Black People : Deadly Mix -black tar heroin and Tylenol PM

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    Deadly Mix
    “Cheese,” a harmful combination of black tar heroin and Tylenol PM, is targeting young kids

    By Jose Zarazua
    Staff Writer

    There is a growing drug threat in the Dallas area, and law enforcement officials say it is targeted at children as young as 10. Those same officials fear the sinister substance may spread to other counties and cities across the area unless young people quickly are made aware of its horrors.

    The drug is known as “Cheese,” and it’s a deadly mix of black tar heroin and Tylenol PM or similar over-the-counter drugs. Several students have died from the combination in recent months.

    “The main target groups for this drug are middle school students between ages 12-13,” said Special Agent Terri Wyatt of the Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA.

    Why Tylenol PM?

    Investigators believe that Tylenol is thrown into the mix simply because it is an inexpensive over-the-counter drug. It’s used to cut the concentration of heroin in Cheese. In that way, the sedative keeps the addictive killer affordable for children.

    Most of the black tar heroin is imported from Mexico.

    Cheese already is a serious problem in some schools in Dallas, Irving and other area cities, officials said.

    The Dallas district recently hosted a special conference to talk about the dangers of Cheese and discuss ways to reduce its appeal to young people.

    Jeremy Liebbe, an investigator for the Dallas school district, explained that dealers know how to attract their clients with low prices and pretty packages. He said dealers even use food coloring to decorate the drug during holidays, making it appear more like candy than a powerful nervous-system depressant.

    If Cheese is abused, it can severely damage a person’s liver in less than five days, officials said.

    “Children as young as 10 years of age have gone to the emergency room due to an overdose,” the DEA’s Wyatt said.

    Everyone needs to be aware of the fact that not all Cheese users fit the typical model of the teenage drug abuser, officials said.

    “We have had “A” students who have never had any problems with the authorities, and within days of using the drug their grades decrease rapidly,” Wyatt noted.

    The drug is most popular among Hispanic teens, and the Dallas Police Department has identified cases in more than a dozen Dallas secondary schools as well as several surrounding suburban districts.

    “The only way we can prevent the use of this drug is through education,” Wyatt said.

    DEA and school officials plan to continue public discussions aimed at discouraging the use of Cheese. Dallas district officials said additional sessions will be May 17.
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    Story Highlights
    • Authorities say there have been 21 "cheese" deaths in the Dallas area since 2005
    • Schools, police have begun campaign to try to stop the drug from spreading
    • Middle schoolers cheer after detective says U.S. has the most drug users
    • Dad of a teenager who died says: "All it takes is once"
    More on CNN TV: Watch "Paula Zahn Now" at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday to see what authorities are doing to try to stop the spread of "cheese heroin."
    From Tracy Sabo

    DALLAS, Texas (CNN) -- A cheap, highly addictive drug known as "cheese heroin" has killed 21 teenagers in the Dallas area over the past two years, and authorities say they are hoping they can stop the fad before it spreads across the nation.

    "Cheese heroin" is a blend of so-called black tar Mexican heroin and crushed over-the-counter medications that contain the antihistamine diphenhydramine, found in products such as Tylenol PM, police say. The sedative effects of the heroin and the nighttime sleep aids make for a deadly brew.

    "A double whammy -- you're getting two downers at once," says Dallas police detective Monty Moncibais. "If you take the body and you start slowing everything down, everything inside your body, eventually you're going to slow down the heart until it stops and, when it stops, you're dead." (Audio slide show: A father describes his teen son's death)
    Steve Robertson, a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration in Washington , says authorities are closely monitoring the use of "cheese" in Dallas .

    Trying to keep the drug from spreading to other cities, the DEA is working with Dallas officials to raise public awareness about the problem. Authorities also are trying to identify the traffickers, Robertson says.

    "We are concerned about any drug trend that is new because we want to stop it," he says.

    Why should a parent outside Dallas care about what's happening there?
    Robertson says it's simple: The ease of communication via the Internet and cell phones allows a drug trend to spread rapidly across the country.
    "A parent in New York should be very concerned about a drug trend in Dallas , a drug trend in Kansas City , a drug trend anywhere throughout the United States ," he says.

    Middle schoolers acknowledge 'cheese'
    "Cheese" is not only dangerous. It's cheap. About $2 for a single hit and as little as $10 per gram. The drug can be snorted with a straw or through a ballpoint pen, authorities say. It causes drowsiness and lethargy, as well as euphoria, excessive thirst and disorientation. That is, if the user survives. (Interactive: What is "cheese"? )

    Authorities aren't exactly sure how the drug got its name "cheese." It's most likely because the ground-up, tan substance looks like Parmesan cheese. The other theory is it's shorthand for the Spanish word "chiva," which is street slang for heroin.

    By using the name "cheese," drug dealers are marketing the low-grade heroin to a younger crowd -- many of them middle schoolers -- unaware of its potential dangers, authorities say.

    "These are street dealers, dope dealers," Moncibais recently warned students at Sam Tasby Middle School . "They give you a lethal dose. What do they care?"

    Moncibais then asked how many students knew a "cheese" user. Just about everyone in the auditorium raised a hand. At one point, when he mentioned that the United States has the highest rate of drug users in the world, the middle schoolers cheered. (Watch middle schoolers raise hands, admit they know drug users )

    "You know, I know being No. 1 is important, but being the No. 1 dopeheads in the world, I don't know whether [that] bears applause," Moncibais shot back.
    Authorities say the number of arrests involving possession of "cheese" in the Dallas area this school year was 146, up from about 90 the year before. School is out for the summer, and authorities fear that the students, with more time on their hands, could turn to the drug.

    'Cheese' as common a problem as pot
    School officials and police have been holding assemblies, professional lectures, PTA meetings and classroom discussions to get the word out about the drug. A public service announcement made by Dallas students is airing on local TV, and a hotline number has been created for those seeking assistance.
    Drug treatment centers in Dallas say teen "cheese" addicts are now as common as those seeking help for a marijuana addiction. "It is the first drug to have even come close in my experience here," says Michelle Hemm, director of Phoenix House in Dallas .

    From September 2005 to September 2006, Phoenix House received 69 "cheese" referral calls from parents. Hemm says that in the last eight months alone, that number has nearly doubled to 136. The message from the parents is always, "My kid is using 'cheese,' " she says.

    Phoenix House refers them to detoxification units first, but Hemm says at least 62 teens have received additional treatment at her facility since last September.

    Fernando Cortez Sr. knows all too well how devastating cheese heroin can be. A reformed drug user who has spent time in prison, Cortez had spoken to his children about the pitfalls of drug use. He thought his 15-year-old son was on the right track.

    But on March 31, his boy, Fernando "Nando" Cortez Jr., was found dead after using cheese heroin.

    "I should have had a better talk with him," he says. "All it takes is once. You get high once and you die, and that's what happened to my son."
    He knows it's too late for his son. Now, he is using his son's story to help others.

    "All I can do is try to help people now. Help the kids, help the parents." senior producer Wayne Drash contributed to this report.

    Kimberly Parmer
    City of Atlanta
    Department of Watershed Management
    404-979-6999, ext 7220 404-979-3131 fax
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