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Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES — An epidemic of heroin overdoses has gripped one local town after the death of a 17-year-old this week, and the teenager who supplied him with the powerful drug is now facing serious charges.

Port Angeles Police say the resurgence of heroin might be happening because they’ve mostly squashed problems with other drugs like meth and prescription pain killers.

The latest overdose is one of at least five in Clallam County in just the past ten days.

Family and friends grieve the loss of 17-year-old Maceo’ Neihaus. They wear t-shirts showing his face hoping the community will stop the influx of heroin.

“He was awesome, he was unconditionally loving, he loved everybody,” said Rickie Neihaus, Maceo’s grandmother. “Everyone loved him. This is hell.”

Police say 18-year-old David Zavodny supplied Neihaus with the heroin that killed him. Prosecutors charged Zavodny with running a drug house and they’re considering charging him with homicide. But Neihaus’ family struggles to demonize the man who they believe killed Maceo’.

“Sadness for him as well because he’s just a young man,” said Rickie. “I know a lot of people don’t feel that way, they would like to see bad things happen to him but he’s just a young man as well with an addiction.”

Heroin use has gripped the small peninsula community of Port Angeles. Police say in the past ten days 5 people have overdosed on the powerful drug. Authorities say their success with stamping out rampant use of meth and prescription drugs now means a rise in heroin use.

Clallam County Superior Court placed Zavodny’s bail at a $250,000.

Maceo’s family says the boy always wanted to do something big, that he’d always be remembered. His mother hopes her son’s death will be a wake-up call for other kids to stay away from heroin.

“I have so much anger,” said Miranda Cedar, Maceo’s mother. “Just so much fear for all these children out here.”

Port Angeles Police hope stories like this will keep people from trying heroin.

A funeral for Maceo takes place at the Drennan-Ford Funeral Home Thursday, May 23rd in Port Angeles.

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32 Comments to “Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles”

    Harry Kuheim said:
    May 17, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    So what's so bad about Drugs Man? Shoudn't it all be Legalized Man? What could go wrong Man?

      taekovuhoser said:
      May 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      We need to thin the herd. I say make heroin available for free at the clinic. Poof, goodbye heroin dealers and their free samples. If anybody OD's , sorry, they automatically get a DNR code.

    CATHY said:
    May 17, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    IT IS ALL OVER THE PLACE…TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS ADDICTED TO IT IN PUYALLUP AND DYING!!!!! WHEN IS SOMETHING GOING TO BE DONE ABOUT THIS

    NAVYTOWN said:
    May 17, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    First, find out who is delivering Heroin to the Port Angeles area? Then, find out which 'dealers' it is going to? Schools should institute programs before the school year ends alerting kids to the dangers.
    Parents, talk to your children about drugs in general, and specifically heroin. This sounds like a real emergency. These steps should be instituted immediately!!!!

    yeomalt said:
    May 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Could a larger US Border Patrol force keep heroin out of Port Angeles?

    More manpower, gear, enhanced facilities? Bigger budget?

    Mark edfor Death said:
    May 17, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    I LIVE IN PORT ANGELES!! THE POLICE ARE LYING THROUGH THEIR TEETH! METH IS RAMPANT! Breakins every day, theft is out of control, assaults on the street, gangs of dirtballs hanging out downtown looking for trouble.
    TWO REASONS:
    1) The prosecuter is crooked as a dog's leg and lets these scumbags off with no prison time, I suppose she does not want to hurt their "Self Esteem".

    2) Seattle officials are handing bus tickets, cash, and food to the homeless criminals with the advice that the welfare benefits are much better in Port Angeles than Seattle.

      taekovuhoser said:
      May 18, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      "Seattle officials are handing bus tickets, cash, and food to the homeless criminals with the advice that the welfare benefits are much better in Port Angeles than Seattle."

      They're finally taking my advice. Sorry it was your nice little town, though. I recommended they get sent to San Francisco but knowing King County…

      colton said:
      December 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM
    Mark edfor Death said:
    May 17, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    May the fleas of a thosand camels infest the armpits of the wives (or boy-toys) of the Seattle authorities that planned and put into action this criminal activity.

    When innocent homeowners or children die because the prosecutor refuses to bury these dirtbags in prison, it will be the fault of every person involved in letting themoff the hook with a simple slap on the wrist. Instead, the city and county police would rather spend time installing cameras everywhere to spy on innocent citizens instead of rounding up the criminals in plain sight.
    Port Angeles is doomed. Turning into a sewer that last 15 years. Businesses all up and down the streets, closed up and gone to greener fields, replaced with 75 Homland Security agents sitting around picking their nose and falsifying overtime hours that were not worked.
    There is a big rug here that they sweep everything under…
    What a crap hole this place has become…..

    Anonymous said:
    May 18, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    I am appalled by many of these comments. Port Angeles is a beautiful town. I grew up here, and then moved away to ‘greener pastures’ only to realize that the other places I had dreamed about didn’t measure up to my home after all.
    The answer to these drug problems is entertainment and education. I don’t understand why people do not understand this.
    Education : teach kids from a young age what these drugs can do. Don’t teach them ‘Never do that’ or ‘say No to that’ – if children and teens have been properly taught the information about drugs, they will make the right choices, or at least be armed with more knowledge than the children that are dying on the streets now.
    Entertainment : teens in Port Angeles get hooked on drugs because especially in the colder months, there is nothing for them to do here. We do not have any entertainment for them – all the old programs and things that I went to when I was younger have been shut down, and I hear this complaint constantly from children and teens.

    Maybe if the adults and police in this town stop turning a blind eye to the real roots of these problems, something may actually get fixed in this town.

    anonymous said:
    May 18, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    I agree that parents and teachers need to educate the children more about what drugs are and what they can do . And we also need more entertainment for our kids. If there was more entertainment around we wouldnt have to deal with this drug problem.

    anonymous said:
    May 23, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    "Authorities say their success with stamping out rampant use of meth and prescription drugs now means a rise in heroin use." yeah right i dont believe it, they are to busy chasing down bicyclist for no lights or helmet and shootin them with a taser. then settling for 125k so they dont get sued. that money could of been used much better than keepin someone quiet about how out of control the poclice seem to be in this area. they havent switched to heroin use, they are combining it with their meth use

    マルイ サマンサ said:
    December 1, 2013 at 5:44 AM

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