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The role models refuse to come to their senses Paul Carpenter This has not been a great week for role models. Full Story
Pat

Bally, PA

#1 Mar 2, 2007
The meth problem in America is, and always has been, a creation of the drug war. As meth quickly invades our urban communities and middle-class today we need to look at the policies that got us here.
The 2007 National Drug Threat Assessment of the National Drug Intelligence Center reports: "Marked success in decreasing domestic meth-amphetamine production through law enforcement pressure and strong precursor chemical sales restrictions has enabled Mexican (drug trafficking organizations) to rapidly expand their control over methamphetamine distribution - even in eastern states - as users and distributors who previously produced the drug have sought new, consistent sources." ( http://www.usdoj.gov/ndic/pubs21/21137/index.... )
The 'strong precursor chemical sales restrictions' are the 2005 Meth Amphetamine Act that constricted access to cold medicines in the U.S. So, the Act "...enabled Mexican (drug trafficking organizations) to rapidly expand their control over methamphetamine distribution - even in eastern states..."
In the past meth has not had a significant urban distribution. The Mexicans are connected with the Colombians and Dominican. Between them they control lucrative well established cocaine and heroin distribution channels that run deep into our cities. So today we see meth so prevalent in the heart of Bethlehem that it entices even the best and brightest in the city.
Prohibition economists call it the ballooning effect. Constrict the market in one place and it pops out someplace else. Often larger and more dangerous.
In the 1960's pep pills were distributed by doctors in controlled doses and volumes. The Controlled Substances Act, the drug war, banned that controlled distribution. Meth became the popular alternative dispensed by gangsters and bikers to fill the market vacuum left by the prohibition policy. Even among drug consumers in the 1960-70's meth was known as "monster". The market rejected it. The prohibition removed all competition to meth and gave the market to gangsters.
The more things change......
DDD

Allentown, PA

#2 Mar 2, 2007
Pat wrote:
The meth problem in America is, and always has been, a creation of the drug war. As meth quickly invades our urban communities and middle-class today we need to look at the policies that got us here.
The 2007 National Drug Threat Assessment of the National Drug Intelligence Center reports: "Marked success in decreasing domestic meth-amphetamine production through law enforcement pressure and strong precursor chemical sales restrictions has enabled Mexican (drug trafficking organizations) to rapidly expand their control over methamphetamine distribution - even in eastern states - as users and distributors who previously produced the drug have sought new, consistent sources." ( http://www.usdoj.gov/ndic/pubs21/21137/index.... )
The 'strong precursor chemical sales restrictions' are the 2005 Meth Amphetamine Act that constricted access to cold medicines in the U.S. So, the Act "...enabled Mexican (drug trafficking organizations) to rapidly expand their control over methamphetamine distribution - even in eastern states..."
In the past meth has not had a significant urban distribution. The Mexicans are connected with the Colombians and Dominican. Between them they control lucrative well established cocaine and heroin distribution channels that run deep into our cities. So today we see meth so prevalent in the heart of Bethlehem that it entices even the best and brightest in the city.
Prohibition economists call it the ballooning effect. Constrict the market in one place and it pops out someplace else. Often larger and more dangerous.
In the 1960's pep pills were distributed by doctors in controlled doses and volumes. The Controlled Substances Act, the drug war, banned that controlled distribution. Meth became the popular alternative dispensed by gangsters and bikers to fill the market vacuum left by the prohibition policy. Even among drug consumers in the 1960-70's meth was known as "monster". The market rejected it. The prohibition removed all competition to meth and gave the market to gangsters.
The more things change......
LOL, yeah because legalizing it will make it go away too. I wish I could live in your world Pat.
user-1259

Philadelphia, PA

#3 Mar 2, 2007
whoa, there, DDD --- if the drug war doesn't make the stuff go away, and decriminalizing it doesn't make it go away, then the only sane answer is to go with decriminalization - at least we can reduce the incredible waste of money and lives spent in this inane drug war.
Lynn Albee

Whitehall, PA

#4 Mar 2, 2007
Paul great article! Thanks for informing in us, the taxpayer that our taxes have supplied him with a 97,000 yearly paycheck to sit in his office, when he is there, and watch porn. Our tax dollars at work once again.

“Too soon old, too late smart..”

Since: Feb 07

Bethlehem, PA

#5 Mar 3, 2007
Pat, thank you for carrying your message of sense.
Lynn, I'm hanging on to the fact that the info provided by unidentified "sources" could well be false. The verified info is bad enough.
Mr. Carpenter, thank you for bring up the "horrors of marijuana" issue. One of my many thoughts on this situation (I have a child at NMS) was I hope the kids can be shown: this isn't a "Reefer Madness" movie - this is real life, kids. This is the real McCoy - this is really what can happen.
Richard Hochleitner

Pires Do Rio, Brazil

#6 Mar 3, 2007
Paul,
There you are, again, guilty of common sense.
R. Hochleitner
valley viewer

Danville, PA

#7 Mar 4, 2007
Mr Carpenter I hope you follow up with the Panther Valley School superintendent arrested last week for alleged drunken driving and traffic violations. Taxpayers need to know what the school board is going to do about this. If they let him go what kind of message is that sending our children and teachers? Just because you are a high paid person and know a few people you can ignore the laws! Mr West made the choice to get behind the wheel after drinking that's not a mistake, Forgetting to tie my shoes that's a mistake, my spelling and grammer errors they are mistakes but getting behind the wheel after drinking is a choice a terrible choice. Pv lost a few students to people getting behind the wheel after drinking . We are suppose to still look up to Mr West well sorry but he made a Choice to get behind the wheel and thank god he got stopped in time befor something worse happened.Maybe he should go to a morgue and see all the adults and children whom were killed by people like him whom chose to get behind the wheel. First time or not On school time or not he knew it was against the law, and went against everything they are trying to teach children let alone adults.

“rockin pandas”

Since: Mar 07

Whitehall

#8 Mar 4, 2007
So Jesus used this illustration: "If you had one hundred sheep, and one of them strayed away and was lost in the wilderness, wouldn't you leave the ninety-nine others to go and search for the lost one until you found it? And then you would joyfully carry it home on your shoulders. When you arrived, you would call together your friends and neighbors to rejoice with you because your lost sheep was found. In the same way, heaven will be happier over one lost sinner who returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven't strayed away!
valley viewer wrote:
Mr Carpenter I hope you follow up with the Panther Valley School superintendent arrested last week for alleged drunken driving and traffic violations. Taxpayers need to know what the school board is going to do about this. If they let him go what kind of message is that sending our children and teachers? Just because you are a high paid person and know a few people you can ignore the laws! Mr West made the choice to get behind the wheel after drinking that's not a mistake, Forgetting to tie my shoes that's a mistake, my spelling and grammer errors they are mistakes but getting behind the wheel after drinking is a choice a terrible choice. Pv lost a few students to people getting behind the wheel after drinking . We are suppose to still look up to Mr West well sorry but he made a Choice to get behind the wheel and thank god he got stopped in time befor something worse happened.Maybe he should go to a morgue and see all the adults and children whom were killed by people like him whom chose to get behind the wheel. First time or not On school time or not he knew it was against the law, and went against everything they are trying to teach children let alone adults.
valley viewer

Danville, PA

#9 Mar 4, 2007
Problem there's more then 1 sheep lost in the Pa school districts. What about the ones whom have died and the ones who will continue to be killed by first timers Do THEY NOT COUNT AS GOD'S SHEEP?We can't bring them back they don't get a second chance , why should ones whom continue to get behind the wheel after drinking? Don't get god involved he didn't make any one get behind the wheel after having a drink! If you want to go save all the lost sheep ( adults in school districts in Pa ) then you leave a few( small defenseless children) with hardly anyone to learn from.

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