Chronicle: State of Addiction (Face of Addiction)


HIS STATE OF ADDICTION TONIGHT ON “CHRONICLE.” WE UNDERSTAND SOME OF THESE IMAGES WILL BE HARD TO WATCH. BUT, THIS IS A RAW LOOK AT A REALITY MANY ACROSS THE REGION FACE IN 2016, 402 PEOPLE IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY DIED OF A DRUG OVERDOSE. FENTANYL AND HEROIN CONTRIBUTE TO MORE THAN HALF. IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE PARENTS SHOOTING UP WITH THEIR CHILD IN THE CAR. AN EMERGING HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE, BECOMING HOMELESS ON THE STREET. BUT, AS SHELDON INGRAM SHOWS US, THIS IS THE FACE OF ADDICTIO>>THE HEROIN ADDICT.>>DRAW IT UP THROUGH THE COTTON SO NOTHING GETS IN THERE YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? SHELDON: LIVING A LIFE SO CLOSE TO DEATH. THEY SAY HEROIN HELPS THEM FEEL NORMAL. WITHOUT IT, THEIR BODIES REVOLT. THIS IS THEIR WORLD AND THEY’RE LETTING US I IT’S JUST AFTER 9:30 IN MCKEES ROCKS. A HEROIN DEALER DELIVERS TO A CUSTOMER IN THIS ALLEY. HER NAME IS JOJO, AND SHE INVITES US INTO HER TRUCK FOR HER NIGHTLY HEROIN RITUAL. SHE IS A FORMER COLLEGIATE ATHLETE WHO GOT STARTED WITH PAINKILLERS AFTER AN INJUR BUT NOW, SHE’S ON HEROIN. TONIGHT, SHE JUST BOUGHT 10 BAGS.>>NOW I HAVE TO ACTUALLY FIND A PLACE IN MY ARM. SHELDON: HEROIN IS INJECTED INTO A VEIN IN HER LEFT ARM AND NOW SHE FEELS GOOD>>300 MILES AWAY IN PHILADELPHIA, THIS MAN INJECTS HEROIN INTO HIS NECK HE’S GATHERED WITH BUDDIES IN A NOTORIOUS OPEN-AIR DRUG DEN CALLED THE BADLAND THE DEA SHOWED US THIS PLACE BECAUSE THEY WANT YOU TO SEE WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING FROM PITTSBURGH TO PHILLY. IT SITS IN ONE OF THE HEAVIEST DRUG RUN NEIGHBORHOO. THIS IS A MAKESHIFT SHACK TO SHOOT UP AND THE OFFICE FOR WHAT THE LOCALS CALL “THE DRUG DOCTOR.” IN THIS AREA, IT’S JUST DRUGS, FILTH, AND DESPERATION FOR THE NEXT HIGH. THIS IS PARADISE FOR HEROIN ADDICTS.>>SO, IF YOU DON’T MIND ME ASKING, IS THIS FOR A PROGRAM? SHELDON: YEAH, A ONE HOUR SPECIAL ON THE HEROIN EPIDEMIC.>>O SHELDON: IN PITTSBURGH.>>WE WANTED TO COME AND GET SOME OF THIS. SHELDON: YOU JUST SHOT ONE IN YOUR NECK. YOU’RE GETTING READY TO DO ONE IN YOUR ARM?>>NO, NO. SHELDON: HOW MANY BAGS DO YOU GO THROUGH A DAY?>>A BUNDLE AND A HALF. SHELDON: HOW MANY BAGS IN A BUNDLE?>>14. SHELDON: SO, 24, 25?>>26. SHELDON: 26 BAGS A DAY? BACK IN PITTSBURGH, WE MEET UP WITH ANOTHER ADDICT. HE IS A COMPUTER SOFTWARE DELVELOPER WORKING IN THE STRIP DISTRICT. HOW INTENSE IS YOU ADDICTION?>>VERY INTENSE. IF I DON’T HAVE IT, I GET THE SICKNESS, THE VOMITING, THE DIARRHEA, THE BODY ACHES SHELDON: I KNOW HEROIN USERS TAKE IT SO THEY CAN SORT OF FEEL NORMAL, BUT WHAT IS THAT HIGH SENSATION LIKE>>A FEELING OF EUPHORIA, BEIN ABLE TO DEAL AND COPE WITH EVERYTHING.>>LIKE A TINGLY, KIND OF WARM FEELING, BUT I WAS COMPLETELY DISCONNECTED FROM MYSELF SHELDON: SORT OF LIKE THIS MAN. HE JUST SHOT UP SECONDS AGO IN THE BADLANDS IN PHILLY. IS HE OK RIGHT HERE? KENDRA DELASCIO REMEMBERS THAT FEELING OF BEING HIGH ON HEROIN.>>I DIDN’T FEEL LIKE I WAS SITTING HERE. I FELT LIKE I WAS UP HERE. SHELDON: YOU LIKED THAT FEELING?>>I DID. SHELDON: DELASCIO IS NOW A FORMER ADDICT IN DERRY TOWNSHIP WESTMORELAND COUNTY, FOUR YEARS CLEAN. BUT, DURING THE HEIGHT OF HER ADDICTION, SHE SAYS SHE SUFFERED THE WORST HUMILIATING MOMENT O HER LIFE. IN 2009, SHE PURCHASED HEROIN ON THE WILKINSBURG HOMEWOOD BORDER. YOU GOT THE DRUGS.>>YES. SHELDON: AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED?>>WE GOT HIGH. SHELDON: YOU PARKED THE CAR?>>YES. WE DIDN’T EVEN MOVE THE CA AFTER MY FRIEND HAD GONE IN AND GOTTEN THEM AND CAME BACK. SHELDON: THE TRAGEDY IN THIS? WHILE DILASCIO AND A FRIEND SHOT UP WITH HEROIN IN THE FRONT SEAT, DELASCIO’S TWO-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER KAYLEIGH WAS IN THE BACK SEAT OF THE CAR. SHE SAW WHAT WAS GOING ON?>>I TRIED TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY FOR NOT TO SEE ANYTHING, BUT WHETHER SHE DID NOT, I STILL DO NOT KNOW. SHELDON: BUT WILKINSBURG KNEW , AND THEY ARRESTED DILASCIO. TOOK HER DRUGS AND HER DAUGHTER.>>ABSOLUTE HORROR, MORE SO FOR MY DAUGHTER. THAT WAS A REALLY TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE FOR HER. SHE STILL TODAY, EIGHT YEARS LATER, STILL TALKS ABOUT THAT. SHELDON: SUCH A FIERCE ADDICTION THAT DILASCIO PUT HER DAUGHTER IN HARM’S WAY. BUT THIS IS THEIR HARD AND DARK REALITY. FEEDING THE ADDICTION IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN EATING BECAUSE HEROIN IS THEIR FOOD.>>20, 30, 40 PEOPLE DON’T EAT. SHELDON: IT COMES WITH A PRICE.>>YES, IT DOES. SHELDON: LIKE OVERDOSING?>>YES. SHELDON: THIS IS AN OVERDOSE VICTIM IN NORTH PHILLY. MEDIC RESCUE RESPONDED TO MORE THAN 600 OVERDOSE CALLS BEAVER COUNTY ALONE, RESULTING IN 102 DEATHS. SOME OF THOSE CALLS WERE RELEASED TO “CHRONICLE.”>>911. WHAT’S YOUR EMERGENCY?>>13TH STREET. HEROIN OVERDOSE.>>HOW OLD IS HE?>>24.>>WHAT DID HE OVERDOSE ON?>>HEROIN.>>I HAVE A PERSON OVERDOSING.>>WHAT IS THE ADDRESS? SHELDON: MEDIC JOHN RIDDLE RESPONDED TO AT LEAST 70 OF THOSE CALLS.>>IN SOME CASES, SITTING IN THEIR VEHICLE WITH THE SYRINGE STILL IN THEIR ARM. THE BREATHING IS SO SHALLOW, YOU CAN’T EVEN TELL THAT THEY’RE ACTUALLY BREATHING. AND, IN SOME CASES, THEY ARE NOT. SHELDON: DR. MITCHELL WEST WITH GATEWAY REHAB EXPLAINS HOW THE BODY SUCCUMBS TO THE LETHAL HEROIN MIX.>>THE HEROIN ATTACHES TO RECEPTORS IN THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM, IT DEPRESSES RESPIRATION. THAT’S WHY EVERYBODY DIES. THE COMMON DENOMINATOR IS THEY DON’T BREATHE.>>I KNOW THE FIRST TIME I DID IT, MY HEART STOPPED. I WAS DEAD. SHELDO YOUR HEART LITERALLY STOPPED?>>YEAH, I WASN’T BREATHING, I DIDN’T HAVE A PULSE.>>CHRISTMAS MORNING. MY WIFE FOUND ME DEAD AND BLUE ON THE COUCH.>>IF WE DO BELIEVE IT’S AN OVERDOSE, WE CAN PULL NARCAN FROM OUR TRUCK. SHELDO NARCAN, THE OPIOID ANTIDOTE THAT CAN REVERSE AN OVERDOSE, SAVING A PERSON FROM DEATH. BUT, IT’S A DOUBLE EDGE SWORD. AS LONG AS ADDICTS KNOW IT’S AROUND, THEY HAVE NO FEAR ABOUT OVERDOSING AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. YOU OVERDOSED THIS MORNING?>>YEAH. SHELDON: WHAT TIME?>>ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF AGO. SHELDON: WHO BROUGHT YOU BACK?>>PARAMEDICS CAME. SHELDO HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU OVERDOSED? FIVE. YOU’RE BREATHING 1 OR 2 BREATHS PER MINUTE. BUT, EVEN IN THOSE SITUATIONS, YOU CONTINUE TO DO THE HEROIN.>>YES. SHELDON: BECAUSE THE ADDICTION IS THAT STRONG. HOW MANY FRIENDS HAVE YOU LOSS TO HEROIN OVERSOSES?>>I DON’T KNOW. I CAN’T KEEP TRACK ANYMORE. SHELDON: BACK IN THE BAD LANDS IN NORTH PHILLY, NARCOTICS OFFICERS SAY AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE DIE HERE EVERY SINGLE DAY.>>POLICE SAY ABOUT 2 OR 3 PEOPLE DIE DOWN HERE EVERYDAY. SHELDON: IT’S AN ADDICTION OF MISERY, KILLING AND AFFECTIN PEOPLE OF ALL INCOMES RACES AND AGES.>>THESE PEOPLE, THEY’LL TELL YOU THEY WANT HELP, TAKE, TRACK TO BE RESCUED FROM A PROVEN MONSTER POSSESSING A FRIGHTENING GRIP.

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