Police: More than 5,000 fentanyl pills found inside children’s toy bought at a thrift shop

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PHOENIX, AZ – In what has to be one of the most bizarre cases of discovered drugs, police in Phoenix say that a toy that was purchased at a thrift store in El Mirage was later discovered to have had drugs stashed inside of the toy’s body

Here’s the details behind this drug-stuffed doll. 

According to Phoenix Police, a little girl was bought a “Glo Worm” doll from a thrift store in El Mirage. Apparently, the parents later found that there were roughly 5,000 fentanyl pills inside of the dolls body. 

In a tweet shared by the Phoenix Police Department’s official Twitter account, the following was written: 

“Parents purchased a glow worm at a thrift store in El Mirage for their daughter and found a sandwich bag with over 5,000 pills believed to be fentanyl inside. They called [Phoenix Police] and gave the dangerous drugs to officers. Remember to inspect all opened and used items.”

An investigation is ongoing as of this time, as police are likely working to track down how exactly a thrift store doll managed to become a repository for the dangerous drugs. 

There are no further details on the case from officials, but this matter should certainly serve as a reminder for parents to keep a close eye on what they’re picking up at their local thrift shops for their kids. 

It’s a matter rather reminiscent of the case that cropped up in Calaveras County, California back in June of 2020. With a little bit of a twist, though.

In that incident, Calaveras County Sheriff’s spokesperson Sgt. Greg Stark says that deputies who were working security at the Calaveras Superior Court had noticed a male subject had placed an object within the landscaping before heading into the courthouse. 

When the deputies went to take a closer look at what the subject left behind, they’d found a wooden “nesting doll”. Once the deputies popped the wooden doll open, they’d stumbled upon several baggies of suspected methamphetamines

Meth hidden in nesting doll recovered outside Calaveras Courthouse
Meth hidden in nesting doll recovered outside Calaveras Courthouse – Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office

As the male subject, later identified as 35-year-old Oscar Freer, was leaving the courthouse and went to retrieve the wooden doll he’d allegedly left behind – he was instead greeted by deputies who placed him under arrest. 

After further review, officials say that there was a total of 9.6 grams of meth inside of the wooden doll.

Freer, despite the irony of his last name, was later booked into the Calaveras County Jail under charges of possession of a controlled substance and for an existing failure to appear bench warrant.

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Speaking of drug debacles, a professor from Columbia University recently admitted to regularly partaking in some use of controlled substances – namely, heroin. 

And this professor’s reasoning behind dabbling in the casual use of said substance is a concept that many are finding difficulty to relate to. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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NEW YORK, NY– A Columbia University professor has admitted to regularly using heroin to reportedly improve his “work-life balance.” 

Carl Hart is a professor of psychology and neuroscience and he chairs the psych department. In his book, Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear, Hart opens up about his own recreational drug use. 

At 54, the married father of three has snorted small amounts of heroin for as many as 10 days in a row and enjoyed it mightily, even if he’s experienced mild withdrawal symptoms “12 to 16 hours after he last dose.”

The New York Post reported that as Hart sees it, the discomfort is a worthwhile trade-off. Pointing out that the experience leaves him “refreshed” and “prepared to face another day,” Hart writes in his book:

“There aren’t many things in life that I enjoy more than a few lines by the fireplace at the end of the day.”

Hart, who studies the effects of psychoactive drugs on humans, finds his sue of the narcotics to be:

“As rational as my alcohol use. Like vacation, sex, and the arts, heroin is one of those tools that I use to maintain my work-life balance.”

Reportedly, his reason for coming clean about doing opiates and the like is to advocate for decriminalizing possession of recreational drugs. According to the publisher of the book:

“The book makes the case that the demonization of drug use, not drugs themselves, has been a tremendous scourge on America, not least in reinforcing this country’s enduring structural racism.”

According to the Insider, Hart’s book is a research scientists’s love letter to drugs of all stripes and an argument for more even-handed drug policies across the United States. He told the Insider:

“This notion that people are not going to use drugs, that’s silly and adolescent. That’s what this book is about: being grown up.”

Hart also said that he hopes to see President Biden work toward federal regulation and licensing of the use of substances that are often described as neighborhood scourges. By his logic, if people are going to indulge, they should at least do it “safely.”

It’s not just heroin that keeps Hart centered. He said that he is also a fan of the effects brought on by MDMA (better known as Molly or ecstasy) and methamphetamine, a drug that according to the CDC, has caused the most overdose deaths in nearly half the country.

In describing MDMA, Hart recalled “intense feelings of pleasure, gratitude, and energy.” He said:

“When I’m rolling, I just want to breathe deeply and enjoy it. The simple act of breathing can be extremely pleasurable.”

Hart even found pleasure in snorting a version of so-called bath salts, a synthetic cathinone that’s been linked to disturbing behavior from barking to breaking into homes. Hart’s assessment of the drug? “Unequivocally wonderful.” 

In his book, he recalls the effects as being “euphoric, energetic, clearheaded, and highly social…niiiiiice.” The drug had such nice effects that he writes about wanting to take the drug ahead of some “awful required social event, such as an academic reception.”

According to the Post, a representative for Columbia has not yet returned their request for comment on Hart’s illegal drug use. And while recreational-drug enthusiasts may salute Hart, the medical and addiction community may find the professor’s utopian approach less than ideal.

According to the CDC, in 2018, nearly 15,000 people died from drug overdoses involving heroin in the United States. Some experts still maintain that even legalizing cannabis, the mildest of recreational drugs, poses dangers, including increased visits to emergency rooms.

Christian Hopfer, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine says that marijuana can have serious health effects. He said:

“Smoke a couple times a day and marijuana will knock you off your memory. That is pretty certain. And there is no question that legalization has a normalizing effect on something that used to be against the law.”

While acknowledging in his book that “drug use is not for everybody,” Hart cites America’s founding documents and their promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as “reasons” for having the choice to snort lines, smoke weed, and “expand one’s mind.” He said:

“You can live you life as you choose. And it’s nobody’s business, as long as you do not interfere with anybody else doing the same.”

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