,000 in drugs and stolen handgun The News - Montgomery County Drugs&newsletterid=812/17/2016 12:00:00 AM<div><font face="times">Authorities were able to get a significant amount of drugs off the streets following a routine traffic stop in Huntsville on Wednesday.</font></div><div><font face="times">Cpl. Justin Schubert with the Huntsville Police Department was patrolling State Highway 19 when he noticed a 2015 white Ford Fusion traveling north at a high rate of speed.Marijuana wax/butter rapidly appearing in Houston area The News - Montgomery County Drugs&newsletterid=542/12/2016 12:00:00 AM<p>HOUSTON - When Friendswood Police pulled over Damon Fraser, they found something they'd never come across before, a new form of marijuana called marijuana wax and butter.</p><p>"It's hit the streets so fast, so strong," said Wendell Campbell, an agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency.Three arrests made - Recovered methamphetamine and hydrocodone pills The News - Montgomery County Drugs&newsletterid=552/8/2016 12:00:00 AMTommy Gage, Sheriff February 8, 2016 Media Advisory For Immediate Release On Friday, February 5, 2016, Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff&#8217;s Office Special Investigations Unit, with the assistance of the Montgomery County Sheriff&#8217;s Office Auto Theft Task Force, Montgomery County Precinct Five Constable&#8217;s Office and Montgomery County District Attorney&#8217;s Office, served a narcotics search warrant on a residence located in the 30000 block of Rosebud, in Magnolia, Texas. <br><br>The warrant was part of an on-going investigation involving the trafficking of methamphetamines.How a mysterious synthetic drug is making heroin even more deadly The News - Montgomery County Drugs&newsletterid=429/30/2015 12:00:00 AM<p>Each tiny heroin bag was hand-stamped &#8220;Breaking Bad.&#8221; The name, a nod to the TV show about a teacher turned meth cook, was a colorful marketing ploy. And customers asked for it specifically.More Texans Seeking Treatment for Meth Abuse The News - Montgomery County Drugs&newsletterid=167/26/2015 12:00:00 AM<p>WASHINGTON &#8212; A growing number of Texans are seeking treatment for methamphetamine addiction, reversing a downward trend in abuse in the state since a 2006 federal law banned over-the-counter sales of medicine containing the synthetic drug pseudoephedrine.&nbsp; </p><p>Last year 6,219 Texans sought substance abuse treatment for methamphetamine and amphetamine addiction, up 590 from the previous year, according to the Treatment Episode Survey data from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.Increase in Reported Adverse Health Effects Related to Synthetic Cannabinoid Use The News - Montgomery County Drugs&newsletterid=266/12/2015 12:00:00 AM<p>On April 6, 2015, CDC received notification of an increase in telephone calls to U.S. poison centers related to synthetic cannabinoid use.