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Care for the abuser, not the abuse

Care for the abuser, not the abuse

Moments of Lucidity By ERIC A. HOWALD The friend request arrived earlier this year, nearly 20 years since our last conversation. That one went something like this: “Eric, phone call.” “Thanks, mom.” “Hello?” A pause. “Hi, Eric, it’s Mike. I’m in the hospital.” This is how my former best friend opened the conversation after twelve […]

Reports: heroin usage on the rise, increasingly deadly

Reports: heroin usage on  the rise, increasingly deadly

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say usage of heroin and other drugs have reached “epidemic” levels. In a briefing published in July, researchers found that heroin use more than doubled in adults ages 18 to 25 in the past deacde. Those findings coincide with trends that […]

‘They won’t change on their own’

‘They won’t change on their own’

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Sometimes it starts with the prescription painkiller. Sometimes it is youth wanting to experiment. Sometimes it is curiosity about the old bottle sitting in the medical cabinet. Sgt. Bob Trump and Officer James Young with the Keizer Police Department’s Community Response Unit (CRU) know there are various ways people […]

Cop: addicts aren’t bad people

Cop: addicts aren’t bad people

Chasing Dark is an ongoing series looking at heroin and other types of drug abuse in Keizer. By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Over the course of nine years, Chris Nelson learned a lot about drugs in the area. Nelson was a member of the Keizer Police Department’s Community Response Unit for two years, mainly focused […]

Lies heroin tells him

Lies heroin tells him

Editor’s note: The names of the people in this story have been changed to protect their privacy. This article also contains adult language and content that is not suitable for children. This is the first in an ongoing Chasing Dark series of Keizertimes stories looking at heroin and other types of drug abuse in Keizer.  By […]

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