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Tag: Return of heroin


Recreational drugs: what was old is new

“The Greeks and Romans used opium, anticholinergics, and numerous botanical toxins to induce states of mental euphoria, create hallucinations, and alter their own consciousness.”

The quote, lifted from the pages of Dr. David Hillman’s book, The Chemical Muse, suggests that recreational drugs were an accepted part of both the society that created democracy and the empire that bent its knee to Caesar.  

The notion that mind altering drugs have been around a long time should come as little surprise. Today, the demand remains strong, regardless of the so-called war on drugs (or perhaps

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Heroin: What was old is new again

Driving through downtown Tacoma I sometimes revert to old guy mode, as in “I remember when that building used to be a cave.” I love looking at both the new and remodeled structures, especially when I recall how bad it used to look in the mid-90’s when I worked in a street crime unit downtown.

I was reminded of some of those old streets and structures when I read a Trib story about the reemergence of heroin.

The word heroin conjures up memories of the 1500 block of S. Commerce St., former home of both the Nativity House and Rescue Mission, a soup kitchen and shelter respectively. Their altruistic presence was daily perverted by the drug dealers and users that made the sidewalk in front the largest open air heroin market in the region. That spot is now the location of the beautiful Hotel Murano and a gathering spot for business people and travelers instead.

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