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Despite hurdles, there's reason for optimism

Posted: January 5, 2013 - 2:20pm  |  Updated: January 5, 2013 - 8:23pm

In a recent article, law enforcement officials and addiction counselors told the Clarion that heroin has become the area’s largest problem drug. Heroin addiction has spread rapidly and crime because of, or as a result of the drug is up in the area.

That’s discouraging to read, especially considering heroin was not on our radar last year when synthetic designer drugs — those with names like “bath salts” and “plant food” that act like methamphetamine and cocaine — and prescription drug abuse were making headlines.

However a comment posted on our website made us think. The commenter reasoned that what was once a great community to live and raise a family in has now become the last place anyone would want to live because of local drug problems.

A stinging point, but we’d offer another perspective. Law enforcement has been working hard to snuff out the area’s drug problem and while progress is hard to see, it is happening.

Recently, a Las Vegas man who ran a drug ring that supplied the Peninsula with prescription drugs for abuse, namely Oxycodone, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The rise of heroin use, law enforcement contends, is caused in part by the declining availability of other prescription opiates that have been the target of police crack downs like the newest busted drug ring.

So while you could find a reason to be discouraged about the community and its seemingly never ending drug use, perhaps there’s reason to be encouraged that law enforcement is making a difference on some fronts.

Sure, it may feel like snuffing out a small kitchen blaze when the roof is on fire, but we think there’s room for hope.

Where there is a demand, a supply will find a way in. As always education and communication are the best preventative steps and swift and strict punishment for criminals is a remedy. But the community simply can’t lose hope that progress is being made.

So we must keep educating youth about the dangers of drug addiction, help those who have fallen prey to drugs and encourage law enforcement to renew their efforts to stop the drugs from entering the community in the first place.

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Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 01/05/13 - 09:06 pm
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No Fear of Punishment

Making these drugs illegal or the sale of such illegal did no good due to the slow judgments against those that sale or promote the stuff and the problem gets worse even though it's illegal. This is a good example of their desire to make guns illegal. The bad people don't care if it's legal or illegal and will continue on as nothing changed, other than good people will be once again disarmed against evil and it's spread in all areas of life.
But like everything else in life when the pressure gets so gr8 then laws are passed making bad stuff legal to reduce friction and troubles every where and our socity goes down another notch giving evil free reign with no fear of consiquences for their evil deeds. That is other than weapons that good citizens own, they must be removed at all costs because evil people kill innocent people and we just can't have that.
Only when the Good have had their fill with evil standing to fight it's spread, rather than taking flight to escape evil will we have a Better society or community again, than the Good one we now have.
Keep plugging away though until just maybe the Good will say like Jennifer Lopez did in the movie, ENOUGH. I love that movie and wish it was more of reality in the fight against evils spread every where.

Akrebel907
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Akrebel907 01/06/13 - 12:03 pm
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Kpd can afford to buy new

Kpd can afford to buy new vehicles with custom paint jobs and spend most of their time harrasing people for window tint or not wearig a seatbelt. The fact that there is a serious drug problem here is not a new concept and yet you dont hear about or see anything being done about it. Its nice to know the few of us left not on drugs that work and pay taxes are just paying for kpd to roll around in new rides and not make our community a better place to live.

Akrebel907
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Akrebel907 01/06/13 - 12:03 pm
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Kpd can afford to buy new

Kpd can afford to buy new vehicles with custom paint jobs and spend most of their time harrasing people for window tint or not wearig a seatbelt. The fact that there is a serious drug problem here is not a new concept and yet you dont hear about or see anything being done about it. Its nice to know the few of us left not on drugs that work and pay taxes are just paying for kpd to roll around in new rides and not make our community a better place to live.

BigRedDog
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BigRedDog 01/07/13 - 09:13 am
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Good equip. good results

Giving Cops crap about modern vehicles is like hassling a lineman on an outage. When they are coming to your house and the lights are out you want that great big truck! I don't want the BAD guys to have a frickin chance. If equipment will put them out of the game screw them. And a DUI costing $25K means they can afford some pretty nice rides. There might even be enough revinue stream from DUI's to reflect favorably on the City budget. I wonder just where all that money goes? I mean they are city COPs shouldn't we get some of that cash into the City Budget?

northernlights
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northernlights 01/07/13 - 08:25 pm
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Supply and demand

Drugs at first make you feel good and happy about life, if they didnt make you feel so wonderful then they wouldnt be addicting. so many people are lost on the inside, miserable with no hope and see no future. Most kids are willing to try anything, drugs are a trap, a snare, they look harmless at first until you take the bait. Look at all the murders taking place in mexico because the USA has the demand for it. I can only teach one person at a time, I start with my family, I watch half of them go down and I am grateful to be there when they are ready to live. I am grateful for our police force, but they are not the answer. Education in early stages of school. Why are they addicting what do they do to the mind, how they give you a false sense of security and happiness, but you pay for. abuse such as sexual abuse needs to be taught at an early stage. Preditors are not going to teach thier children, some one needs to. A person cannot go beyond or rise above from what they have been taught. The more you know the more you can equip yourself. neighbors are not going to go to someones home and teach this, friends wont, so who will teach little kids what to be aware of and what to do. Sorry it does sorta land on a teachers plate, because like I said, most adults who are indulging or addicted to drugs and the sleazy sex molestors are not going to teach them. Plus the PFD attracts all kinds of critters, excuse me, people. People have flooded Alaska, no jobs no money in hand, no homes, but just enought to live off of so they can collect money. Good and bad things about the PFD. The person who said they dont feel safe living here anymore is afraid to live anywhere. this is still the best town to live in and I personaly pray it doesnt grow, small towns have many advantages. So, no clear cut answers to drugs, but we can do our best with family and friends, and hopefuly one day the education will grown in schools.

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