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Confidential Informant Program Keeps Addiction Hidden During Heroin Epidemic Part 2

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In the preceding part of the series, Confidential Informant Program Keeps Addiction Hidden During Heroin Epidemic Part 1, it was discussed how amidst a heroin epidemic in the nation, a student at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, whom was referred to strictly as Logan in respect of the family’s privacy, tragically overdosed on heroin after his addiction was ignored by campus police.  He became a confidential informant after breaking drug policy and agreeing to the deal to avoid the college contacting his family.

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By having students go undercover and work with police officials to help break down the heroin epidemic among the youth in particular, it is thought that ultimately more crime can be stopped and thus prevented.  “You’re always looking to move up the ladder and get an individual that is more of a threat to our community,” UMass Police Official John Horvath spoke.  At what cost, though, for conducting a thorough and elusive investigation that stems into the gathering of multiple arrests?  “No drug investigation is worth somebody’s life,” lamented Horvath, in light of Logan’s death.  The grim reality is that if Logan’s involvement with drugs was looked at more carefully by officials instead of used to rack up criminal charges, then perhaps he might have been encouraged or offered treatment to recover from the disease of addiction that ultimately claimed his life.  He even wanted treatment.  Text messages that Logan sent out months prior to his death indicated that he reached out to a friend about having a hard time staying away from heroin.  Logan sent a text that said, “I’m gonna have to tell my parents really soon I’m a heroin addict and that’s why I can’t come back here and presumably go to rehab.”  The friend responded with some unprofessional advice, encouraging him that he could battle the addiction without a rehabilitation treatment center.  Logan seemed hopeless, “I just don’t think this is gonna end the way I’d like it to.”

Logan’s death highlights a real crisis concurrent to the heroin epidemic which is just how ineffective officials are when it comes to the treatment of the disease of addiction itself.  Addiction is not a moral dilemma and it is time that the illness stops being treated as such.  This 20-year-old boy wanted help to come off heroin and stay off the drug.  Why wasn’t he given it when public authority figures knew that he was involved in the corruption of drug involvement?  For now, UMass has not made any changes to the drug and alcohol abuse rules or revisions to the confidential informant program.  While it may be too late for Logan now, there are others still sick and suffering from addiction.  Although Horvath expressed, “We see very little heroin on campus,” he did hesitate to add, “There may be an underlying heroin problem that we’re unaware of [at University of Massachusetts of Amherst].”  There certainly is a heroin epidemic in the nation and that is why the stigma must be broken on addiction, so that proper effective treatment can be implemented for the sick.

Did you miss the first part of this series? Click here: Confidential Informant Program Keeps Addiction Hidden During Heroin Epidemic Part 1

Are you struggling and unable to put a substance like heroin down? Contact The Watershed today because it could save your life.  Hope is never so lost that it cannot be found.

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