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Thousand Oaks man arrested for teen’s heroin overdose death

Published On: 03-08-2017 in Category: Drug Abuse, Heroin

The United States today is plagued by a full-blown nationwide heroin epidemic destroying lives, regardless of age, race, ethnicity or location. Sadly, heroin now kills more Americans than cars, guns or even terror attacks. In December 2016, a man was arrested for his alleged involvement in the death of a minor, 16, due to a heroin overdose.

Ross Duncan Cumming, 19, of Thousand Oaks, was booked on charges of felony involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy and providing heroin to a minor. The victim, a 16-year-old Thousand Oaks boy, succumbed to a fatal heroin overdose in the 3800 block of Elkwood Street.

Pursuing several leads from multiple sources, the investigating officers came to the conclusion that the deceased teen had obtained the fatal dose of heroin from Cumming. Cumming’s remained in custody, with his bail set at $50,000. Meanwhile, the police were anticipating a few more arrests in this regard.

Heroin kills more Americans than cars, guns or terror attacks

Whether the uncontrollable heroin epidemic be treated as a medical or a legal problem is the problem that haunts numerous public health officials and law enforcement authorities. The epidemic looms menacingly over the glitzy metropolises of the country, as well as its shanty suburbs and dark alleyways. However, the menace of heroin addiction did not grow overnight.

As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most of the drug overdose deaths can be directly linked to prescription opioids and heroin. Apparently, by 2014, opioid deaths were up by 369 percent, while deaths from heroin jumped to 439 percent. However, one factor responsible for the surge in heroin and opioid use is the phenomenal rise in the use of prescription painkillers, primarily fueled by Mexican drug cartels that emerged in the U.S. drug markets with cheaper and more potent heroin.

Mexican drug cartels usually smuggle heroin into the U.S. through the southern borders. Once the consignments enter U.S. territory, the traffickers use criminal, street motorcycle gangs to sell their cheap and deadly heroin throughout the country. Precisely, Mexican and Colombian heroin dominates the U.S. market, with traffickers using the latest technological advances to penetrate deeper and to reach out to a new target group of end-users and patrons, comprising curious high schoolers, aspiring college athletes, as well as professors and other professionals.

In a recent survey of patients undergoing drug treatment in various rehab centers, easy access was found to be one of the major driving forces, which prompted them to start using heroin again.

Battling the menace of heroin addiction

If you or your loved one is grappling with an addiction to heroin, or any other illegal substance, call the Thousand Oaks Drug Treatment and Rehab Center to learn about the best treatment available in your area. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 805-266-7122 or chat online with our representative for further information.

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