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Wrong on drugs

December 1, 2013

After reading the article "Judges: Heroin has our attention." I, once again, am amazed at the mayor's lack of understanding....

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Dec-02-13 8:52 AM

I agree with the education, although I believe the age group would be 12-17. You will be a risk taker or will not be by mid-teens.

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Dec-02-13 5:26 AM

Luey22, that's exactly what I was referring to when I mentioned that they need to start thinking outside the box when it comes to educating our youth on the dangers of drugs. It's obvious what we have been doing isn't working. I also believe parents need to take a more active role and dismiss the attitude that their children would never take drugs. They need to educate themselves on the signs of drug use. Drug testing kits are readily available and inexpensive and should be used by parents as an early intervention tool once they begin to see signs that their kids may be involved.

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Dec-02-13 12:36 AM

@underwood-I am not so a proponent to the war on drugs as I am to the education of young people. Visual learning can aid in 13-21 year old young adults. Backing the D.A.R.E. program after the Elementary years, could be life-long learning education in "Drugs the Reality". Let the County Coroner come into the local schools and show what drugs can really do to humans. Yes, it might be eye opening, but I am sure everlasting in the mind. The truism about drugs, is that one will lie, steal, and die for them. Why sugar coat this problem? As long as there is a demand....there will always be a means to get what you need.

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Dec-01-13 9:52 PM


Got to disagree with you. God's word is truth. In Christianity, faith is also also involved but that doesn't mean it is untrue.

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Dec-01-13 8:41 PM

Shulski is absolutely correct. Once again, folks disagree with fact.

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Dec-01-13 3:57 PM

Job training is great. But what about those who are not drug addicts? They need good jobs also. Sometimes it seems that in order to get help with getting a good job you have to get in trouble with the law.

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Dec-01-13 3:01 PM

Shulski, where are they with implementing a day reporting center for non violent offenders in order to help them with job training, placement and treatment? They just got done auctioning off three schools and I would have thought that one of those would have been perfect for an initiative like this.

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Dec-01-13 2:46 PM

I'm on the drug policy task force and we are working on wider community outreach and education in general. Locking people up is costing taxpayers beaucoup bucks. It costs this county $30,000 plus a month just to send ppl to other prisons because lyco co prison is full.

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Dec-01-13 2:44 PM

Eriklatranyi where the heck did you come up with that name? It makes me want to make sheemale (mispeled on purpose) jokes even when I agree with what you say.

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Dec-01-13 11:12 AM

Can anyone that supports the war on drugs offer a good reason they do so?

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Dec-01-13 10:59 AM

Texas, apples and oranges. You are comparing a known fact to religious ideology. Don't you find that assuming your religion is the only religion for everyone in the world rather egotistical? Most folks who post are not looking for religious indoctrination to a faith other than their own.

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Dec-01-13 9:30 AM

"The way to beat drugs is through education and the serving up of reality to these people who are starting or in the middle of a drug abuse cycle. What will work is to let people, kids and adults, know what a life of drug addiction winds up being like. Do this and they won't use especially if they are told the horrible stories that people have regarding this issue."--Scott Brink


Many on this forum have tried to educate the agnostics, atheists, Deists, Muslims, Hindus, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, etc that Jesus Christ is the Way, Truth, and Life and the only way to heaven but they haven't embraced the teaching. Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the price for the sins of all that will trust in him. Education doesn't always work.

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Dec-01-13 6:55 AM

You cannot stop prosecution.

Dealers still should be pursued and prosecuted.

Users should be held accountable for their actions. DUI laws rarely apply to drug influences as field checks are not as good.

But holding people accountable for their drug use is part of the educate society it is not acceptable to use drugs then get behind the wheel or go to work.

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Dec-01-13 6:54 AM

Not convinced that legalizing mj would have any effect other than to take the burden off the local prison and resources. Mj is not a gateway to hero/in so that's not a rationale. Hero/in and its related substances cannot be legislated away or educated away. As long as people want to escape reality,you'll have drug and alcohol abuse. Seems like a deeper social/mental health issue....IMHO

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Dec-01-13 6:03 AM

Oh, I failed to mention that the legalization of marijuana would free up millions of dollars in law enforcement resources, lessen the load of our criminal justice system and free up space in our overcrowded jails. Not to mention it would bring in millions in tax revenues.

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Dec-01-13 5:54 AM

Scott, while I agree with what you are saying regarding sentencing people to sobriety has never worked and will never work, I have to disagree with thinking that the answer is strictly education. Just as the war on drugs has been a failure, so has DARE, "Just say no" and other attempts at getting people educated as to the dangers of these drugs. The "war" has to be attacked from several fronts with equal emphasis and resources placed on each. First they need to decriminalize marijuana. Then they need to address not only the supply lines, but the demand through extensive mental and physical rehabilitation, starting with those that are already in the criminal justice system. Yes, education is also important, but they need to think outside the box for a way to make young people see the dangers of drugs and the life it leads to.

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