PO LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Human toll o...

PO LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Human toll of drug tragedies

There are 20 comments on the Public Opinion story from May 2, 2011, titled PO LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Human toll of drug tragedies. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

I am writing this letter in response to Tony Bowman's editorial. I agree with everything he said.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Public Opinion.

I am just saying

Harrisburg, PA

#1 May 3, 2011
My heart goes out to you . . . our police and justice system are certainly not perfect, and you did all you could, I am sure to help your son. He made some bad choices in life and has paid the highest price for them. Like most drug users, he did not consider the price you, his son, and the rest of his family would pay for his addiction. Very sad.
really

Fayetteville, PA

#2 May 3, 2011
I know your heart is broken, and I am sorry for your loss because there is no greater pain than losing a child.

I'm sure you tried to help him, but ultimately, he's the only one who could have saved himself.
Local MD

Chambersburg, PA

#3 May 3, 2011
Addictions of all types are complex problems and hard to treat. If someone in your family has a problem, consult an expert about what to do. Can be a physician, support group such as AA, church people of many types, government agencies, etc. The point is seek help from someone, or a collection of people. You will need information and guidance. The bottom line is, as "really" says, the only person who can solve the problem is the person with the addiction. But, those around can collect information about how to help. Look over information on the internet at quality sources and make contacts. Do not confront the person with a problem until you have a solid game plan.

Having a solid family structure where the adults are responsible and set high standards is important. Kids watch what you do and not what you say. So, if you do not set good standards, you increase the likelihood for trouble. But, even those who do everything correctly can still end up with kids with problems. If you spot a problem with a kid, get help fast. The sooner you interrupt the process the more likely you will be successful.
Hayseed

Geigertown, PA

#6 May 3, 2011
Personal responsibilty is at the core of the LTE. The drug task force cannot be the direct blame for anyone's death from a herion overdose. They make numorous arrest of dealers. But they obviously need solid evidence to convict or they are just wasting their time with an arrest. Addicts will find the drugs of choice, whether it's prescription (like Rush Limbaugh) or street grade meth or herion. Arrest a dozen area dealers and they are replaced before their cell door closes. Drug entrepreneurs will always be around as long as there is a demand.
I understand this is an emotional letter, but the responsibility ultimatedly lies with the addict. Throwing cops under the bus doesn't solve any problems.
Hayseed

Geigertown, PA

#7 May 3, 2011
trs wrote:
herion is a very dangerous drug and the people that are using know this, obviously this person didn't care about himself or his family to go back to this after being clean for a year. Blaming stress for his actions is just an excuse. I may sound harsh but I have no pity on anybody that uses herion.
Your comments are pretty harsh and probably should be stricken. Most addicts need intervention of some type to get clean. Self-medicating with herion is no different than what even more folks do with alcohol. However, addicts will tell you that herion has an addictive nature that's stronger than any other. The damage done to family , friends and one's self are about the same. Alcoholics tend to kill other people while they're under the influence, while drug users accidently lose their lives with every fix.
sad world

Landisburg, PA

#8 May 3, 2011
You should not judge a person or family until you walk in their shoes. I'm sure you were supportive of your son and helped him as much as you could. Sometimes things are just out of our hands. May god bless you and give you comfort.
imho

Carlisle, PA

#10 May 3, 2011
I find it interesting, "Right", that you would blame the parents and their parenting skills for their son's addiction problem. I'm not sure if you have children or not, but you will learn that as they get older you really have no control over what they do. It is your job as a parent to teach your children well and make them aware of the risks that the "real world" poses. However, as your children get older, all you can do is talk the talk, but when they're away from the home it's up to them (the children) to walk the walk, and by that they will walk their own path, not necessarily the one you hope they will choose. I find your attack on the parents callous and self-righteous. Not everyone is offered the same choices in life, and not everyone makes the right choices. When the time comes to make a choice, it is the individual's decision, not their parents, friends etc. All we can do, day by day, is to do the best we can. I hope that some day you'll understand what I'm saying, "Right", and I hope that you will not have to suffer as these parents are.
Really

Saint Thomas, PA

#11 May 3, 2011
imho wrote:
I find it interesting, "Right", that you would blame the parents and their parenting skills for their son's addiction problem. I'm not sure if you have children or not, but you will learn that as they get older you really have no control over what they do. It is your job as a parent to teach your children well and make them aware of the risks that the "real world" poses. However, as your children get older, all you can do is talk the talk, but when they're away from the home it's up to them (the children) to walk the walk, and by that they will walk their own path, not necessarily the one you hope they will choose. I find your attack on the parents callous and self-righteous. Not everyone is offered the same choices in life, and not everyone makes the right choices. When the time comes to make a choice, it is the individual's decision, not their parents, friends etc. All we can do, day by day, is to do the best we can. I hope that some day you'll understand what I'm saying, "Right", and I hope that you will not have to suffer as these parents are.

I feel bad for this mother as well but what is she doing. She is blaming the task force. She is not at fault but neither are the police. Its a never ending battle.
imho

Carlisle, PA

#12 May 3, 2011
The comment I was replying to has been deleted. What was said, was that the son did heroin because the mother was a bad parent. The comment also attacked the parent personally. In my response I'm not agreeing with all the mother had to say in her LTE, but I am saying is that a son's or daughter's drug use isn't a parent's fault as implied by the comment submitted by a person who used the moniker "Right" in their posting.
Wild Bill

Chambersburg, PA

#13 May 3, 2011
What about these legalized drug dealers ...

http://video.google.com/videoplay... #
Wild Bill

Chambersburg, PA

#14 May 3, 2011
Wild Bill

Chambersburg, PA

#15 May 3, 2011
tlb17201

Mercersburg, PA

#17 May 3, 2011
i can not believe some one would even try to blame any parent for their child doing drugs. no parent can ever control what their child does all of the time. I do not blame police officers, in general, just the ones that speak like they are doing this great job. when in fact they are not adressing the severe problem that they fail to acknowlegde in our community. I am sorry, i feel that they should be trying alot hard to find out who is suppling the drug that is killing our youth, than just the potheads. maybe the task force should only work their deals with people that are willing to give up herion dealers.ms garling i feel for your loss, i did not know your son, but i know one of his friends. i feel that the task force in this county should work on what they supposedly pride their selve on. to serve and protect. that means they should be trying alot harder to stop the drugs that are killing our kids so that no one will ever have to go through what you have ever again.
GLP

Greencastle, PA

#18 May 3, 2011
I am sorry for your loss, but blaming the government for your son's heroin addiction is both irresponsible and misdirected. Your argument, in a nutshell, is that the police didn't arrest the dealer that sold your son heroin before your son voluntarily purchased and used that heroin, which ultimately led to a fatal overdose. Therefore, it is the fault of the government, and not that of the dealer or user, that your son overdosed on heroin. The government was not a party to that transaction, which was a private agreement between your son and the heroin dealer. The police were not there when this transaction occurred and in all likelihood, they probably didn't even know that it had occurred until after your son had already passed away. The police were also not there when your son 1st decided to become a heroin user. People do not simply wake up one day and decide to become heroin users. There is usually a steady progression from less harmful to more harmful drug use. The police were not there when this likely progression was occurring, nor is it their responsibility to prevent it.

I understand the viewpoint that the government is supposed to protect us, however there are certainly limits to that protection. One of the most difficult things for the government to protect us from is ourselves. Certainly, had the police had the ability to intervene somehow and prevent your son from voluntarily purchasing and using heroin, I'm sure they would have, but how could that have happened? Possibly arresting the dealer, perhaps, or maybe even your son, prior to the consummation of this drug purchase may have somehow prevented him from overdosing. However, if they had not actually arrested them, I'm assuming they didn't have enough evidence to arrest either. Simply because you reported someone for a crime doesn't mean the police can run right out and arrest them. In most drug sale cases, they need someone (an informant) to make a purchase for them before an arrest can be made. Without the use of informants, most arrests for drug sales simply would not happen.

It is unfortunate that the police were not able to arrest this dealer before he/she sold heroin to your son, but how would the outcome have been any different if they had? Did your son not have another dealer to go to? Did your son not know that heroin is sold openly on the streets of Baltimore? Did your son not have friends who were also heroin users who would be more than willing to point him in the right direction if his dealer got arrested? The cold hard truth is that even if this particular dealer had been arrested, the outcome was probably inevitable. If your son wanted heroin, he was going to find heroin, regardless of how many drug dealers the police arrested. While police arrests of drug dealers may be part of the solution, arrests, in and of themselves, are not the entire solution. Drug treatment and family intervention also have to come into play at some point. What happened to your son is certainly a tragedy, but pointing the finger at the police for not completely eliminating every possible source of heroin in Franklin County as the proximate cause of your son's death shows a lack of understanding or an unwillingness to accept the truth, or both, on your part.
MissingJG

Libertytown, MD

#19 May 3, 2011
I am sorry but i know this family very well, My heart goes out to them! Jordon was a wonderful caring boy, who got mixed up in some bad things.. Just because he did herion does NOT make him a bad person!!!! He was trying his hardest to stay clean, Yea he ended up making a very bad choice which resulted in him losing his life. I agree with his mother i think that the Drug Task Force is worthless... All i hear about is the Task Force busting people who sell weed.. Really??? What about all the really bad drugs like herion and coke and crack???? Jordon we miss u soooo much!! Until we meet again.. Love u!!
Judicial Scholar

Chambersburg, PA

#20 May 3, 2011
The problem is that the average Joe citizen does not understand how drug investigations work. Investigations need to be covert, patient, and need to involve having concrete evidence of the dealers doing certain things so that they do not get off in court.

Unfortunately, average Joe Franklin county does not comprehend this. They call in and say "Hey, my son knows some dirtbags at 44 Y avenue and I know they're selling drugs." The caller then expects the drug detectives to order a military air strike on said house to commence within the next hour.

Even the slightest assertion that the drug task force or ANY law enforcement agency should be held accountable or responsible for a druggie overdosing is absolutely ludicrous. Moreover, anyone making this assertion should be jailed immediately.
buy984948

Carlisle, PA

#21 May 3, 2011
how was it accidental? its the herion,crack,meth,and pills. you never hear of anyone dying from smokin weed now do you?
tlb17201

Mercersburg, PA

#22 May 4, 2011
i am sorry Judicial Scholar, you must not be from the chamberburg area. You are not getting it, I am or no one else is holding law enforcement accountable or responsible for an overdose. I am saying that the Franklin Franklin County Drug Task Force has been a bunch of trash for year. They are only worried about doing the easiest job possible. If you pay attention to there arrests it is almost always dealing with pot. I dont get how the only drugs they can find is pot, especially when there aree so many overdoses going on???They always rely on snitches that got caught with a little bit of pot, and scare them with extreme jail time. Most of the time they wouldnt get hardly any jail time to start with. They use these meager threats to get them another pot smoker. Maybe they should stop making their so called deals unless they can give up someone selling herion. What alot of people are upset with the task force for is simply this, they always have gone the easy way out with padding their arrest numbers by going after nothing but pot smokers and not the drugs that are causing so many other problems in this area. Last but not least maybe you should be jailed immediately for believeing that the average joe in franklin county does not have the understanding of how basic police work happens.
anon

Mercersburg, PA

#23 May 4, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. As parents we do the best we can for our children, but we can only bring them so far. Drug addiction affects the entire family. There is a book titled Stay Close by Libbi Cataldi that I would highly recommend for parents, professionals and anyone who is suffering from the affects of drug addiction.
jojo

Carlisle, PA

#24 May 5, 2011
Idont think anybody is blaming the drug task force what they are saying is that they could be doing a btter job by going after the big time drug dealers.I think the comment is true that was posted under bowmans comments that there is too many high ups in franklin co involved in the drug ring.I heard this fifteen years ago.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Franklin County Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News 2 men charged with illegal re-entry Jun '17 spytheweb 1
News A fee for state police: Fair or double taxation? Feb '17 grab your wallet 2
Vincent e martz egor (Jan '17) Jan '17 martz friends 1
Vincent e martz-egor (Mar '16) Jun '16 martz friends 2
News Local educator turns up in diploma-mill case | ... (Jun '10) Mar '16 TruthSquad 8
News Franklin County row officers suggest budget cuts (Mar '09) Feb '16 Ace1234 26
News Supreme Court refuses to hear CASD appeal (Jul '15) Aug '15 Backward Hicks 3
More from around the web