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Massachusetts Man Charged with Road Rage Shooting, Drug Possession

Dwayne Howlette, a man from Springfield, Massachusetts, is currently facing charges of a road rage shooting and of drug possession and intent to distribute, among others. Howlette was driving down East Main Street in Chicopee, Massachusetts when he shot at another car. Police gave chase and followed Howlette all the way to Holyoke where he was arrested.

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Police searched Howlette’s car on April 2, 2018, which had been impounded after his shooting arrest, and found over 400 bags of heroin and 9 bags of marijuana, as well as several thousand dollars in cash and multiple cell phones.

Howlette’s other charges include failing to stop for a police officer and for a red light, speeding, disturbance while carrying a dangerous weapon and assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless operation of a vehicle, possession of a firearm without a license, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, and possession of ammunition without FID.

How Can I Recognize a Heroin Overdose?

According to the National Library of Medicine, heroin is a dangerous illegal drug that is extremely addictive. The drug can cause intense side effects, and often, overdose. Unfortunately, more and more people are abusing heroin because they began misusing prescription opioids, which led to addiction and tolerance. When they could no longer experience the same effects of the drug they once did, they moved on to heroin, which has an increased danger of overdose.

Because of the high level of heroin abuse in our country today, it is important to be able to recognize a heroin overdose—and to know what to do.

  • The person who overdoses on heroin will often exhibit many of these symptoms. However, just because they don’t show all of them doesn’t mean it is not an overdose situation.
    • The person is not breathing, breathing shallowly, or having trouble breathing.
    • The person has a dry mouth and discolored tongue.
    • The person has very small pupils that look like the head of a pin.
    • The person has a weak pulse and low blood pressure.
    • The person has blue lips, fingernails, mouth, etc. from an inability to take in enough oxygen.
    • The person is delirious, disoriented, or confused.
    • The person has stomach and intestine spasms.
    • The person is extremely drowsy and fatigued, potentially even having trouble staying awake.
    • The person is unconscious and cannot be woken, potentially experiencing a coma.
  • If you notice any of these signs or symptoms in someone you love, or even just someone you see on the street, it is important to call 911 immediately and to get help for the individual.

More and more people are coming to recognize the dangers of heroin overdose and heroin abuse in general. With the help of treatment, you or someone you love can put an end to their heroin misuse and start to recover safely, often beginning with heroin detox and moving on to rehab.

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