Pubdate: Mon, 05 May 2014
Source: New York Times (NY)
Copyright: 2014 The New York Times Company
Authors: J. David Goodman and Michael Wilson
Bookmark: (Heroin)


On Staten Island, Rising Tide of Heroin Takes Hold

The obituaries have a certain sameness to them: full of praise and 
regret for lives cut short, marked by telltale details and omissions. 
The deaths occurred at home, or at a friend's house elsewhere on 
Staten Island. The mourned were often young and white, and although 
how they died was never mentioned, nearly everyone knew or suspected the cause.

A 23-year-old man, a cello student in high school and the son of an 
elevator company vice president died in March. A former high school 
hockey player who delivered newspapers died in 2013 at 22. Another 
23-year-old man who was working construction died at home in July 
2012. Family members and autopsy reports revealed that they died from 
heroin or combinations of drugs including heroin.