Humboldt’s cavernous abyss of drugs

Paul Mann
Mad River Union

HUMBOLDT – Humboldt County’s drug scourge remains stubborn and unyielding, a mirror of the newest red flags hoisted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the nation’s foremost public health institute.

“Heroin is an epidemic in Humboldt County,” Undersheriff William Honsal said in an interview and subsequent emails. “Both prescription narcotics and heroin purchased on the street are having a devastating impact on our community.

“Black tar heroin [so named for its black-brown or muddy brown color] sells on the street for approximately.....

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