Heroin

Heroin Bags of Hartford

These are all heroin bags I have found on the streets of Hartford. Not all bags have stamps. I have found many plain white envelopes. Some of these stamps may have been lying in the grass for awhile, others were fresh. Some of the bags such as Avatar, Focus and New World are commercially produced bags and can be bought in packages of 600 on eBay for about $30. $30 for the bags, not the heroin, which the packager must supply. My favorite stamps are the locally stamped ones like Chief, Black Widow and Dead Man. I admit to being fascinated by the names. I understand that dealers brand their bags to help establish customer loyalty and increase sales. It also helps the buyer know what to expect when purchasing. If a user has a certain brand on Monday, it is likely if he buys the same brand on Tuesday, he will find dope of the same quality.  If he buys a brand on Monday, but then does not have that brand again for a month, the dope is likely going to be of a different quality.  Some dealers start a brand off at a very high quality, and then go gradually lower it until no one wants it anymore.  other dealers try to keep the same quality product all the time as they take a longer view of customer satisfaction.  Sometimes a particular brand is considered very good, other dealers will stamp the name of that back on their envelopes and sell it in hopes of getting in on the vibe.

While I have been aware of the heroin stamps since I began as a paramedic in Hartford back in 1995, I never paid much attention until August of this past year.   As I wrote about in Black Jack back on August 4,  I did three heroin overdoses in one shift and all three had Black Jack wrappers on scene. In the coming days, I started seeing Black Jack wrappers on the ground, outside markets, near benches, and when we stepped out of the ambulance on emergency calls. In the days since, I started picking the wrappers up , and in just five months have accumulated over 250 different stamps in the city of Hartford alone. My partner and I have also picked up over 50 syringes, which we have safely disposed of in our sharps boxes. We have also engaged our patients in discussion of the stamps and are learning quite a bit about this unique culture.  (Some patients say they will drive all over town looking for a certain brand, while others are strictly interested in what is inside the envelopes, not noticing or caring about the brand. This is how we learned that Black Jack was actually not heroin, but 100% Fentanyl — at least according to three of our patient sources — it was likely cut to some degree with other substances). Our latest source said Black Jack was so strong she and another experienced user only had to split a bag to get high.  The discussion with users have been interesting not only in learning about the drug culture, but in learning about the nature of addiction.  I view substance users as brothers and sisters who deserve our compassion and help.  I am committed to working with others to save lives from accidental overdose and to decreasing the stigma those with addiction face.

Below, I both list the new bags I have found each week (I started this part in October), and the most prevalent bag or bags of the week.  I also have categorized the bags by category.  I recognize it is a bit of a strange hobby, but I have learned a great deal in my search, plus getting out of the ambulance and walking is good for my health.

To see the entire collection, go to this link:

The Collection

New Week of March 26, 2017

Also seen; Pirates, Best Buy, Foxy, Horsepower, Race Track

New Week of March 19, 2017

Most seen

Also seen:

Casino, Black Devil, Foxy, King, Fast Track, Hall Pass, Best Buy, Scorpion

New Week of March 5, 2017

Lift Up, Mind Eraser, sweet Heat, Crunch Time, Sniper, Blue Dot, G.O.A.T., JFK. Best Buy

Most Seen

Also Seen: Guns, Fast Track. Vamp, The Finals

New Week of February 26, 2017

Empire(new design), Guns

Most seen:

Also seen:Cobra, Diesel, Oliver Queen, Fast track, Vamp, Green Froggy

New Week of  February 19, 2017

Power Punch, Fast Track (new font), Zika, Dead Men, Back Off. Love TV, Pound 4 Pound, The Finals (white Bag), Nike

Most Seen:

Also seen: The King, Black Devil, Chosen Few,  Cobra, Horsepower, Sin City, Wildcat

New Week of February 5, 2017

Space Jam, Mojo, W-2, Sin City, ?Arizona. Oliver Queen

Most Seen

Week of January 29, 2017

Most Seen:

New Week of January 22, 2017

Horse Lover, Venom, True Religion, Mr. Bill, ?HT, Fury

Most seen – Green is Good, New World, New Arrival

New week of January 15,2017

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Sky the Limit, Bad Boy, Good 4 You, Five Star Black, Versace, Hall Pass, Universe, FAXED, Pirates, present (green), Black devil, Magic City, Holiday season, Miami, Super Bowl, Foxy, Mind Eraser, Need for Speed, EZ-Pass, Casino, Call of Dury(new design)

Most Seen:

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New week of January 8, 2017

I only worked two days and due to the snow found nothing new.  I did see a lot of The Finals.

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New Week of January 1, 2017

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(Star Wars, Friday the 13th, EMPIRE (slanted), Mine Craft, blue apple?, The Finals, Black Rose, Posted, 2017, Star Wars (yellow), Red?, Power grip, Space Jam, 4 Way )

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Most seen – KD, Green is Good

New week of December 25 (Only worked one day)

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(Hot Sauce, P.R. V – see Urban Dictionary –PRV)

Saw lots of the preprinted bags this week, including

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Also saw lots of:

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New week of December 18,2016 (again weather was rough)

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Faces, Passion, Skittles

New Week of December 11, 2016 (weather hindered the hunt)

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New Week of December 4, 2016

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New Week of November 27, 2016

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Week also saw a return of: Night Owl, as well as lots of the following (KD, Helmet)

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New week of November 20, 2016

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New week of November 13, 2016

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New week of November 5, 2016

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New Week of October 30 (Bag may be old, but first time I have seen it.)

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New week of October 23- (Bag may be old, but first time I have seen it.)

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Bundle (10 Bags with a rubber band around them)

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We found this on the ground.  The bags were empty.  It looks like someone tried to rip someone else off.