Ask right people about heroin abuse

Ask right people about heroin abuse

There are 14 comments on the Evening Sun story from Apr 28, 2009, titled Ask right people about heroin abuse. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

I meant to write weeks ago with questions about your coverage of the South Western "heroin high" label.

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NancyB

Bristol, CT

#1 Apr 29, 2009
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JustAnotherVoice

Philadelphia, PA

#2 Apr 29, 2009
Good letter, hits all the points.

Since: Jul 08

McSherrystown

#3 Apr 29, 2009
I agree that the article a few weeks ago did not cover all sides of the story. It is very unlikely that the students involved in student council really know what ALL the students at the school do on their personal time. They probably only know what goes on in their own circle, which probably doesn't involve heroin use, but then again who really knows? The faces of heroin use can be surprising.
Lucky Mom

San Jose, CA

#4 Apr 29, 2009
I agree - the people to ask are the kids hanging out on Eisenhower Drive. THOSE are the people who know what percentage of their friends are using. THEY know where the drugs are coming from, who's selling, who's delivering, who's buying. And you might be surprised just how willing they are to talk, if it means one of their friends is saved from overdosing. My son is sick of this crap killing his generation, and would help if he were asked.
Mark Montgomery

Brooklyn, NY

#5 Apr 30, 2009
The bottom line is heroin should be legal. Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001 and their experience has been positive. Now if you are caught with a 10 day supply of your drug or less you face an administrative court, not a criminal court. We can do that here in the USA. A group of 10,000 very serious policemen, prosecutors, attorneys and citizens have formed a group to legalize ALL drugs, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition ( http://leap.cc ) They see what happened when we legalized alcohol in 1932 as a good example of how drug legalization would work. We can't stop drugs. They're sick of chasing drug users and sending innocent people to prison for decades just because they like to get high. This foolish war on drugs has lasted 37 years and cost us over a TRILLION dollars and we are not an inch closer to stopping drugs. How many millions of Americans are we going to lock up in prison for decades? Legalize ALL drugs now. Mark Montgomery [email protected]
marco

Ewa Beach, HI

#6 Apr 30, 2009
Mark Montgomery wrote:
The bottom line is heroin should be legal. Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001 and their experience has been positive. Now if you are caught with a 10 day supply of your drug or less you face an administrative court, not a criminal court. We can do that here in the USA. A group of 10,000 very serious policemen, prosecutors, attorneys and citizens have formed a group to legalize ALL drugs, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition ( http://leap.cc ) They see what happened when we legalized alcohol in 1932 as a good example of how drug legalization would work. We can't stop drugs. They're sick of chasing drug users and sending innocent people to prison for decades just because they like to get high. This foolish war on drugs has lasted 37 years and cost us over a TRILLION dollars and we are not an inch closer to stopping drugs. How many millions of Americans are we going to lock up in prison for decades? Legalize ALL drugs now. Mark Montgomery [email protected]
100% agree. not only decriminalize, but legalize fully. stop treating american adults like babies because a few people can't handle their liquor. also, this drug war is worse than vietnam; giving free money to terrorists and gang-bangers everywhere and corrupting the police of the world.
Off Track

Spring Run, PA

#7 Apr 30, 2009
All due respect, but just talk to families who have been hurt by those who couldn't handle their liquor and/or drugs.... the ones who have been harmed by the consequences of their loved ones' addictions or through the hands of someone who was so mind-altered that innocent lives were lost as they crossed his/her path. Legalize the stuff that's killing and addicting all these folks now??? I don't understand how legalizing it will undo addiction. We have enough trouble with folks being killed by drunk drivers; if you give the stamp of approval for heroin, you're giving the ok to others, kids, etc., that it's ok, "safe" to use. That's all we need. More folks who are controlled by the substance. Sorry; I don't buy into it.
Kate

Raeford, NC

#8 Apr 30, 2009
Hanover has such a high drug use is because there is nothing for kids to do except sit around and get drunk and high... the police run the kids off of eisenhower drive when all they are doing is talking with friends and driving there cars.. so instead of telling them they need to leave let them stay. they could be doing things much worse... screw the PA police departmemt they are the biggest pigs they are all on a ego power trip
marco

Ewa Beach, HI

#9 Apr 30, 2009
Off Track wrote:
All due respect, but just talk to families who have been hurt by those who couldn't handle their liquor and/or drugs.... the ones who have been harmed by the consequences of their loved ones' addictions or through the hands of someone who was so mind-altered that innocent lives were lost as they crossed his/her path. Legalize the stuff that's killing and addicting all these folks now??? I don't understand how legalizing it will undo addiction. We have enough trouble with folks being killed by drunk drivers; if you give the stamp of approval for heroin, you're giving the ok to others, kids, etc., that it's ok, "safe" to use. That's all we need. More folks who are controlled by the substance. Sorry; I don't buy into it.
most people will not become drug addicts. the logic is this: our drug war is gving money to violent people, it has been a huge failure, and it takes away our personal freedom. even if it's just "the lesser of two evils", full legalization is the better choice.
Wilkes

Shippensburg, PA

#10 Apr 30, 2009
marco wrote:
<quoted text>most people will not become drug addicts. the logic is this: our drug war is gving money to violent people, it has been a huge failure, and it takes away our personal freedom. even if it's just "the lesser of two evils", full legalization is the better choice.
You have got to be kidding. Legalizing all of it and most people don't become addicted. Wrong. Look at society as a whole. I don't know of many young people that use drugs that are successful in life after using harsher drugs -- more than marijuanna.
The support on society after excessive drug use is costly. You truly have no clue. Talk to families that have drug abusers in their family. It sounds like the letter to the editor is written by someone who knows.

As for the movement of teens on Eisenhower -- that is too busy of an area to have a great deal of loitering. Find another place to hang out with your friends if that is not sucessful. The police are doing their job. Find a civic organization that will take on your cause.
Whatever happened to going to school dances and school sports. Get involved. If you aren't involved go home and become a vegetable in front of your own TV. Get a life. Do you think Baltimore and York have better programs for teens. If they did the crime rate of teeenagers would be lower -- it is not.
If you and your parents don't like Hanover -- MOVE!!! Our job is not to be your social entertainment.
marco

Ewa Beach, HI

#11 Apr 30, 2009
COPS AGAINST OUR STUPID DRUG PROHIBITION:

WWW.LEAP.CC
CYA

Philadelphia, PA

#12 May 1, 2009
Kate wrote:
Hanover has such a high drug use is because there is nothing for kids to do except sit around and get drunk and high... the police run the kids off of eisenhower drive when all they are doing is talking with friends and driving there cars.. so instead of telling them they need to leave let them stay. they could be doing things much worse... screw the PA police departmemt they are the biggest pigs they are all on a ego power trip
Why should somebody else babysit your crummy kid? They don't need to hang out on parking lots of businesses to shoot up or heroin. I think that maybe you and your kids are the pigs. I am right.
Blue Line

Harrisburg, PA

#13 May 3, 2009
I appreciate the article that was written but they failed to show the side of the families that had someone overdose. Getting them the treatment is a great to help our youth. Here was the question asking how many kids currently are in treatment or rehab? Talking with these people will give a realistic view point. Interview the doctors in the area that treat some of the users of heroin. How many kids have quit school because of substance abuse? Another great question, many drops out and find low level jobs not making it in society. And there are those that want to legalize drug. Heroin is it great seeing kids struggling with attendance or their grades because of abuse? Yeah legalize a substance that is killing our families. As for the police that are called to the scene when its convenient for your emergency. They are the only protection after your own gun, alarm system whatever. The police in Penn, Hanover West Mannheim are great officers protecting our families and willing to sacrifice their lives.
Kate

Raeford, NC

#14 May 7, 2009
"Why should somebody else babysit your crummy kid? They don't need to hang out on parking lots of businesses to shoot up or heroin. I think that maybe you and your kids are the pigs. I am right."

i dont have kids i am one of them myself and also a graduate of south western high school. mostly every person that i graduated with eiter are married, having a baby or working on there 2nd, have been to rehab and are still addicted to some form of drug. and Why? because like i stated before there is nothing for kids to do in this sh*t hole of a place..so of course kids are gonna go out there and have sex and do drugs.. give us something else to do and maybe they wouldnt have a problem..

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