There were 15 responses to this week’s Tele-Talk question: “Do you think the court system is doing its part in addressing the opioid epidemic?” Eight people said the court system is not doing its part; the rest identified other things that should be addressed: four people blamed underlying causes, from government and industrial corruption to poor nutrition and cultural values; two people said the country needs to stop the flow of opioids across the border into the United States; one said better treatment, particularly treatment that would address withdrawal, is the key.
I have to agree with Police Chief Ed Wagner that the court is not doing enough to put these drug abusers away. Put them away for life, send them to Antarctica, do whatever you want with them. This is something they’re doing voluntarily. They’re injecting these drugs in their own bodies. The taxpayers are trying to bail them out to prevent this. My good tax money is going to a bunch of weirdos and drug addicts trying to get high, who go out and cause trouble, robberies, beating people up, home invasions — you name it, they do it. I don’t feel any sadness at all when I read in the paper or hear on the news that one of them has died from an overdose; I say good. That gets one more scumbag out of society that we have to worry about supporting for the rest of his life while he is on one of these illicit drug deals.
The court system is doing the best it can with the opioid epidemic. However, the problem does lie with the fact that all the material and drugs come from Mexico. We should build the wall and we should have Trump as president to carry this stuff out because the current policy does not work. Progressive liberalism is destroying this country and family values, which is also important to the epidemic.
No, the whole country stinks because of the corrupt big mouths locally and nationally that are always looking to cash in on everything. It’s industrial-strength corruption from top to bottom, from the president to the prison system, it’s an extension of Obamacare from cradle to grave. Look at our country and listen to the endless stupidity from people who never shut up. Fire everyone and start over. Prohibition doesn’t work and recidivism is human nature. You can’t cure it but you can kill it, and that’s the only way to solve this problem.
Everyone in Carroll County knows that the county attorney we have in office right now is absolutely horrible. He couldn’t do anything to help anybody out. He needs to go. Thank God he didn’t run again. Move on. Hopefully the next person in office can do a better job.
Until our society as a whole starts to deal with truth and the lack of denial, nothing will change. We are a nation addicted to being addicted, a nation that prefers being high over living in reality. Blaming pain, doctors, drug dealers and everyone else for addiction is denying what the nation refuses to face. Most humans are in pain, experienced abysmal childhoods and a plethora of mixed toxic experiences. Our prisons have the highest number of inmates of any Western nation, and immature individuals continue to populate a bulging world with a now decreased opportunity for a satisfactory life. Parents are frequently apprehended using drugs in full view of their children.
We conveniently blame an ambiguous perpetrator that has been named a “disease” on addictions, thus removing all liability from the individual. Every human has the potential to become an addict by choosing just once, to “try” something. America needs to grow up and understand that “feeling good” is not a condition of being human or living in a successful nation that holds up the yardstick to the rest of the world.
In my opinion the court system has not done its part to help with this horrible problem. Chief Wagner is spot on when he asserts that one of the major problems is accountability with the judges. When I was much younger, traffickers were dealt with more harshly and long sentences were not unusual. Over a period of time, the focus seems to have incredibly shifted to punishing the user and giving pusher less time in jail. Now, the pendulum has shifted once again, thank God, to helping the user, but easy bail and the relatively short prison sentences have remained and have failed to deter traffickers. If federal prosecutors could put some of this scum away for up to 20 years, the issue of these pushers replacing each other might not be as prevalent. It’s time to get tough — real tough — on those who are dealing. It’s time to set examples. The time of imprisoning someone for using opioids should be replaced by imprisoning someone for selling them and then throwing away the key. The fact is, judges are in a position to do much to help solve this problem from the bench. Ted Sares, North Conway.
I beg to differ with the statement, “Solving the opioid epidemic in Mount Washington Valley starts at the bench.” This is short sighted and wrong, like saying heart disease is solved under the surgeon’s knife, or mental illness is solved by spending more money on providing more beds and intervention. These are all wag-the-dog crisis management reactions to the far deeper issues that manifest in symptoms, which never address the genesis of the pathology. To deal with root causes, we’d have to hold our own society accountable for creating sick children, both physically, mentally and, most of all, spiritually, sending so many of them to the needle or alcohol or other addictions so rampant in Western culture. The judge’s gavel is intervention, just the same as prescription drugs and early diagnostics have become the definition of “health care” while doing absolutely nothing to prevent the genesis of disease, our concept of food and agriculture and wayward relationship with nature. As an ex-addict who spent 16 months in a live-in program called DARTEC, Drug Abusers Rehabilitated Through Educational Community, I have insight and hindsight into the world of drugs, why numbing oneself becomes desirable, and most importantly, the key to reducing addictions, which is examined in the links provided. Nutrient deficiency and excess toxicity equals disease — no different in mental, physical or moral, considering our concept of food manifests in most of what ails humanity. By the time anyone gets to “the bench” or, in “medicine,” the doctors office, symptoms have had to have begun long before. Eliminate cause, and find the lasting cure. We’ve clearly created the perfect storm these problems arose from that require deeper thinking and holistic healing. See this article to on how proper nutrition is critical for recovery: www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/120914p44.shtml. Laura Slitt.
The following responses were posted on Facebook:
Treatment is the key. Someone needs to come up with a cheap, fast, easy and comfortable way to get off of them. The problem is you become deathly ill for months, even years, when you stop so if you’re doing them illegally you will do anything to get more so you don’t feel sick. And I’m not talking a little uncomfortable, I’m talking “curled up on the couch wishing you would die” sick. I guarantee if you ask 100 people on opiates, “if there was an easy way to stop, would you?” 100 of them would say yes! The problem is it’s such a slow drawn-out process to get off of them people just say screw it, it’s easier to just stay on it. You can arrest people all day long, but if you don’t come up with a way to get them off the opiates you’re just wasting your time.
I think the police force is doing its job. It is the courts in the legal system that are holding up progress. When you find someone who was a dealer, you hit them with the maximum penalty, not let them out on bail and slap him on the wrist because they are first-time offenders. It may have been the first time they have been caught, but I can guarantee you it was not the first time they have dealt with it.
No, the court is not doing its job. When a drug dealer is brought in front of the court, no bail should be given. Doing this will take the product off the street and show the cops that the courts are in step with the police. When the court just lets them out, it tells the cops it all for nothing, and then cops have to start all over, and another kid or adult is hooked or dead of an overdose.
How about stopping the flow of opioids across the border into the United States?
If the judge is going to let a drug dealer out on bail then it should be mandatory that they go to rehab.
The opioid crisis is not a state corporation money-maker and costs the state corporation money.
I have seen first-hand the courts in step with the police department; the police and courts are in bed together when it comes time for fines or any other way to make money for the corporation, but when it comes time for opioid crisis, it’s time for them to spend money, and any corporation, such as state of New Hampshire, cannot stay in business without making money. Opioids are a direct hit on the corporation’s pocketbook because it is a costly epidemic, and although people think it costs the taxpayer, think again. It costs the state corporation through revenue they collect through court fines, and I for one think it’s about time the corporate state of New Hampshire starts to man up and pay up as they are the sole causation.
People would not be doing those drugs if they had a good life, in which the corporate state destroys people’s lives by taking people away from their families and jobs by putting them in jail. When a person has nothing left to take away, then they turn to drugs. I, again, have witnessed this first hand, so no, it’s a conjunctive state effort, not the police or any other single entity. It’s the corporate state’s money problem to see that people get help instead of throwing them in jail, which seems to be the solution to everything today, as you can see America has the biggest prison population in the world. Why? Because the corporate state is in business to make money, and when they can’t make or steal money from someone, they threaten them with jail time, which completely destroys the direction a person should head in. It’s about time a costly enterprise makes the money-stealing corporation pay.
Don’t say it’s taxpayers money. Just look at the town reports of how much the corporate state steals from people in their courts. Folks, the corporate state is a business, and this epidemic is just a big expense that the corporate state needs to pay and contend with, as they are the creators of these problems. Good to see they have to give back to society for a change instead of robbing poor innocent people and destroying their lives with jails and prisons.
There is no excuse to not follow the moral code of the land and do what is right. If everyone would do this, there would be no need for police. As for a money-making machine, do a quick Google search and look at the state budget it’s all there to prove your claims false.