Drug use: Tainted heroin is suspected in death

Jul 8, 2006 Read more: Wilkes Barre, PA Times Leader 7
'I've been here 12 years and I've never dealt with this many overdoses in one week.' Sgt. Read more
Joe Black

Philadelphia, PA

#1 Jul 8, 2006
WB is getting the reputation as a heroin meca, like all the big cities i.e. NYC & Phila! Guess we need more rehab to treat all the local junkies! What an awful shame. Local politicos don't seem to care! It does not occur in their neighborhoods. They fail to realize these drug thugs will be hitting their neighbiorhoods in time, to pay for their habit! Something to think about-local lame politicos!!!
Debbie Gee

Pottsville, PA

#2 Jul 10, 2006
I was born and raised in the Rolling Mill Hill section of Wilkes-Barre 50 years ago. During my teen years, the scene was flower power, peace loving hippies who smoked pot or experimented with LSD at their worst. Fortunately, heroin and cocaine was unheard of in those days. There was no need for neighborhood crime watch patrols nor was taxpayer's money spent on D.A.R.E. (whatever good this program does). I've live in the back mountain area for the past 31 years and take an occassional drive thru my old neighborhood in WB. It saddens me each time to see how it has gone downhill. Obviously, the war on drugs is failing in WB.
WJB

Orwigsburg, PA

#3 Jul 11, 2006
The Plymouth Police would rather put the small time drug addicts in jail rather than get help for them with their addictions. The police do not want to deal with the drug dealers that have guns, knives and dealers that are twice the size of them. They are actually afraid of the big time dealers that exist in Wilkes-Barre and Plymouth. If the police continue to ignore the big, bad dealers, there will be a hugh influx of drugs being brought into their territory and I believe that it is happening this very second. Ignoring the problem is not the answer, the answer is "DO YOUR JOB" or quit their day jobs and get a McJob (much less dangerous).
Hollocone

Milton, PA

#4 Jul 15, 2006
I am sitting on my front porch in Wilkes-Barre right now, watching all the heroin dealing going on out front, 2 doors down. The cars pull up, the dealers walk over to the car and make the trade, and sometimes you see them shooting up right away. I clean up empty heroin packets and sometimes syringes from my curb every week. The cops just don't care. When we call them, no one comes. There is no one to tell... so I'm telling the forum. It saddens and sickens me.
a concerned mother

Randolph, MA

#5 Jun 30, 2011
the bridgewaters are overwhelmed with drugs and not enogh detectives to do the job correctly...some of these kids were great kids from very concerned families that put their children into rehab. the only problem is the rehabs are not long enough for these heavy addictions nowadays...i payed 1500 dollar co-payment for a 5 day treatment at gosnold down the cape 2 years ago...that was with blue cross blue shield....i then recently had him sectioned by courts for 30 day they put him in jail he just mewt more connections...i put him back into another rehab luckily it was 150 doll co-pay but this was for 5 days to....his addiction started from 3 left knee surgeries in high school and 2 right knee surgeries...he was an amazing athelete with great potential and his whole world went down.....he did graduate and has done a year of college...he just can't stop playing tag with the devil....the judges need to start putting these kids into mandatory soberliving houses for minimally a year I wish that is what they would do...stop the slap on the wrist and give them a chance...my son goes to work every day he is one of the lucky ones , but at leat if he was in sober living i would kinow where his money is not going!!!Have a heart with some of these kids...The system just doesn't help enough and not all are bad kids!!! A BROKEN HEARTED MOTHER

“A Dog's Life is Good”

Since: Feb 11

Mon Valley, Pa.

#6 Jul 1, 2011
Debbie Gee wrote:
I was born and raised in the Rolling Mill Hill section of Wilkes-Barre 50 years ago. During my teen years, the scene was flower power, peace loving hippies who smoked pot or experimented with LSD at their worst. Fortunately, heroin and cocaine was unheard of in those days. There was no need for neighborhood crime watch patrols nor was taxpayer's money spent on D.A.R.E.(whatever good this program does). I've live in the back mountain area for the past 31 years and take an occassional drive thru my old neighborhood in WB. It saddens me each time to see how it has gone downhill. Obviously, the war on drugs is failing in WB.
Can't argue with that. I can remember a great Friday night was bumping into "Dead Man" and scoreing some decent weed for the evening. Times are a changing.
slinkee

Kingston, PA

#7 Jul 4, 2011
They make a lot of meth down in the Sugarloaf area. The local cops tipped off the one meth producer, before a DEA raid on New Year's Eve 2008. Needless to say he hid his drugs, before the DEA came.

He laundered his money through his steer farm, friends and family. So he got away with it.

The Feds shouldn't trust any of the Sugarloaf Township Police. They are badged bums.

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