Seven people died from overdose in a three day period earlier this month. The spate of deaths hearkened back to Seattle's 'Junkie Town' days between Kurt Cobain's 1994 death and Lane Staley's 2002 death. Public Health officials came up with the novel idea to share with Seattle heroin users the proper technique for spotting bad heroin and advising how to use illegal drugs more safely.
Multiple readers said they knew someone who had suffered or died from heroin. Commenter D_walker1161 suspects the "bad batch" of heroin killed her ex-husband. She conveys her loss and a plea for safety in our Comment of the Day:
I think this is valuble information that could potentially save lives, definitely NOT a waste of resources. People are not defined by this terrible habit. they stil have people who love them, they have families and are all human after all. Everyones life is worth something, so if it takes this to get the word out it could save some, mother, father. son or daughter from accidently killing themselves. I just lost my ex husband to, what i believe to be this "bad Batch" I am not a user, but he was still was just as important and valuable as any other hard working person on earth.And he was a father and very much loved by everyone he encountered.
...I just lost my ex husband on 2/26..he relapsed and that's all it took. My family has lost someone very important to all of us. People need to take the time to think about how this drug effects peoples lives. Anything to help raise awareness counts. If this notice would have went out sooner, my son would have his father and I would have my best friend today. My life is forever changed. If anyone knows anyone with this terrible habit, please tell them to be careful and follow the health dept's advice.