Nov 20, 2012 Update: Local law enforcement has just arrested 20 residents on drug charges.
At a recent event with the Mayor, I raised the issue of drug & alcohol abuse in our community. My point was a little off-topic for the meeting, but it’s something that needs more discussion.
If you talk to anyone in local law enforcement, they will tell you about our drug problem. Almost all of the inmates at our county jail have some connection to substance abuse.
If you talk to the local child protective service, they will tell you about our drug problem. Almost all of the families who require these services also struggle with drug or alcohol issues.
If you talk to our local educators, they will tell you about our drug problem. Almost all of the students who are “dropping out” have some connection to “getting high.”
If you read our local newspaper (which you really should), you will see we have it all. From Meth, DUI, prescription pills, and the latest synthetics.
Of course, there are no easy answers. This was not a problem that begin in one generation and it will take several decades to reverse the trends. At the same time, our community can’t keep quite.
We need more enforcement, more prevention, more education, more rehabilitation, and more public compassion. All of that starts with awareness.
Are we worse than other towns our size? Maybe not, but it seems bad when they bust a meth lab only a few blocks away.
Comments are open below. I would love to hear your feedback on this issue.