Ohio Man Charged in 27 Drug Overdoses in Five Hours

griggs_1472239736661_45249873_ver1-1.0_640_480Even with a national herion addictions raging, Bruce Lamar Griggs, 22, appears a one-man epidemic. He is charged with heroin distribution in connection to 27 drug overdoses in five hours in Huntington, West Virginia.


He has been multiple counts of drug distribution.

He was identified by survivors. It is assumed that the heroin was laced with Fentanyl, an opioid used as part of anesthesia that is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine.

Other states are dealing with heroin laced with elephant tranquilizer. The drug is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.

52 thoughts on “Ohio Man Charged in 27 Drug Overdoses in Five Hours”

  1. ExPatNJ:

    “As a true pain patient, who suffers from a slipped vertebrae, arthritis, chronic migraine headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, and idiopathic intracranial hypertension, I depend on my pain medication to be able to function at the minimum level I do now.” Chronic, severe pain is in a class by itself. There are conditions which you just cannot exist without pain management. I just recently had a friend pass away from cancer, at quite a young age, after a 2 year struggle. He was on the maximum dose of Dilaudid, every 10 minutes, I think it was, there at the end. Nothing else touched the pain. Morphine had no effect at all. Addiction didn’t matter, they just wanted to ease the pain of this beautiful human being’s last days on Earth.

    Any discussion about the over prescription of pain meds, or doctor shopping, is talking about abuse and over prescribing, and trapping people into addiction when there was not a need for this level of meds. Severe, debilitating, it hurts to exist pain is in another stratosphere.

    For people who are not at this level of pain, if they are over prescribed, the meds themselves can actually cause pain. They quiet the pain receptors, but then after addiction, when they are withdrawn, their body no longer produces a natural level of our own natural pain reliever. When the drug is withdrawn, it leaves the nerve endings screaming in pain, when there is no longer any physical cause. It’s the pain of withdrawal. Plus, there are people who collect bottles of pain meds from surgery or back pain, and then they begin to self medicate if they sprain an ankle, strain their back, get a sunburn… Maybe this is just because I live in CA, but I’ve known a heartbreaking number of good people who became addicted to pain killers. One of them was a woman who was in a bad motorcycle accident. She absolutely needed high levels of meds. It took such a long time to heal that she was thoroughly addicted by the end. It’s caused serious problems for her. Another person was in a bad motorcycle accident, and is in constant pain. The grim reality is that his pain meds work less and less every year, and there is a price his liver is paying, as well as the rest of his body. At some point, nothing is going to work. Another person I know caused brain damage to himself by abusing pain meds, originally for an injury. These people just were given a prescription, and then thrown away. It only takes 2 weeks to develop a tolerance (including withdrawal pain) to some opiates. If this was explained to patients, and a withdrawal plan put in place, perhaps they would not think that they needed more medicine, when what they were actually feeling were the throes of withdrawal. It also makes them more sensitive to pain. By the time they figure out they’re addicted, they’re in the throes.

    In a perfect world, one would ideally want to be able to actually heal the problem causing the pain before addiction or even serious tolerance is reached. Or if they do, then their doctor should closely monitor them and have a plan in place to wean them off or incorporate rehab. I think some sort of database that tracks opiate prescriptions will at least help prevent some abuse, at least for those who don’t have multiple fake IDs.

    http://www.drug-addiction-help-now.org/blog/pain-meds-cause-more-pain-the-new-silent-epidemic/

    http://www.spine-health.com/blog/how-pain-killers-sometimes-increase-chronic-pain

  2. How should we treat the U.S. military that orders troops to protect the Poppy fields in Afghanistan? Should their Commander in Chief be brought to heal? Who should investigate the credible allegations that U.S. military and intelligence services are directly involved in the smuggling of Heroin into our country?

    Should the distributors and street-level dealers of the two most deadly consumer products be merely whacked on the wee wee – or should they be flogged in public for their RICO crimes of distributing dangerous alcohol & tobacco to poison girls all across the fermented plains?

  3. He was identified by survivors. It is assumed that the heroin was laced with Fentanyl, an opioid used as part of anesthesia that is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine.

    Adulterated illicit drugs and the deaths associated with their use are a direct by-product of the US governments drug war.

    While it is not a good idea for a person to inject/ingest poison if they decide to do so they should at the very least be able to obtain the drug in an unadulterated form without being condemned to possible death or other serious harm for wanting to do so.

    The US governments drug war has squandered trillions of dollars in American productivity and destroyed the lives of millions of users and their families while placing a tremendous burden on the rest of society in order to pay for it all both monetarily and in liberties lost.

  4. 1. Huntington WV is NOT a ‘rural area’. It is suburban, and located on an Interstate highway only a short distance from Charleston WV (a highly urban area):

    https://encrypted.google.com/maps/place/Huntington,+WV/@38.4075872,-82.5820202,11z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8845e3aa792430b5:0xd3713568ed4051d4!8m2!3d38.4192496!4d-82.445154

    2. “When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators” – P. J. O’Rourke, US humorist & political commentator, via http://www.quotationspage.com/quote/26898.html.

    3. As a true pain patient, who suffers from a slipped vertebrae, arthritis, chronic migraine headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, and idiopathic intracranial hypertension, I depend on my pain medication to be able to function at the minimum level I do now. For those of you who would seek to deny my pain control, I have just one caution: If you do so, I will have nothing left to lose, and I will consider whatever express or implied “Social Contract” I may have entered into null and void. At that point, I suggest you relocate to another country, because when I find you, I will make damn sure that if I am experiencing pain, we shall experience it together.

  5. This is (one of) the problems with street drugs.

    They are not produced with Good Manufacturing Practices in an FDA licensed facility. There is no ingredient list, no chain of custody. If you even buy pot off the street (compared with a dispensary) you have no idea if it was grown with pesticides and herbicides or grown in human waste.

    You are putting your trust in a drug dealer that you are getting the drug that you’ve paid for. For all you know it could be antifreeze. Of course this guy should be prosecuted, and he’s responsible for this carnage. So is the entire chain of supply, all the way to the manufacturer who cut this drug with the same drug that killed Prince.

    Autumn – prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing addiction epidemic. There are several reasons for this. First, there is the over-eagerness on the part of some physicians to prescribe powerful narcotics for pain, which they know are addictive. They essentially chase symptoms. The other issue is that if it typically taxes X number of weeks to become addicted to a certain narcotic, and a doctor prescribes it for over that length of time, then addiction should be anticipated and recovery part of the treatment plan. Instead, doctors prescribe addictive painkillers, and then just forget all about the patients, who then get addicted, go doctor shopping, and become social pariahs as they wreck their life.

    Riesling – I’m the same way, having worked in that field. I don’t take anything, unless the need is truly dire. I didn’t take any pain meds after my C section, because I didn’t want my baby to ingest it from nursing. I just had the epidural. As long as I didn’t cough or sneeze, it just felt like I’d been kicked by a horse. Not too bad. But, my gosh, if I coughed without a pillow pressed to my abdomen, I had to look down to make sure my guts hadn’t spilled out. A second later, back to being not too bad. For me, I didn’t think pain killers were a good idea, especially since my baby was a little early, since narcotics can make them lethargic. But doctors push a lot of pain and other meds on pregnant and nursing women, even though the package insert expressly states that the drugs have not been tested on pregnant women (because who would sign up for that study?), and to use with caution. Then, if something happens, the pharmaceutical companies and doctors will spend years denying that the drugs had anything to do with it.

    Squeaky – When the BLM refers to all African American prisoners as political prisoners, they neglect to mention that the victims most commonly targeted by these criminals is other African Americans. I remember reading long ago that the reason why crack had stiffer penalties than some other drugs was not racist at all. Rather, African American community leaders asked the government to intervene in the crack epidemic decimating some areas, targeting African Americans the most. They wanted to boot crack out of the neighborhood, so the justice system zeroed in on it as having a very high cost to minority communities.

    1. Exactly right! That was in the book I just finished, Please Stop Helping Us, by Jason Riley.

      As some people above stated, I don’t doubt for one minute that we are over-prescribed as a nation. But there are also way too many American dope fiends who can’t live without their pot, or meth, or coke, or heroin. I think Pres. Duterte of the Philippines has the only practical answer – – – start killing drug dealers. Period. Trial or no trial. And start naming names on who makes money off it, and which judges are on the take.

      If we don’t do this, we should all STFU about people over-dosing. Because that is the cost of us doing nothing that is effective.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

  6. Of course it’s the fault of big pharmaceutical companies. Of course it’s the fault of physicians. Of course it’s the fault of poverty. Of course it’s the fault of racism. Of course it’s the fault of slavery.

    Look, here, a shiny, twinkling silver ball! Anything to distract your attention.

    The bottom line is that those who wish to obfuscate the truth and misplace blame will always look to some tangential connection. Those who use and partake of these drugs are responsible for their own actions. Those who fail to sufficiently educate them about the dangers of drugs are also responsible for that failure. Drug dealers, who our dear President, has just released from prison, are responsible for poisoning our societies. Want to find someone to blame? Blame Obama, your hero, for just turning loose a whole bunch of these dirtbags, before the end of their sentences. But, I suppose, that doesn’t fit the narrative, now does it? Can’t blame racism and some fantastical belief that big pharma is out to destroy blacks and the black communities if one of their own is involved, now can we?

    1. bam bam – crack is not a product of Big Pharma. The largest legal producer of cocaine is Coca-Cola (they take it out of the product, now) but they do not sell it on street corners.

  7. (music- to the tune of Doctor Doctor what you say)

    Doctor Doctor what you say.
    How bout letting me out today.
    Ain’t no reason for me to stay…
    Cause everbody is far away.

    GET ME BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN!
    etc.

  8. I was going to say something like Autumn said above. Big Pharma and Big Doctors need to be shot.
    This is monopoly capitalizm at its worst. Think about it folks. How many people do you know who are addicted to drugs prescribed by some doctor and sold by some Walmart or other drug store?
    Addiction. Mostly in America it is due to doctors.
    Don’t go to doctors.
    If you really need a doctor then go to Cuba.

  9. Kids need to be educated at a very early age. The lessons in the Disney movie Pinocchio come to mind, when the kid is turned into a donkey for drinking beer and playing pool. The problem is that these lessons are relegated to the scrap heap of mindless fairy tales by cynicism when the kid grows older and sees the teachers imprisoning people for smoking pot, while alcohol a vastly more dangerous drug is legal, along with tobacco.

    There are those that are doomed in this world regardless. However, the authority of our society must be based on intelligence and common sense and not on mindless judicial force. We could save many young people from these killer drugs if society would work on its hypocrisy and corruption. We must start at the top with the big pharmaceutical corporations and change our drug laws to outlaw the truly dangerous drugs and stop putting kids in jail for pot. Kids don’t move on to heroin after trying pot. Kids move onto heroin after understanding how stupid authority is in bundling pot with heroin and laughing off people getting drunk and screwing up, supporting big pharma as it creates more addicts, etc.

    This mutt should still go to jail for the duration of his life. Once you’re broke, you’re broke. America could take a lesson from the more advanced societies that have succeeded in reducing the problem by separating the cause from the penalty.

    1. No, Isaac we don’t need more education. That’s just an excuse to continue on the same ineffective path that we have been on. We just need to start killing drug dealers. Period. Make it a real war on drugs, and start killing drug dealers in the streets. Drag out the businessmen who import the stuff out into the street, and shoot them. Drag the gang bosses and the gangs out into the streets, and shoot them.

      Trying to fight the narco-wars through the criminal justice system, that was designed for individual defendants, is stupid, and ineffective. We didn’t send the police to arrest Nazis, and Japs. No, we just killed them. It was a war. This is a war, too.

      And people are already dying. Over 500 people a week die from drug overdoses. Millions have their lives ruined by being users and addicts. In short we lost about 2,400 people at Pearl Harbor. We lose about that many every few weeks from drugs.

      https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      1. Throw in the doctors who write illegal prescriptions for Oxy and Vicodin and Fentanyl, and you might have something there. and let’s not forget the drug manufacturers of these drugs as well. They know perfectly well where their fentanyl and elephant tranq is going.
        Execute a few pharma executives and it would stop tomorrow.

  10. You have to wonder where this is all going to end up. The ODs are dragging down our local, already spotty healthcare system in this other rural Appalachian town. It seems to haunt most ERs in a broad radius, if you need emergency care, you will wait while they treat the ODs. Plus, they bring another element of danger to the hospitals with possible criminal and violent behavior. Autumn’s article is very interesting. Could this be a main enabler of this activity? I don’t understand why these more complicated drugs are so easy to find (sorry for the naive post, this is way out of my personal experience…)

  11. Not only should he stay in the community, but he should also join the Chamber of Commerce.

  12. Well, the last thing we want to do is mass incarcerate Mr. Griggs. Because he needs to stay in the Community where he can become a husband, and a role model to those around him. Because slavery.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  13. I can’t bring up the video. But this hits too close to home as my husband’s brother was killed due to fentanyl patches

    1. That is so sad, Autumn. You’re right – the pharma companies push the drugs on the doctors, who then push them on us patients. Lots of pharma employees where I live. They refuse to take even an aspirin. Let’s just say they know how the sausage is made.

  14. If charges are proven this case is one for strong consideration of consecutive sentencing.

  15. Just say no to drugs and live a long and healthy life. Another benefit is you’ll have more money.

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