The Vindicator, 31 December 31, 2013, published a Top Stories 2013, by hard-working reporter, Joe Gorman. Joe's story, in part reads: "
The Heroin Craze
The rise of heroin use and abuse of opiate-based painkillers in 2013 strained the resources of both law enforcement and treatment centers.
On the street, police grappled with the problems of arresting heroin addicts, who at times were docile and at other times would flee either on foot or in a vehicle because they were afraid to go back to jail and begin going through withdrawal.
This story from last week (first full week, Janunary 2013) :Ohio Panel Recommends Steps to Battle Heroin Abuse,
Clearly, we're 'after-the-fact-ers'. Maybe, ,another time, I'll address these, generally too, too late. ineffective recommendations, but. let's go to the Governor's speech in Vermont, where they leave their doors unlocked, well, they used to.
MONTPELIER, Vt. — In a sign of how drastic the epidemic of drug addiction here has become, Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday devoted his entire State of the State Message to what he said was “a full-blown heroin crisis” gripping Vermont.
“In every corner of our state, heroin and opiate drug addiction threatens us,” he said. He said he wanted to reframe the public debate to encourage officials to respond to addiction as a chronic disease, with treatment and support, rather than with only punishment and incarceration.
Governor Shumlin, passionate, yes, but uses that word, again RESPOND. Even Smokey the Bear urges PREVENTION .
So, what makes a junkie? Why SO many people from ALL walks and runs of life turn to heroin?? Why did a cute kid from Girard, Ohio, the haunting story of Christine Sheesley, the young girl who "celebrated" her 17th birthday(Spring 2012), having her older, junkie boyfriend, shoot her up with dope, with heroin.( I've talked, endlessly on the show as to my theories as to why..)
Ah, the un-asked questions!
There ARE people/corporations (same thing these days...yeah?) making a LOT of money, marketing and selling what THEY call rehabilitation.
Is that why these, so-called experts don't talk cause and effect? I don't know.
What I DO KNOW is that there are a LOT of people out there who are in a LOT of pain, emotional pain. They feel that it's killing them from inside, out. They're willing to do ANYTHING to kill that pain, even temporarily . I ALSO KNOW that children are being hurt, abused in all manners, in greater numbers than before...and, I KNOW that many of them will grow up and try to chase out that dragon, that they feel eating them alive, at ANY cost.
Again, NO ONE IS ASKING THE RELEVANT QUESTION(S): Why do we continue to chase the wrong dragons???
WHY are SO many people turning to junk ????