Suicide of an Addict

It all started with a painkiller.

J. Doe had suffered a knee injury and surgery didn’t seem to get rid of the pain. Doctors prescribed Oxycontin and countless other pain pills which did knock the pain but after awhile he was used to it and needed something stronger. At a party he was introduced to heroin which he instantly fell in love with.

Heroin wasn’t hard to come by and he got it for much less than what he had been paying for pills. He had a problem with drinking in his early twenties and  had been going to AA meetings.

The apartment had a few empty bottles of prescriptions for Subtex, also known as buprenorphine, a treatment for heroin addiction that is an alternative to methadone treatment.

Also known as Suboxone, buprenorphine works by blocking the “high” users feel when they do heroin or opioid based pain killers.

The indication was that he had attempted to overcome the Heroin addiction by using the Subtex which blocked the high of heroin which is supposed to help the addict stop.

Sadly, J. Doe must not have been able to stop the usage or just lost hope altogether, and ended up slitting his wrists in the bath tub. His family tried to understand but couldn’t make sense of what had happened.

Heroin addiction is growing at alarming rates and is readily available on the streets. The recent death of Philip Seymour Hoffman brought attention to the rising problem as people were stunned at the amounts of heroin bags found in his apartment.

Suicide is often a horrific and the scene should not be attempted to be cleaned by family members or anyone who hasn’t been trained. The emotional trauma of a suicide is devastating enough without adding to their emotional pain any further.

Imagine the painful unanswered questions this family has and will continue to have in the future.

As cleanup technicians for Advanced Bio Treatment we are trained to be empathetic and provide helpful assistance to the surviving family. As much as we try our words can’t erase the pain or bring back a young woman’s life which has been lost forever due primarily to drug addiction.

Advanced Bio Treatment is the blood cleanup company that protects you and your family by doing the job with well-trained courteous employees. Whether the incident has occurred at your home, rental property or place of business, or industrial facility, you can trust our certified scene cleanup teams to do a thorough job while abiding by OSHA regulations.

If you are a family friend or relative, we can work with you as an agent so the family is saved the hardship. Or if you will not be there to shield your loved ones, we will gladly handle that for you as much as possible by handling the paperwork by fax if you prefer.

If you need blood clean-up guidance, have questions about your payment options, which crime scene cleanup procedures your current insurance policy covers or require our blood cleanup services immediately, give Advanced Bio Treatment a call!

Thank You American Veterans!

Happy Veterans Day!

This time in November, we at Advanced Bio Treatment, along with the rest of our amazing country, dedicate our thoughts to the sacrifice and perseverance of our American veterans. The sacrifices that the men and women of our military make go deeper than most of us realize. Of course there is the ultimate sacrifice that we are all humbled by, but there are a multitude of comforts that these men and women do not enjoy. They must move at the command of their officer, sometimes across the country, sometimes across the world, with little to no notice. Families live apart for months or years when a mother or father is deployed. What about those who are single? They are sometimes required to leave behind companion pets, give up the comforts of their bed, home, neighborhood, and all of the little personal items that make our days easier. Holidays? Many of the women and men who serve our country will not celebrate Thanksgiving with their families later this month. They may feel fortunate to FaceTime their children on Christmas morning, or may say their first “I love you” of 2017 over the phone at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Home Sweet What?

Alberto, now a U.S. veteran, made all of these sacrifices. He can tell you amazing stories of deployment over the past 25 years; the places he’s been and the things he’s seen, both beautiful and tragic, would astound you. But Alberto made another type of sacrifice on his final deployment. He was deployed for just over 19 months to Afghanistan and arrived home last year to quite a surprise. Alberto was welcomed home by squatters living in his home. At first, Alberto was angry, but he was moved to sympathy by their stories of misfortune and illness and attempted to help the couple who were illegally using his home and referred them to an organization supported by his hometown church. He agreed to spend his first night home in a hotel with the arrangement that the couple would clean up and leave by morning. The couple declined help from Alberto’s church but they quickly vacated the home before Alberto arrived mid-morning. They left behind, however, more than cleaning for Alberto.

It was the smell that I didn’t understand at first. I thought maybe they had attempted to clean up with some harsh chemicals, but honestly the place was so trashed I knew no one had been scrubbing anything.

Advanced Bio Treatment on Call

Alberto had only spoken with the couple in the foyer the day before, but it only took walking into the kitchen of his vacated home the next morning to reveal all he needed to know to call Advanced Bio Treatment.

A big black garbage bag was taped covering the kitchen window facing my neighbor’s house and my sink was full of these bottles, like cough medicine or something.

Alberto called 911 and then 1-800-295-1684, our 24-hour emergency line.

I didn’t want to touch anything, because it was obvious something illegal was going on. I mean, other than stealing my house!

As if it weren’t enough that Alberto had served his country, put his life on the line for American freedom, and come home to start his new life of retirement to find squatters that he approached compassionately, Alberto put two drug manufactures behind bars. He discovered a wad of cash and a driver’s license in an upper cabinet that successfully lead police to the capture of the people who were illegally living and running a methamphetamine lab in his home.

Thank you Alberto, and thank you to all men and women who serve in our military forces. Happy Veteran’s Day!

Suicide in Baltimore *GRAPHIC CONTENT*

We received a call about a tragic suicide in Baltimore that needed our attention.

Maryland records 8.7 suicides per 100,000 people according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Nearly half of those deaths recorded are caused by a firearm. That’s exactly the type of circumstance we had on our hands. An older woman had shot herself in the head over the weekend on a rainy, gloomy day.

Her family was the ones who made the call to our office that Monday morning. She had shot herself on Friday and they discovered her the next day on Saturday. The family was explaining to us that she had suffered from Psychosis for years and had been living along for two years since her husband had passed away. She had been dealing with a lot of frustration and stress related to losing her husband and having to deal with the finances on her own now.

Advanced Bio Treatment is the crime scene company that covers the state of Maryland and no matter the situation or degree of suicide it is our duty to protect and disinfect the scenes promptly and professionally. Advanced Bio Treatment cares about not only your safety but everyone that is involved or will be in future purposes. Cleaning, disinfecting and disposing of biohazardous waste is our main concern no matter the circumstances it’s extremely important to call Advanced Bio Treatment.

We arrived on scene to find a bloody disaster in the victim’s master suite. She had taken a 12 gauge shotgun to the head with no regards to anyone else her actions might affect.  Suicide is unfortunate and so many people are negatively impacted, especially when the family is left with the horrible bourdon of not only finding their mother dead but the responsibility of having her death cleaned up.

There was a large amount of blood on the floor where her body was discovered and what appeared to be remains of her scalp. It was disgusting and you could still smell fresh blood and flesh. We had to carefully remove and dispose of her left remains first. Advanced Bio Treatment only follows strict guidelines when removing and disposing of biohazardous materials.

Next, we sanitized the area where the puddle of blood was accumulated. We sanitize and deodorize multiple times to ensure that there is no trace of blood or human bodily fluids left over in the home. Advanced Bio Treatment uses advanced equipment and professional trained individuals who care about the quality of work and the emotions of the family.

Call Advanced Bio Treatment today if you or someone you know needs a crime scene cleanup. We not only clean suicide and death cleans but we also specialize in hoarding scenes, infectious disease contamination and flood scenes. Call us today for a quote or if you can have questions regarding a crime scene cleanup.