Lewis drug arrests taxing county...

Aug 20, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Inter-Mountain

Lewis County commissioners are facing a regional jail bill approaching $70,000, a figure which could go even higher next month following last week's arrest of 10 individuals on drug-related charges.

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Susan Lamb Persino

Weston, WV

#1 Aug 29, 2013
Maybe it should be considered to charge the jail birds for their time spent in jail. I believe other states have that law in effect.

Since: Jun 13

Philippi, WV

#2 Aug 29, 2013
Or maybe we should do like other developed nations and quit fighting an arbitrary and costly war on drugs until we have addressed the issues that cause demand for drugs in the first place: 1. Lack of access to mental healthcare to address the underlying psychological issues inherent to drug abusers. 2. Access to drug treatment facilities. 3. Socioeconomic issues related to increased social stratification.

Also, maybe we should, oh...I don't know...decriminalize marijuana and quit incarcerating individuals for non-violent crimes since all it does is make career criminals? I mean, considering that we have legal drug pushers in the form of doctors who get kickbacks and conferences in the Bahamas for pushing prescription drugs (which has made America the single most over prescribed country in the world), maybe it's time to call bullsh*t on all of these arbitrary incarcerations and actually look into what works?
JJc

Pittsburgh, PA

#3 Aug 29, 2013
I agree weed could be legalized and make some things a little better ,but LEWIS county has a serious meth problem , pill problem , heroin problem , I agree with the system and law enforcement that we live with. I believe much more serious sentences should be handed out from the get. Instead of probation , drug court and house arrest. If you start with longer prison and jail time alot of people would think twice before dealing drugs ,as far as the doctors go alot of them should be hung for the way that they handle themselves as prescription drugs go .
Buford Bradley

Weston, WV

#4 Aug 30, 2013
Weed is one thing .... meth heads should be shot on site... No meth head will ever do anything positive in their life.
JJc

Pittsburgh, PA

#5 Aug 30, 2013
Pretty much true Buford I completely agree.
What alot of people don't think about when they talk about drug dealers , addicts , and meth and pill heads are the innocent people that have to find a way to handle this shitty situation. The grandparents , parents , children,. Very sad but a slap on the wrist is not the answer!!!!!!!
DRUGS ARE A BAD GAME TO PLAY! The price to play it should be much much higher.
Lillianc

Weston, WV

#6 Aug 30, 2013
JJc wrote:
Pretty much true Buford I completely agree.
What alot of people don't think about when they talk about drug dealers , addicts , and meth and pill heads are the innocent people that have to find a way to handle this shitty situation. The grandparents , parents , children,. Very sad but a slap on the wrist is not the answer!!!!!!!
DRUGS ARE A BAD GAME TO PLAY! The price to play it should be much much higher.
Right, a slap on the wrist isn't enough. Drug treatment centers where the waiting for a bed is not months and months away.

Since: Jun 13

Wheeling, WV

#8 Aug 30, 2013
dhhr worker wrote:
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ARE YOU ON YOUR FELLERS PILLS AS YOU TYPE YOU F'IN HYPOCRITE ?
Uh...who is it that you think I am?
really

Weston, WV

#9 Aug 30, 2013
Buford Bradley wrote:
Weed is one thing .... meth heads should be shot on site... No meth head will ever do anything positive in their life.
Buford Bradley I have to disagree with you.
I am a recovering meth addict who turned my life around and has made something of it.
I am not going to defend all addicts because some of them don't care if they ever clean up but I was at a really low point in my life and all the people who after many years of me being there for them in their bad times did not stick with me and I wound up in the downward drug spiral however with the love of a couple good friends and family members I have been able to clean up and turn my life around. I will not lie and say that I am not ashamed of my choice to be an addict because I am very ashamed of that as well as some of the other decisions I made while an addict but it was a bad choice I made in life and something that I will have to deal with for the rest of my life because the battle never ends.
At one time I would have shared your opinion and not thought twice about it but after living it I use it as a learning experience because it has made me quit judging others so harshly because this is something as a society we do before we know why that person makes the decisions they make.
Worry

Morgantown, WV

#10 Aug 30, 2013
really wrote:
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Buford Bradley I have to disagree with you.
I am a recovering meth addict who turned my life around and has made something of it.
I am not going to defend all addicts because some of them don't care if they ever clean up but I was at a really low point in my life and all the people who after many years of me being there for them in their bad times did not stick with me and I wound up in the downward drug spiral however with the love of a couple good friends and family members I have been able to clean up and turn my life around. I will not lie and say that I am not ashamed of my choice to be an addict because I am very ashamed of that as well as some of the other decisions I made while an addict but it was a bad choice I made in life and something that I will have to deal with for the rest of my life because the battle never ends.
At one time I would have shared your opinion and not thought twice about it but after living it I use it as a learning experience because it has made me quit judging others so harshly because this is something as a society we do before we know why that person makes the decisions they make.
good for you for getting clean. Very few people make it there.
oh my

Fairmont, WV

#11 Sep 1, 2013
When someone is put in a rehab facility, one week is not long enough. they need to be there much longer a week or two is just not going to work.
skeptic1

Clarksburg, WV

#12 Sep 1, 2013
Notice the bail amounts imposed by the magistrate?
These people are innocent until proven guilty but by virtue of the high bail amounts they are doing time without a conviction.
JJc

Saxonburg, PA

#13 Sep 1, 2013
Most of the time . There is a great deal of very good evidence to give high bail amounts , these people are exactly where they belong!!

Since: Feb 13

Wheeling, WV

#14 Sep 1, 2013
Then why don't you come down here and pay the tax dollars it takes to keep these non-violent offenders locked up sh*thead?!
Funny

Morgantown, WV

#16 Sep 1, 2013
big luzer 65 wrote:
big suze sux
The only ones that usually defend the dope heads are the friends of the dope heads that probably lost their dealer while their locked up!!

Since: Sep 13

Wheeling, WV

#17 Sep 1, 2013
You ignorant pieces of trash. If someone makes a sensible point regarding the cost and damage of America's pointless "drug war" you worthless idiots start the character assassination by stating they must be a drug addict too. Are you a friend of that idiot Gissy that's costing us tax payers an arm and a leg without doing anything to address the demand for drugs in the first place?

I swear to God Lewis Co. is filled with the most backwards ignorant sh*ts I have ever encountered.

Since: Feb 13

Wheeling, WV

#18 Sep 1, 2013
Funny wrote:
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The only ones that usually defend the dope heads are the friends of the dope heads that probably lost their dealer while their locked up!!
Um...yeah. Cause we all know that when you lockup the dealers without addressing the demand others never step in and fill the void.

Idiot.

Is there anyone in this county with any sense? I mean, is there even one person here that understands there ARE other countries that have successfully reduced drug demand and all we have to do is follow their lead?
JJc

Saxonburg, PA

#19 Sep 1, 2013
Big suze, you are not very bright at all probably 90 percent of the ones in jail have robbed someone someplace or assaulted someone, these people are not working people who make an honest living and buy drugs, give it a rest , and like someone else said you probably are associated with these
( NON VIOLENT OFFENDERS), if your talking about someone who gets busted with a bag of weed that's one thing , but the pill people and the heroin and meth criminals are ruining entire families and communities . Your the idiot

Since: Jun 13

Location hidden

#20 Sep 1, 2013
How is she the idiot when the facts are on her side?

1.America has more prison inmates per capita than any other country.

2. We spend more to house these inmates than any other country.

3. Incarcerating dealers does NOTHING to decrease demand.

4. Other industrialized nations have one-payer health system that have a well-developed infrastructure of drug treatment facilities that lower demand for drugs considerably.

5. Study after study shows that those locked up for non-violent offenses become less likely to become productive members of society and much more likely to become career criminals.

6. Arresting non-violent drug offenders is a completely arbitrary practice when you consider that America is the most over-prescribed nation in the world due to a lack of regulations that allow doctors to get kickbacks and all expense paid trips to drug company conferences in the Bahamas for writing unnecessary prescriptions.

Listen, you ignorant rednecks are going to have to move if I'm going to be comfortable here. Seriously, this kind of stupidity is too much.

Since: Sep 13

Wheeling, WV

#21 Sep 1, 2013
JJc wrote:
Big suze, you are not very bright at all probably 90 percent of the ones in jail have robbed someone someplace or assaulted someone, these people are not working people who make an honest living and buy drugs, give it a rest , and like someone else said you probably are associated with these
( NON VIOLENT OFFENDERS), if your talking about someone who gets busted with a bag of weed that's one thing , but the pill people and the heroin and meth criminals are ruining entire families and communities . Your the idiot
Sorry "JJc" but you're the "not very bright" one here. Many of those arrested have no doubt stolen items to feed a drug habit, but I also know that many have attempted through their families to get access to drug treatment which they have been unable to do due to excessive waiting lists and costs.

You also need to stop with calling people drug addicts that are not drug addicts simply because they say something intelligent that makes you look foolish. I don't do drugs and I know very few people who do (if any). I'm just an informed individual that knows what works vs. what does not.

So either tell us who you are and we'll set up a public debate -- or shut your ignorant name-calling mouth that has nothing intelligent whatsoever to add to the discussion.

Since: Jun 13

Location hidden

#22 Sep 1, 2013
Here's the thing. Yes, drug availability (much like gun availability) is part of the problem; however, simply arresting drug addicts and dealers is addressing a symptom rather than the whole disease. You have to treat the disease itself before you can cure the patient. That means you have to...

1. Treat the underlying psychological disorders that lead to an "addictive personality."

2. Have immediate, long term, and no cost access to drug treatment facilities.

3. Provide treatment rather than incarceration for non-violent drug abusers.

4. Regulate the HELL out of pharmaceutical companies and doctors who have become legal drug pushers in this country allowing tons of unnecessary pills to find their way into our communities.

5. Reassess whether or not drugs like marijuana should lead to incarceration (I don't smoke it, but I think it's ridiculous that people that grow something that is found in nature are incarcerated).

6. We have to start thinking deeply, comprehensively, and critically about issues rather than allowing reactionary responses to take hold of us. You can't address complex problems when you are unable to grasp the complexity of an issue.

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