The death of a 14-year-old is suspected to be from an overdose of "cheese heroin." According to WFAA.com, Dallas police are investigating several deaths from "cheese heroin," also including a 17-year-old. Police are awaiting toxicology reports to determine the causes of death.
The 14-year-old had been battling an addiction to heroin. A friend of the deceased teen claims he fought this addiction for a year and a half, and the 14-year-old approached him for help in overcoming addiction, just 2 days before he passed away.
Fox News claims that "cheese heroin" is black tar heroin mixed with ground up nighttime cold medicine. The principal of Dallas's Thomas Jefferson High School claims that "cheese" is a problem, not just at this school but among teens in general. The drug is called "cheese heroin" because its appearance is similar to Parmesan cheese. Thomas Jefferson High School's principal believes the cheese-like appearance makes the drug more attractive to youth. Furthermore, the drug is cheap and easy to obtain.
"Cheese heroin" made headlines several years ago when more than two dozen teens died from "cheese" overdose, and many more were hospitalized. News 8 interviewed 15-year-old Juan Ramirez in 2007, after he nearly died from this drug. He said, "I don't remember much, but seeing the paramedics and ambulance." He warned others not to try this drug.
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