Cheese heroin believed responsible in high school student's death



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Posted on May 18, 2012 at 7:45 PM

DALLAS - A black ribbon is tied around the tree at the home of Jaime Morales.

The 14 year old is suspected to have died from an overdose of cheese heroin on April 25. He went to Thomas Jefferson High School.
"Whether it's drugs or another kind of death, it's one too many," said Principal Michael Conger.

Dallas police say they are investigating Morales' death and also the death of another student, a 17-year-old on March 31.

In both cases, police are waiting on the toxicology reports and the cause of death has not been determined.

The principal said unfortunately cheese is a problem, not just at his school, but among teens. The drug, which is named after it's appearance - similar to Parmesan cheese, is attractive to them.

Conger said he thinks the drug is popular because it's cheap and easy to get, and it's highly addictive.

Cheese made headlines several years ago when more than two dozen teens died from the drug and many others overdosed.

News 8 interviewed 15-year-old Juan Ramirez in 2007. He nearly died from taking the drug.

"I don't remember much, but remember seeing the paramedics and ambulance," he said of his experience taking cheese.

He warned others to not even try the drug, saying it ruined lives.

Dallas police said they'll continue to investigate try to determine who is selling the drugs.