‘Obamacare’ heroin shipment captured in Massachusetts
State police Lt. Daniel Richard says it’s not unusual for heroin to be stamped with numbers, words or symbols to identify who’s selling it. But he says the “Obamacare” stamp is one h Nike Air Max e hadn’t heard of.
Heroin stamps are how dealers brand their product. In 2010, a Manhattan art gallery held an exhibit entitled “Heroin Stamp Project,” which displayed 150 stamps. While none in the collection were as overtly political as “Obamacare,” pop culture references are common.
The stamps that identify the heroin inside draw on a wide range of references. There are names like White Fang, Time Bomb and Monster Power, which is decorated with an image of the grim reaper with a scythe. There are allusions to religion (Deadly Sin and the Last Temptation), crime (Notorious and Outlaw) and publishing (Life, in white capitals against a red backgrou Nike Air Max nd, and Daily News, along with the old camera l Nike Air Max ogo of that tabloid). There is also a packet stamped with the words “Tango and Cash,” the name attached to a fentanyl laced brand of heroin that infamously caused 12 fatal overdoses in one weekend in 1991.
Several heroin brands seem to dwell on the delicate balance of mortality that accompanies their use. Those include the Last Shot, Game Over, No Exit and No Pain, which is illustrated with a coffin and a cross.
Some of the readers of the Ma Nike Air Max ssachusetts State Police Facebook page had their own take on why drug dealers would label it Obamacare. “Mark Nixon wrote: I guess “if you like your heroin, you CANNOT keep your heroin.” That was a reference to President Obama’s now infamous promise: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”