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Anaheim man charged with exposing Trumbull County deputies to drugs

Published On: 02-07-2018 in Category: Addiction

Anaheim man charged with exposing Trumbull County deputies to drugs

Three Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Jan. 18, 2018, fell sick after purportedly getting exposed to heroin or fentanyl. According to media reports, the deputies were exposed to the drugs when they reached a home in the 100 block of Kings Drive NW responding to a 911 call about an overdose.

According to the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office, when the three deputies — Bobby Ross, Brian Galida and Dennis Garito – arrived at the spot, they found Martin Higinbothom of Anaheim, California, unconscious in the Newton Township home. As soon as Higinbothom regained consciousness, he kicked a table next to him, tossing the drugs in the air. It led the three deputies to accidentally come in contact with the unknown substances, confirmed the Sheriff’s Office.

After experiencing uneasiness, the deputies were sent to a local hospital for treatment. Higinbothom was later charged with three counts of felonious assault, which is the most serious form of attack under Ohio law. He also faces charges of tampering with evidence, in addition to an outstanding warrant. Higinbothom is currently being detained in the Trumbull County Jail. Meanwhile, the drug samples from the house have been sent to the laboratory for tests.

Studies show that accidental skin contact with fentanyl can cause the drug to enter the system through the pores, resulting in unconsciousness. In recent years, there has been a surge in the abuse of fentanyl and its analogues, leading to dangerous outcomes. Unfortunately, illegal laboratories across the U.S. produce fentanyl, which is usually mixed with heroin or sold as heroin to unwary users.

Fentanyl use aggravating opioid crisis

Under current laws, prescription fentanyl is classified as a Schedule II drug because of its highly addictive nature. Going forward, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) also plans to include illicit fentanyl analogues in the Schedule II category along with heroin. In its March 2017 report, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) expressed deep concern about the growing rates of fatal overdoses due to misuse of deadly synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and its analogues.

In recent years, several drug dealers in the U.S. have started lacing heroin or cocaine supplies with fentanyl to increase its potency without the slightest fear that any minute negligence on their part can result in deadly consequences. Similar to other psychoactive substances, fentanyl is known to alter the brain’s pleasure centers to cause addiction. Just as in the case of other drugs or stimulants, users ingest, inject or inhale fentanyl powder to get a powerful high. Further, it also has a fast-acting effect on the body and even miniscule amounts of the drug can cause chronic damage to the respiratory system. As a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, it can prove to be a lethal combination if mixed with substances like alcohol or heroin.

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If you or your loved one is battling addiction to fentanyl, heroin or any other opioid drug, seek treatment immediately. The Anaheim Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get one of the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 714-589-2811 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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