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Take the judge's lead and attack the heroin problem

August 18, 2013

"We're losing a generation." That was the blunt assessment of Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts last week. She was reacting to what she sees in her drug court....

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spike2

Aug-18-13 8:39 AM

Yes. Let's make this non-political and let's be honest. Let's also have the County Coroner, let's have someone from the hospital emergency rooms. Let's include the Public defender's Office and someone from the new methadone maintenance clinic. let's include family members of those who have died and those who are fighting the battle with addicted family members. Let's include ****** users who are recovered or are in treatment. What we don't need is a group of the "successful" people meaning those who have a financial or political interest. The focus should be to curb the flow, help those addicted including those not in the court system) and recognize the severe shortage of funds. This means the county and the city should work together as well as people from all the effected suburbs. It also means honesty not agendas.

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MrShaman

Aug-18-13 11:10 AM

"As long as the core issue of drugs is ignored, you can arm everybody, and you will not stop drug use and related crime. The solution is simple, yet next to nobody seems to talk about it. De-criminalize drug use, and put the state in charge of dispensing physician written prescriptions." - Francine

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People ALSO need to recognize...every time this Country (and, our military) is involved in another Country, where the drug-trade is such a significant-factor in their economy, we've seen the same. The present is NOT a unique-situation.

When we were involved in Central/South America, in the '80s, it was c o c a i n e. Now, it's o p i u m/h e r o i n. We saw the same (exact) thing, during 'Nam.

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USABorn

Aug-18-13 12:02 PM

Francine - 9:24 AM

"The solution is simple, yet next to nobody seems to talk about it. De-criminalize drug use, and put the state in charge of dispensing physician written prescriptions."

You've got to be kidding!!!!

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spike2

Aug-18-13 2:09 PM

USA Born - do you know anyone who has an addicted family member or has lost one? There are more solutions than jail and it is past time to start utilizing every tool and method available. Dealers should absolutely be in jail and users should be receiving help via any recognized treatment modality.

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Scott36

Aug-18-13 3:21 PM

Francine, Your opinion while maybe not considered the most "moral" or politically correct, IMO is the best. From what I understand there is a segment of the population addicted to prescription drugs. So is one addiction better than another? IMO, No, but at least a doctor is involved & can at least try to put some sort of control on the usage. Not to mention that I believe it may take away some "business" from some of the gangs.

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twinder

Aug-18-13 4:44 PM

I have to agree that the "war on drugs" is not working. Legalize all drugs and tax them as any other "sin" like alcohol and tobacco. Get it out of the dark alleys and have some sort of control. Maybe, just maybe, a lot of the drug related crimes, which are predominantly committed by those seeking their fix from nefarious people, will go away. If the illegal narcotics were treated more like alcohol, I honestly think that there would be far fewer crimes and less incarcerated people who are doing no harm to anyone but themselves. What we've been doing for 30+ years is obviously not working. Let's try something else.

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spike2

Aug-18-13 6:51 PM

Legalization would be a long complicated process. What can we do in the interim? Ideas?

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MoMRNRmR

Aug-18-13 7:12 PM

That means everyone crimefighting personnel, educators, residents, landlords, clergy, social service personnel, court system leaders has to contribute. We can do this. But it won't be easy. Everybody has to help on the “War on Drugs”! I am so sick of hearing all the opinions of others that aren’t in support on the “War on Drugs” It’s everybodies problem and if you don’t have a solution you shouldn’t be knocking others solutions. If you have a family member that is using drugs, you need to help them! It’s your job and responsibility. Stop turning your head, stop looking at others to help them before it’s to late; before they die from their drug use. Then it’s way to late. It’s everybodies problem, it truly is! Stop pointing fingers at others short comings and GET out there, Crime Watch Helps. Be a GOOD neighbor and Protect one another from what’s going on in your neighborhoods. Take Back Your Streets. Organize Neighbor Walks with Signs to let others KNOW that you mean business.

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MoMRNRmR

Aug-18-13 7:13 PM

Part two Judge N. Butts is correct. She’s one person. I read this Opinion section to see what’s going on, and I read a lot of opinions, I wish that some of these people that comment on this sight would get involved in their community and help. It does only take one motivated person with a vision to start a positive movement in this small town of Williamsport. A place I call home. Get out there in your streets and get involved in something positive. Help the people that need Help! It’s everybodies job! Don’t complain if you don’t have a solution. Its so easy to point the finger. Stop, take a look at the man in the mirror and Start making a change before our childrens generation becomes “A lost Generation!”

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spike2

Aug-18-13 10:20 PM

It means every average person who doesn't believe their contribution is meaningful. Everyone should be involved.Nice comments Monday Morning Rumor.

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MrShaman

Aug-19-13 5:12 AM

Francine -

"The solution is simple, yet next to nobody seems to talk about it. De-criminalize drug use, and put the state in charge of dispensing physician written prescriptions."

You've got to be kidding!!!!" - USABorn

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See:

Cops Say Legalize Drugs (L.E.A.P.) [YouTube]

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MrShaman

Aug-19-13 5:17 AM

"Legalization would be a long complicated process. What can we do in the interim? Ideas?" - spike2

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Insisting that "conservatives" come to grips with the fact...TOO-many o' their "absolutes" are based on fantasy/lies.

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See:

True History of Marijuana Full Movie - YouTube

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MrShaman

Aug-19-13 5:20 AM

"We can do this. But it won't be easy. Everybody has to help on the “War on Drugs”!" - MoMRNRmR

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Referencing the "War On Alcohol" would be a good start.

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LaughIn

Aug-19-13 11:59 AM

MrSham are you saying that the opium/h e r o I n exchange is occurring in the Middle East where are troops are currently stationed (and have been for the past 10+ years, hense the spike in demand and usage) via the military as a whole or individual soldiers? And your precautionary recommendation is to legalize it (pot, coke, etc. Alcohol already was) so the government can justify/rationalize their involvement (lack of monitoring of our overseas troops) in delivery and make money from addicts they helped create? I am following your train of thought

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MrShaman

Aug-20-13 5:56 AM

"MrSham are you saying that the opium/h e r o I n exchange is occurring in the Middle East where are troops are currently stationed (and have been for the past 10+ years, hense the spike in demand and usage) via the military as a whole or individual soldiers? And your precautionary recommendation is to legalize it (pot, coke, etc. Alcohol already was) so the government can justify/rationalize their involvement (lack of monitoring of our overseas troops) in delivery and make money from addicts they helped create? I am following your train of thought" - LaughIn

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I don't understand either of your questions?

Do I think our troops' demand, for drugs, is responsible for the spike? Absolutely NOT!

Do I think our government is looking to ENABLE (any) troops, who might have developed a "habit"? ANOTHER Negative!

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Garben78

Aug-20-13 8:08 AM

Wherever a demand be it a supply

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Luey22

Aug-21-13 1:38 AM

SHaM,,,,GO BACK to your clerical day job.....u big A hole...hahahaha......u*****as editor..."wherever a demand a supply",,,,who better to know

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