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Attacking heroin

August 25, 2013

It is no secret that Williamsport is involved with a very serious problem of Heroin......

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Capricorn1

Aug-25-13 6:14 PM

John, I agree. Or how about taking the navy decommissioned ships and making them floating prisons. That would get the ACLU's panties in a knot.

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JohnZook

Aug-25-13 5:57 PM

The prisons are full of dealers and now Holder wants to start to decriminalize pot to make more room. A well thought out liberal decision to be sure. Lets use those FEMA camps and make them hard labor camps for dealers who deal death. Supplying an addict who overdoses should be a form of manslaughter at least.

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Capricorn1

Aug-25-13 5:57 PM

My comments was not about neighborhood watch programs it was about the writer's generalized statement which has no sound argument to it. -Reeder

Actually it had very sound argument. Neighborhood watches do work with police behind the scenes in being the extra eyes and ears in the neighborhood. But of course you wouldn't know that. And the statement regarding drugs is correct. Drugs and or alcohol are the major contributor for 80% of the crime committed. As to your troll remark, grow up.

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CMReeder

Aug-25-13 4:45 PM

You have the right to make any comments about me troll.

My comments was not about neighborhood watch programs it was about the writer's generalized statement which has no sound argument to it.

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Capricorn1

Aug-25-13 3:28 PM

That is not behind the scene. Not all shootings are drug related and not all crime is drug related. Not every stranger on your street is involved in drugs. -Reeder

Chuck you have made it known by many of your past comments that you do not support neighborhood watch programs. It is your right to sit back and let others make an effort to make a difference. And you even have the freedom to comment about things you know nothing about. So relax Chuck, sit back and let the police and your neighbors watch over you.

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spike2

Aug-25-13 12:17 PM

Capricorn - I agree if offering treatment was included. That is a reasonable choice. I think the two-parent household would be a much harder sale. We are from a different generation.

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LaughIn

Aug-25-13 10:45 AM

Interesting letter Spike

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Capricorn1

Aug-25-13 10:41 AM

Spike, I fully support drug testing for anyone receiving government assistance. It's not just about the money being spent on drugs. It's also about identifying these people and offering them treatment so that they can be productive members of society. Government assistance was originally designed to be a safety net for those that have fallen on hard times to assist them until they got back on their feet. How is a user suppose to get employment and get off the assistance if they can't pass a drug test?

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andy33

Aug-25-13 10:24 AM

Spike..try reading my comment.....then comprehend!

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spike2

Aug-25-13 9:30 AM

Erik - do you know the cost of her oin. A conservative user is spending between $40 and $80 dollars per day. Welfare isn't subsidizing an addiction. yes, her oin is cheap but you would be hard-pressed to find a user on;y spending $20.00 per day. Your approach is somewhat similar to the Chinese approach, use Google Scholar and find the similarity. There approach is utilized in the justice system.Andy - your statement is ridiculous. Dealers are very mobile and the majority do not use their home as an operation base. An easy assumption is that major players are stupid. Most are not. As to "Task Force", no landlord should be in this group. They could come to a meeting and contribute an opinion but are not qualified to be a sitting member.

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underwood

Aug-25-13 9:28 AM

The drug dealing and related violence will only go away if the market for illegal drugs goes away. Zero tolerance for use and treatment for those addicted would be more effective than trying to control the supply side.

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CMReeder

Aug-25-13 8:58 AM

"All citizens need to be involved behind the scenes and if we all do our part we can finally clean our community up. Make it tough in Williamsport for drug dealers and hopefully that will take care of people getting shot and eliminate people from taking the drugs."

That is not behind the scene. Not all shootings are drug related and not all crime is drug related. Not every stranger on your street is involved in drugs.

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andy33

Aug-25-13 8:58 AM

****** is everywhere in this town...how many have died in recent history due to an overdose....those 'in power' know the real deal...yet NOTHING happens....WHY....this is the question...there is an answer, hiding in plain sight!

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CMReeder

Aug-25-13 8:53 AM

"The idea of trying to help rehabilitate people on drugs is a great idea and we all feel the same way. My question is will they stay off drugs or go back on them again?"

Good question but there is no easy answer does that me we don't do treatment?

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CMReeder

Aug-25-13 8:51 AM

"Williamsport needs to go after the drug dealers coming into town in order to stop the drug traffic."

You do know that there are residents who are drug dealers.

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eriklatranyi

Aug-25-13 7:24 AM

Anyone receiving gov't assistance should be drug-screened.

First offense, is treatment.

Second offense is a reduction in assistance and treatment.

Third offense if a lifetime ban on assistance.

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Tedeaux

Aug-25-13 5:10 AM

Its pretty sad when everybody in town knows where to go to buy illegal drugs and yet the police can't quite get a handle on shutting it down! Especially in a town the size of Williamsport! Seems to me that Penn College has a dog in this fight because a lot of the shootings are happening mere feet away from their campus. Maybe teaming up with the campus cops to keep the drug dealing a little further from campus might protect kids going to school there a little better. How about drug testing? I have to submit to drug screens as part of the agreement I have with my employer to be able to collect my paycheck. The downside is, I feel like they don't trust me. The upside is, I'm fairly confident that the people I work with are not users. What if it were a requirement to drug screen everyone?

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