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Heroin Obamacare: 1K heroin packs stamped 'Obamacare' confiscated in drug bust

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Who knew heroin, Obamacare, and drug trafficking have something in common? When Massachusetts police pulled over a driver for alleged moving violations Friday in Northampton, a K-9 hit on a massive amount of heroin stamped with "Obamacare" and "Kurt Cobain." Drug stamps on narcotics are nothing new, but the choice in brand names are a bit alarming, citing a Dec. 20 KZTV news report on the traffic stop and drug arrests.

Watch video above about "The New Face of Heroin" in the United States. The stats are alarming.

The heroin-Obamacare story sounds like bit of satire against the president's healthcare plan aka Affordable Care Act. However, according to sources, this strange news story of a heroin capture actually took place.

It goes that while a state trooper was on another traffic stop, he noticed a moving violation of another vehicle going in the opposite direction. Moments later, he caught up with the driver and discovered he was not licensed to drive a motor vehicle.

Then, a police dog sniffed out evidence of drugs in the vehicle, which led to the startling discovery: 1,250 packets of drug-stamped heroin marked "Obamacare" and "Kurt Cobain."

Four occupants of the vehicle were arrested and charged with trafficking of narcotics. They were all arraigned on the same day and entered "not-guilty" pleas.

State police Lt. Daniel Richard said the prominent markings are all too common, but this case took him by surprise.

The trend began many years ago when suppliers reasoned they should stamp their shipments to describe the type of drug and potency.

In 2010, a sociologist studying the impact of heroin and H.I.V. drug use hatched the idea of collecting discarded packs of heroin from addicts and showcasing them in an exhibit. Seven members of the Social Art Collective put on an art show called the "Heroin Stamp Project" at the White Box Gallery in New York's Lower East Side.

The impetus behind the project was to show how drug suppliers use some the same tools of the trade seen in legal enterprises in order to market their products.

As the NY Times wrote in a post three years ago:

Several heroin brands seem to dwell on the delicate balance of mortality that accompanies their use. Those include the Last Shot, Game Over, No Exit and No Pain, which is illustrated with a coffin and a cross.

There is also a packet stamped with the words 'Tango and Cash,' the name attached to a fentanyl-laced brand of heroin that infamously caused 12 fatal overdoses in one weekend in 1991."

The heroin-Obamacare stamped packets, as in the above examples, sound like witty names given to alcoholic beverages one finds at a hip bar or on the menu at a popular eatery.

Considering the unpopularity of the Obama Administration's health care initiatives (website, mandates, etc.) and the backlash from the mounting problems since the inception, it's anyone's guess why a distributor would use heroin and Obamacare to brand their drugs.


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