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Community must declare war on heroin to beat it

October 23, 2013

Anyone who doesn’t think the intensified presence of heroin and other drugs in our area doesn’t present a chilling threat to our population needs to reread what the Rev. Ronald S....

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andy33

Oct-23-13 3:00 AM

Well...I know for a fact Rev. James has been approaching 'city hall' for years....only to be DISMISSED..!!!!! This citys' elites have tried to hide and deny any 'drug' problem....UNTIL....a certain death....Suddenly EVERYONE jumps on the H.E.R.O.I.N. train....then this problem becomes center stage. Is anything real even happening NOW...or is it just lip-service...

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sideliner

Oct-23-13 5:23 AM

I'm not crazy about the terminology used here: "War on He r oin." If this "war" mimics at all the failed "War on Drugs" that we've been waging for decades, then we are in for big trouble with a huge price tag. Let's hope that the label used here is the only thing borrowed from those policies.

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MrShaman

Oct-23-13 5:43 AM

"I'm not crazy about the terminology used here: "War on He r oin." If this "war" mimics at all the failed "War on Drugs" that we've been waging for decades, then we are in for big trouble with a huge price tag." - sideliner

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Agreed!! Dick Nixon's "War On Drugs" was primarily ABOUT a "War On H", due to the (already-progressing) number of addicted 'Nam-vets that were returning (home). Throwing a "net" over all those White kids (who were "mixing" with minorities; smoking Pot), was merely "icing on the cake".

What I always find (most) amusing, is references to "drugs and alcohol". Alcohol is every-bit a drug as pharmaceuticals (until those pharmaceuticals are "magically" elevated to "drug"-status, when they're sold on-the-street).

One of THE best books (ever) introduced, since our "War On Drugs" was initiated, was "From Chocolate to Morphine: Everyth

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MrShaman

Oct-23-13 5:44 AM

...."From Chocolate to Morphine: Everything You Need to Know About Mind-Altering Drugs".

Parents...do yourself a HUGE favor; and read it!!

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CaveFelem

Oct-23-13 12:07 PM

In today's Sun Gazette police news, there is a post "Drug addict collapses". One person did drugs in the Weis grocery store, and collapsed in the store, while another person was found sitting in a pickup truck with the same drug.

We have a problem in this area. The question is how to address it. I mean, how to you stop someone from getting high in a grocery store bathroom? And how do you push treatment unless the addict wants it?

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hopeforfuture

Oct-23-13 2:18 PM

We have a problem in this area. The question is how to address it. I mean, how to you stop someone from getting high in a grocery store bathroom? And how do you push treatment unless the addict wants it?-CaveFelem

you are right you can offer help but if the person won't except. If it were just the drug addict it would be bad enough but so many others are left in their wake. Our laws are set up right now that you can't force anyone to get help, unless they cause other people injury.

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Millwe

Oct-23-13 9:19 PM

Yeah, we get it. There is a problem but when 2 well-respected Judges in the county offer some solutions, (day center for ex-offenders)the mayor wants it outside city limits!! Why? I suggest he sit in a courtroom for a few months to educate himself regarding addition. There are vacant schools, churches (Catholic) that would be perfect for such a place. I was even hoping to go further, as in other cities, and have a 30-day intensive program living on-site. What would the mayor say about this?? Again, education is the key. Google it, mayor, and visit some of these places to get some real numbers/statistics regarding recidivism after treatment. Allentown would be a good start as would Philadelphia. Either our administration wants to be part of the solution or part of the problem; unfortunately the latter seems to be the case thus far.

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MrShaman

Oct-24-13 8:24 AM

"There is a problem but when 2 well-respected Judges in the county offer some solutions, (day center for ex-offenders)the mayor wants it outside city limits!! Why? I suggest he sit in a courtroom for a few months to educate himself regarding addition. There are vacant schools, churches (Catholic) that would be perfect for such a place. I was even hoping to go further, as in other cities, and have a 30-day intensive program living on-site. What would the mayor say about this??" - Millwe

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GREAT idea!!! It would be quite the education, for the general-public (who keep insisting DRUGS are "the problem"), as well!!!!

The sooner the general-public understands that drug-abuse/addiction is (merely) a SYMPTOM of much-deeper emotional/cognitive issues, the sooner we'll be making a more-effective effort at dealing with addiction...and, educating "the children".

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