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Drug dealers not entirely to blame

May 24, 2014
Williamsport Sun-Gazette

As a former Baltimore City police officer, I am keenly aware of the dangers and effects of heroin use, including addiction, users' deteriorated physical condition, deviant, violent, and criminal behavior, destroyed families, etc. The battleground in the unwinnable "War on Drugs" is fraught with danger, misallocation of resources, and legal abuses. While we strive to break the links between users and dealers, it is myopic to suggest that drug dealers are the source of the problem; if only it the "fix" was that easy. To blame the "Philly" dealers which seems to be a recurring theme among those struggling to solve the county's drug woes demonstrates tunnel vision and intellectual laziness. Rather, dealers are simply an easy target and one part of the demand-and-supply equation.



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