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Police: 15-year-old was ambling around Mary Ellen McCormack development with a loaded gun and three kinds of drugs

Boston Police report a teen under observation by both Boston officers and FBI agents was arrested yesterday on O'Callaghan Way - after a brief chase in which he took off and tossed a jacket with "a loaded 9mm Millennium G2 handgun along with 9 small plastic bags of heroin, 5 suboxone strips and 1 small plastic bag of cocaine" in the pockets.

Police say the teen, at 15, too young to have his name released, took off running after police and the feds approached him shortly before 4 p.m. outside 91 O'Callaghan Way.

He was charged with being delinquent for unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, possession of a large-capacity feeding device and possession of Class A and B drugs with intent to distribute, police say.

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Where were the adults?

By that I mean parents or guardians AND the adults who set the kid up with all the stuff.

Seems like a classic "use underage kids as mules" situation.

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My older kid is 15 now so this hits home for me.

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You guys wonder why a drug dealer is carrying the “cure” for opiate addiction? Because suboxone gets you high and is VERY cheap on the street. Not to mention it’s withdrawals are FAR worse than heroin.

All of the services directed towards addiction are well-intentioned, but very misguided. I’ve been sober for 16 months and was chewed up and spit out by the suboxone program for a decade. Suboxone made my addiction much worse. It made my tolerance skyrocket and did NOTHING to fix what was wrong internally.

It’s marked to prevent withdrawal. But, any addict will tell you withdrawal is the easiest part. Opiate withdrawal lasts 4-7 days. There’s not a person on the planet who wouldn’t endure a bad flu for four days to have an infinitely better life. Suboxone trades on drug for another and in most cases leads to abuse of different drugs. In my opinion the explosion of meth on Mass Ave is a direct result of people being pumped full of suboxone and methadone. You can’t get the high you’re seeking and find relief elsewhere.

I’m 31 and grew up with hundreds of drug addicts. Nearly every person I know with sustained sobriety went through private 12 step programs. Insurance and public funding won’t touch the steps because of the word “God”. It’s not a religious program, not is it driven by AA. The steps are all but dead within AA because they are a ton of work.

To really combat this issue we should have 12 step treatment options. The cynic in me believes this will happen because there’s not much money in it. Places like The Plymouth House and Brook Retreat don’t use medication or clinicians so nobody’s getting rich off the problem..........yet they have MUCH MUCH MUCH higher success rates than any other option the commonwealth has.

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there is a pretty good interview from Tulane with Phil Anselmo, the former singer of pantera who has had a fairly public battle with heroin for much of his life. he talks about how the methadone process was and is far worse than heroin for the exact reasons you mention. definitely worth checking out, especially if you're a fan of his music.

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PS Suboxone doesn't get you high -- unless you are not an opioid user. Even then, it simply puts you to sleep.

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I don't agree with everything you say, but you are the voice of experience and I appreciate hearing your thoughts about this.

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The only people who get high from Suboxone are heroin addicts who don't currently have a habit. Anyone who has never developed a tolerance for an opiate in their life will only get sick if they take it. It's not fun. And of course, addicts with a habit don't get high from it, either. It merely holds off withdrawal. It also blocks the effects of heroin, so actually buying Suboxone on the street often is the first step to getting legal Suboxone. But certainly, anyone who ever had an opiate habit in their life who is not physically addicted at the moment will get high from it. Not super high, but pleasant. Of course lots of people in jails and drug programs fit this bill, and this is why it's popular in those places. At the same time, Suboxone works for those who want it to work. I did heroin for 27 years and got clean many times but always eventually relapsed. Finally in 2010 I got on a Suboxone program, and later this year it will be 10 years off heroin.

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I agree it’s not the universal truth. 12 step programs are not the magic cure. You have to be ready, honest, and willing to get uncomfortable. Half-heartily working the steps gets you nowhere fast.

I’ve got high off suboxone hundreds of times. It’s not as good of a high, but certainly a high. It happens to be THE drug of choice in jail.

I never tell sponsees to immediately get off. I suggest a doctor supported taper. The withdrawal from suboxone is so severe, most need detox.

I’m extremely active in this community. I know hundreds who’ve gotten well, only a handful did it without the steps. The programs effectiveness is hard to measure. Because simply doing them is different than applying it to all aspects of life. One’s success depends on what they’re doing when nobody is watching. Call me crazy, but I believe ANYBODY who does it honestly, throughly, and continues to do it will have success.

I’m not calling for people to abolish current methods. We should just expand them to twelve steps. I’m currently working with a Boston Firefighter. The VA and union have sent him to a zillion places. In order to get twelve step treatment he was forced to resign, and is finally doing well. The fire dept has a contract with a place that is awful and it was his only option.

I went to a program that had three “houses” with about 40 people. Five months into my stay only four people had relapsed. That is staggering.

Places like that are paid for out of pocket. Luckily organizations like The Family Restored and DMMF shell out huge money to get people in there.

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That is awesome! As somebody who’s less than 2 years sober, I would never knock somebody who’s done well for a decade. Your journey may have been different than mine, but it’s still inspirational.

My main issue isn’t necessarily with suboxone itself. Being on subs is better than shooting dope. My problem is with how it’s painted to be the “cure”. I don’t know your story, but I’m willing to bet you did TONS of work on yourself to get where you are.

For me suboxone was a nightmare. I truly wanted to stop getting high. The first few hours I was on it I thought “This is awesome! I’m not sick and can go to work. Thank god for this drug”.

Fast forward a few hours. I’m perpetually on the verge of a panic attack and having very real thoughts of suicide. See, something other than drugs was wrong with me. Drugs were what I medicated myself with. Being on suboxone stopped me from getting sick, but robbed me of my only source of relief.

For me (not everybody) it furthered the thought “drugs are my problem” in my head. Wasn’t until years later I realized I’m crazier off drugs then on them. You take them away and I’m WORSE. Maybe I put on weight and look better. But where it counts......in my head.... I was worse.

A 12 step program forced me to strip away everything I used to get by and actually work on myself......I’ve never been happier.

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He's potentially only a year or two removed from voter eligibility....

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