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A DOSE OF REALITY

Recovering addict gives testimonial

October 15, 2013

H, smack, junk, flippin’, nodding, slamming, slinging — all terms the Drug Enforcement Administration agents, police and state police know all too well....

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andy33

Oct-15-13 6:35 AM

I have met Mr. James and he IS the real deal. He has so much to offer this area....school administrators need to have him speak at each and every school in Lycoming County.

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spike2

Oct-15-13 7:18 AM

Agree . I also know Mr. James. He is someone who understands and a good speaker. I disagree only regarding the methadone clinic. We need this component also. The "conventional " treatment agencies use suboxone, another synthetic .

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eriklatranyi

Oct-15-13 8:04 AM

Spike:

I think he was referring to the clinics' patients as targets for drug dealers who know they are vulnerable.

Unless I am not understanding you.

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eriklatranyi

Oct-15-13 8:04 AM

"The Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. and Sheriff Mark Lusk said there have been more overdose deaths than vehicular homicides this year," Reeder said.

That should be the most important point to take away from this article.

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chinastarry

Oct-15-13 8:57 AM

While education and knowledge is part of the key to dissuading youth down the road of addiction, I think more importantly, prevention by action is necessary. As a young person who lived the same kind of life as the Reverend and now have over 10 years clean and sober (am 33 now), looking back over my life I see the near absence of positive life and happiness building experiences. Our kids are looking for things to do, people to be with and needing to feel wanted and loved without reservation or condemnation. I fell into the wrong crowd because I was looking for some acceptance and where peer pressure is mounting, turning to people who felt just like me was a relief. And that's what ****** does: provide relief. Some kids need more reinforcement and attention than others and it's not their fault. I have been up to a couple schools in the area to share about my life as a recovering addict so it's not that the schools haven't had people up to share on such matters. It's time we get INVOLVE

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deefrazier

Oct-15-13 9:36 AM

Noone is willing to step forward and do anything about the problem. They want to put the stress on law enforcement to stop it. People have to stand up and kick the dealers out of town. They are not hiding.

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CaveFelem

Oct-15-13 10:11 AM

This took me by surprise "Those who sniff or snort ******, which is sold at $8 a bag locally, eventually need to feed a $200 to $300 per day habit."

That's a lot of stealing. Just think about how that compares to a normal paycheck around here. Yikes.

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eriklatranyi

Oct-15-13 4:35 PM

CaveFelem:

That is why if we tackle the drug problem, other crimes drop dramatically.

70%-plus of all those vehicle break-ins, thefts, robberies, etc. would go away if there was no drug problem.

I think this was the initial realization that created the failed "war on drugs".

A new approach is needed.

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Millwe

Oct-15-13 10:09 PM

I do appreciate the information Mr. James shared, however, I do think a methadone clinic is helpful to addicts. I agree there should be "time serviced" but not necessarily for the addict with a bag but for the dealers who sell. I think it is obvious that incarceration doesn't rehabilitate addicts. If that were the case our jails would not be full. We do need to come together, as a community, and make educated decisions, without bias, regarding treatment facilities, counseling services, job placement, etc. However, as always, law enforcement is the best tool to get drug dealers off the streets. Where is our drug task force hiding?

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MrShaman

Oct-16-13 6:12 AM

CaveFelem:

That is why if we tackle the drug problem, other crimes drop dramatically.

70%-plus of all those vehicle break-ins, thefts, robberies, etc. would go away if there was no drug problem.

I think this was the initial realization that created the failed "war on drugs"." - eriklatranyi

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I'll give you credit for "thinking" (whatever numbers YOU'VE decided) "created the failed 'war on drugs'", but...you've always sounded too-young (to actually know), anyhow.

The "failed war on drugs" was created by Dick Nixon...when he KNEW we had a SERIOUS number of addicted 'Nam-vets that were coming home; "beneficiaries" of the Golden Triangle operation$.

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See:

A Brief History of How War Gets Us Hooked on Drugs

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MrShaman

Oct-16-13 6:17 AM

"Where is our drug task force hiding?" - Millwe

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From what I've been reading (here), too-many (of them) are "hiding in the bushes"...wasting their time, busting Penn Tech kids for smoking/possessing Pot.

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MrShaman

Oct-16-13 6:32 AM

chinastarry,

I'd like to think your input will make a difference, here, regarding home-grown addicts...but, then I (also) realize you're addressing too-many (here), who enjoy picking-fights where they have the LEAST knowledge/experience.

In this day-and-age, when it's become so "hip" to bully people who don't act/think like the majority, I'm surprised we're not seeing MORE addicts...and, yes, I'm talking about school-kids.

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Millwe

Oct-17-13 11:57 AM

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Millwe

Oct-17-13 12:16 PM

Its not my job to "kick the dealers" out of town. That is why we have a police department. As concerned citizens, it is evident, by recent community task forces etc. that we are taking a different approach and working together, expecting better results than what we've experienced in the past. What I meant by "hiding" is more police presence in our neighborhoods on a daily basis!!!

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