When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Fentanyl

nicki-batista-mugshotIt’s a high so sublime they feel like it’s worth dying for. And they do, in large numbers when you aggregate them, but generally, in one squalid apartment or filthy alley at a time. In the former mill town of Rochester, New Hampshire, a couple of addicts acted out this well-worn morality play this fall.

On the afternoon of Sept. 15, police were sent to an Osborne Street residence for a reported drug overdose. They found a 23-year-old man, who was not identified in a news release, deceased. His death appeared to be the result of drug use.

An autopsy was performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Sept. 16, but the cause of death was pending toxicology reports. Test results determined he had died as a result of acute fentanyl intoxication.

Police continued to investigate the death and ultimately charged [Nina] Batista, 22, with allegedly supplying the victim with the drugs.

via Rochester woman charged with giving fentanyl to man who died from OD | New Hampshire.

nina-batista-2The technical charge is “dispensing a controlled drug with death resulting,” a Class A felony.

While Nina Batista looks more like she’s 14 than 22, she’s a career drug dealer who is out on bail for selling drugs. Her boyfriend is in jail for selling drugs. If she’s not going to have the decency to OD herself, she needs a sentence where she can die in jail.

According to an affidavit, Nina Batista, 22, admitted she sold heroin and cocaine to Zackariah Glidden before his death Sept. 15. Glidden was found unresponsive at an Osborne Street residence at around 1 p.m. that day.

A detective who responded to the scene spoke with Glidden’s stepfather, Kenneth Moors, who said he picked Glidden up from work in Portsmouth around midnight and they drove straight home. He reported seeing Glidden on his skateboard in the NAPA Auto Parks parking lot at about 3 a.m.

As police investigated, they found Glidden was having a conversation with someone named “Dusty” on his cellphone before he overdosed on fentanyl. They believe over the course of three days there were three drug related transactions between Glidden and the person using a phone belonging to “Dusty.”

Batista is engaged to a man named Dustin Howland. Police concluded Batista was using the phone because Howland has been in jail since July.

On Sept. 19, Rochester police made contact with Batista in the parking lot of Arthur’s Market. Detectives made casual conversation with her, and she confirmed she was living at 40 Hancock St., which is directly across the street from NAPA Auto Parts.

On Oct. 3, detectives asked if they could meet with Batista. Detectives seized the phone and she agreed to give them a statement. During that conversation, Batista admitted to selling about 60 grams of heroin a week.

After receiving a toxicology report for Glidden Oct. 20, police took Batista into custody the following day and charged her with dispensing a controlled drug, death resulting.

The charge carries the potential of life in prison. She should be offered the alternative, of taking her 60 grams of heroin all at once. It’s a win for civilization either way.

(In New Hampshire, there are about 12-15 murders a year, mostly among the drug dealer community. And there are hundreds and hundreds of overdose deaths).

22 thoughts on “When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Fentanyl

  1. Boat Guy

    I am currently employed in looking at some of these phenomena. I have a difficult time in seeing Fentanyl as a “problem” since it seems to be aiding in solving one of our problems – those who would abuse narcotic drugs. And yes administering the same dose of the same substance to the “provider” would be a nice follow-on remedy.
    I’m in somewhat of a minority among my colleagues, many of whom are younger and nicer than I am.

  2. Docduracoat

    Fentanyl is a mainstay of anesthesia
    It would be difficult to give safe, modern anesthesia without it
    The problem of drug abuse is a conundrum
    The current system of prohibition and incarcerating drug users and sellers is not working
    Americas insatiable demand for illegal drugs is destroying Mexico and enriching drug cartels.
    Legalization would have its own problems.
    Some system of ” harm reduction” to deprive Mexican Cartels of income and allowing drug users to take their drugs without allowing them to drive while intoxicated would be better than our current system.
    All drugs were legal before 1900 and they had morphine, cocaine and pot back then.
    Was there a drug epidemic then? Why is there one now?
    Or is the drug epidemic a myth and some people will just always kill themselves with drugs?

    1. Tom Stone

      Doc, I agree with you. The current system doesn’t work at all and while there is no good answer there are better ones.
      And I can add that I wore Fentanyl patches for about a year after a serious back injury, three years total being treated with opioids.
      Three days of the shits and jingles and I was done, nowhere near as nasty as nicotine withdrawal.
      The experience left me with a hatred of being fuzzy.

    2. whomever

      “Was there a drug epidemic then? Why is there one now?”

      I’ve wondered about that. I don’t think anyone was doing surveys, but I’ve seen references to abuse of patent medicines and laudanum. A couple of thoughts on what’s different now:

      1)We’re comparatively much richer now; much of the population was just keeping itself fed then. I’d guess it would be harder to be a bored teen when your day started with milking the cows at 0500.
      2)Related to #1, there wasn’t any welfare.
      3)I’m fuzzy on this, but was it practical to fund a lifestyle based on thieving? People certainly stole, but was it practical in general to be a long term thief? If you think of the kinds of crimes that junkies use to fund themselves, burglary is harder when most houses are farms where someone is always home. Shoplifting is harder when only a small fraction of goods come from the store – and those are kept behind a counter. Check kiting and what have you aren’t quite practical yet. Robbery and so on were likely to be capital offenses, I think, formally or otherwise.
      4)Ingestion was oral or via smoking. That leads to slower onset, which might affect the psychology of addiction. I know I’ve heard users say that smoking meth is less likely to cause a complete cratering of your life than injecting.
      5)It wasn’t illegal, so abusers only had to deal with the direct effects of their abuse. If one decided to turn things around, they didn’t have the problem of trying to get a job with a prior conviction. We’ve all probably known functioning alcoholics who either coped, more or less, with their problem, or stopped drinking on their own when things got bad enough.

      I have no particular expertise in the field – these are just things I’ve wondered about.

    3. Boat Guy

      Doc, et al
      The current “system” sure as hell doesn’t work. “There are better answers” -AYE. I’d be glad to be doing something else;
      I live in a “pot is legal” state and we see the good and bad aspects of that pretty much every day.

  3. Bill Robbins

    I went to college in NH. The state is beautiful and rugged, but, can also be depressing. Just visit any former mill town on a drizzly day during mud season. The once-proud state of “Live Free or Die” has become “Live, or Whatever.” Perhaps, NH needs to build a wall extending the length of the MA border, and then, eliminate all government assistance programs. Changing the name of the Kankamagus Highway to something more appealing to the ear would also help.

    1. Trone Abeetin

      Yeah, we’re all cretins down here…. rolls eyes. I mean really, I’m sure you live in a drug less conservative utopia.

  4. Cap'n Mike

    These people are like a moth to a flame.
    I wager that the first reaction of his junkie friends when they heard about Gliddens overdose was
    “That must be good shit, where can I score some”

  5. Trone Abeetin

    Don’t understand the whole opioids thing. When I take them I can’t move my bowels.. I’d rather be in pain.

  6. Y.

    It’s a high so sublime they feel like it’s worth dying for.

    I hear this whisper that the cumulative loss of life (person/years) due to bad eating habits grossly outweighs all the addicts overdosing. Except maybe in places like Japan where fat people are somewhat rare.

    Why is it allowed to sell food to fat people? I used to moonlight in a supermarket, and it just wrong, selling more food to a morbidly obese person who can barely walk and apparently needs to support herself on the shopping cart while shuffling around.

    These people are addicts, and no one’s even trying to help them.

    I see the younger generation being distinctly porkier than when I was a kid. Soon, there’ll be mobility scooters in shops, and some time after that, normal weight people will be considered ‘too skinny’.

    It’s like seeing a catastrophe, in slow motion, without being able to do anything about it. And knowing this is just one of many things that are going wrong, but this one is just visible.

    1. Hognose Post author

      We already have mobility scooters in large stores here in the USA. While I do see some porkers using ’em, it’s more often very debilitated old people, sometimes on oxygen (which usually means smokers, but not always).

    2. John Distai

      You see a lot of this at Disneyworld.

      “…The little ones sit by their TV screens
      No thoughts to think
      No tears to cry
      All sucked dry
      Down to the very last breath
      Bartender what is wrong with me
      Why I am so out of breath
      The captain said excuse me ma’am
      This species has amused itself to death…”

      Roger Waters – Amused to Death


  7. Dyspeptic Gunsmith

    The problem with fentanyl is the drug’s potency relative to other opioids.

    Morphine has dosages in milligrams per kilogram of body weight.

    Fentanyl has dosages in micrograms per kilo of body weight.

    It’s a remarkable pain killer, and favored by paramedics and ER docs because it can be administered in ways that don’t cause more pain (ie, an injection). eg, it can be administered through nose drops for children in pain. We carry it on our ambulances in this county. Even tho I’m not a medic (and don’t want to be one, because I’d rather leave the whole opioid issue to those who are full-time medics), I’ve taken the training on how to administer and dose fentanyl for some of my continuing ed credits for my EMT license.

    Wonderful stuff… But you’d better know your math, because it’s quite unforgiving in how fast and how effective it is.

  8. Alan Ward

    After a wave fentanyl deaths in our little northern utopia, our local police laid a manslaughter charge on a nineteen year old who supplied a recent od.
    I guess they are hoping to slow the use and the small dealers.
    A recent trend is the use of Narcan by groups of users who get together, party, od, then quasi resurrect each other on the brink.
    Kind of makes me wonder about the type of world in which my future grandchildren will grow and hopefully thrive.

    1. Dyspeptic Gunsmith

      Now that is a special kind of stupid. Deliberately OD and then use Narcan to come back from the brink?

      I’m fresh out of any sympathy for these clowns.

  9. John Smith

    Drugs have never been a draw to me. I had a brief flirtation with overconsumption of alcohol but that died with headaches and the threat of losing my job.

    To say that this sort of thinking (opioid use) is foreign to me is beyond understatement. The horizon has to be so close and bleak that nothing rises to the level of “value”.

  10. Hayabusa

    That is one hard-looking 22 year old in that mugshot and the court photo. She is not that much older than my daughters, but those cold, dead eyes tell me she’s not looking at much of a future.

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  12. AJ from Nj

    I see all the different povs here and it shows how different everyone’s experiences are with the epidemic that is opioids/opiates. I lost a fiance to it whom I never knew had any issue until a year into it even though 4 years earlier I’d gone through a lighter version of just Dr rx problems myself. It’s a disgusting, sad, and sometimes helpless spiral to watch.

    I’ve also seen about 6 guys I went to hs with and 2 close friends that got sucked into it just by “partying”. Guys any of you’d look at as great guys, and who had everything and lost it. Their entire extended families are torn up and the ripples it causes across the entire group of loved ones is hard to watch.

    Everyone is responsible for their own choices, no buts about it. Although, just like being fat our having cancer from smoking, it is a disease and if you’re serious about helping yourself our family member it needs to be treated as such. There’s nothing that can replace hard work and commitment for any problem

    What’s the answer? There’s no cure all, but it starts with mental health, just like anything else. Role models, positive behavior patterning, and other stuff that make ppl stronger all over. Then it’s away from making the cycle worse if it’s simple drug use through a separate drug court with strong guidelines as long as there’s no stealing or other things along with the drug part. And then ppl just make shitty decisions and they’ll have to live with them unfortunately.

    I have a bumper sticker on my car in very small letters that says, “shoot your local heroin dealer” bc actual dealing in that shit is like killing someone. And those are the pol that need to get hit the hardest and taken away as punishment.

  13. Raoul Duke

    Basic, root cause?

    Western civilization has abandoned the concept of right and wrong. We’ve also turned out back on God- whichever God you answer to- and turned to the worship of other things.

    Everything else stems from that, in some way.

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