Tainted heroin suspected in teen’s fatal overdose

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Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 12:11 am, Fri May 9, 2014.

Santa Fe police say the death of a 17-year-old girl early Thursday might have been caused by a bad batch of heroin in the city that they believe may be tied to at least two other overdoses.

In the case of the teen’s fatal overdose, police say, a friend reported the incident at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the teen was rushed to the hospital. While she was receiving medical attention, officers discovered there was a warrant out for her arrest, and they transferred her to the Santa Fe County Juvenile Detention Center, where she was held overnight. Early in the morning, a report says, detention staff found her unresponsive. She was again rushed to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, where she died after hospital staff tried to revive her.

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  • Pat Shackleford posted at 10:47 pm on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 569

    That "tainted" heroin is some killer s#!t. Best avoid the "brown" acid, too.

  • Dennis Romero posted at 4:40 pm on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    dennis romero Posts: 14

    Ryan - she was a person who likely had problems. Not an idiot. People make mistakes, people have problems. No reason to hurl insults around.

  • Jimmy Green posted at 1:52 pm on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Evil_J Posts: 145

    It's well known that the medical industry has no licensor addicts. Because. Recidivism.

  • Brandee Decker Martinez posted at 1:24 pm on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    blmartinez Posts: 1

    So so sad i think further investigation is needed into why she was sent away from the hospital so soon. She should have been kept there until she was completely out of dangers way. Our system needs alot of work. Once taken to the detention center she should have been monitored closer. I hope the city police and sherriffs work double overtime to find whoever is in charge of giving out this "Tainted Heroin" and put them in jail for a long long time. It would be nice to know just how long CSV kept the others who had overdosed. Such tragidy i hope everyone talks to their children about how dangerous drugs are.

  • Alba Herrera posted at 12:26 pm on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    struckdownbutnotdestroyed Posts: 1

    Bad batch of heroin? Does this mean there's such a thing as a good batch? All heroin are bad batch. All people suffering from heroin addiction are a needle away from death regardless of what that heroin is mixed with.

  • Peter Neal posted at 11:52 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 289

    Police officers are expected to be psychologists ,marriage counselors, EMTs, lawyers, accident reconstruction specialists, defensive tactics experts, and a myriad of other skills which include apparently in your opinion doctors

  • Julian R. Grace posted at 11:26 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Logies New Mexican Posts: 108

    Between the jailers and police there's plenty of blame for both. Apparently you've never been the guest of either. Both sub-par, on average, at doing their jobs.

  • Peter Neal posted at 10:52 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 289

    and as far as my misspelling of the word patients that was due to crappy voice recognition technology not me

  • Peter Neal posted at 10:50 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 289

    The police would have only being responsible for any "follow-up" care between the time they transported her from the hospital to the time they turned her over to detention facility staff- and even then if there had been some sort of medical emergency en route to that detention facility the police officers would have called medical personnel to this to help. so your assertion is basically bull.....period.

  • Dean Norris posted at 10:32 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Dean Norris Posts: 5

    Thank you Gloria...nice to see somebody is interested in finding out the truth instead of burning the law enforcement community.

  • Julian R. Grace posted at 10:10 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Logies New Mexican Posts: 108

    P. Neal: "patience?" Really?

    And whether it was the doctor's decision or not, it was the lack of follow-up care that highly contributed to an unnecessary death. That's on the cops and jailers. Period.

  • Peter Neal posted at 9:11 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 289

    I feel like I am beating my head against a wall here the police do not have a say in when a patient is released from the hospital it is the doctors decision once the doctor makes that decision the officer is required to take the patience to the detention facility

  • Luanne Greene posted at 9:00 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    dolgre Posts: 7

    Long article about how bad heroin is, with little attention paid to some GLARING problems.

    This teen most likely died because the physicians in the ER at CSV were grossly negligent, and failed to provide the most basic assessment, interventions and care expected for a heroin overdose. As a critical care nurse, I know these kinds of patients well. In any other hospital, she would have spent at least one night in an ICU or Progressive Care setting (or transferred to one nearby if the hospital did not have those services) and had her breathing and vitals continuously monitored. Had she shown signs of respiratory distress, immediate response would have occurred to administer Narcan or if needed place her on a ventilator until the crisis passed. To prevent acute withdrawl symptoms, many times she would have been started on a regimen of Suboxone or other medications. Even in an uncomplicated heroin OD, she sould have received a MINIMUM of a 24-48 hour stay for a heroin overdose in which she had been found "unresponsive and not breathing".

    What needs to be investigated here is why CSV's ER physicians didn't have the common sense and medical judgement to follow a proper course of treatment for this patient. Instead, they deferred to law enforcement at the expense of the safety and proper care of this young woman, A MINOR, who is now dead.

    THAT, is the second tragedy in this case. How many does CSV get before they are shut down?

  • Steve Salazar posted at 8:42 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 872

    If she was still out of it at the hospital, she should have stayed. If she would have been such a valuable catch for the police, one of them could have waited for her to fully recover.

  • Andi Garcia posted at 8:20 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    garciaandi Posts: 31

    A 17 year old overdoses, and loses her life to HEROIN?!!!!
    And a friend says "The first time she had used in a while"...what?!
    The mother says she hasn't seen her for 2 months.

    SHE'S 17!!!! Did she have a chance? Poor girl.

    So, so sad.

  • Peter Neal posted at 7:59 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 289

    See my response to gmalone above.

  • Peter Neal posted at 7:58 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 289

    Gmalone;. The police have ZERO say in when a patient is fit for transport to a detention facility. The doctor makes that decision, and once that is done, the officer has to take the person. Typical knee- jerk, anti - cop rhetoric based on ignorance of facts. Way to go.

  • Gloria Mendoza posted at 7:09 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Mariposa Posts: 8

    thank you.

  • Gloria Mendoza posted at 7:09 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Mariposa Posts: 8

    Excuse me, instead of blaming the police and hospital staff. Why are we not putting pressure on the City to eliminate the drug problem in this town. Why aren't they getting the names of the suppliers of this heroin?

  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 10:33 pm on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 427

    "tainted heroin, adverse chemical or substance in...", all seems a bit rundundant.

    Heroin, "fuels the city's residential, auto and commercial burglary rates". Once arrested, these punks should be thrown in jail for a year minimum and undergo intense drug treatment rather than being thrown back on the street with the promise that they will complete a drug treatment program that a clown judge "sentences", them to, so the can continue doing what they do best, durgging, and victimizing innocent people by stealing or damaging property that they WORK hard for.


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