There were nine responses to this week’s Tele-Talk question: “Do you think the opioid epidemic is directly or indirectly affecting our quality of life in the Mount Washington Valley? If so, what can be done?” One said the region needs more detox/rehabilitation options. Three said we should do nothing to help people who are addicted. Four said we should treat addicts as criminals; some suggested stiff penalties. One said heroin is just a scapegoat so that government can spend more money.
Absolutely this is a problem in all of Carroll County. There are no facilities in the north at all to help folks with these problems for detoxing or rehab. Folks that can afford help have to travel the southern part of the state. Let’s get something in the North Country.
I have no sympathies for drug addicts; they should all be shipped to their own island and leave us alone. I have been living with arthritis my entire life, and I do need to be on pain medications and, even though I’m on pain medications, it still does not control my pain completely. So why don’t you guys just leave us alone and be shipped off.
It’s more of a corruption epidemic that it is a heroin epidemic. Instability and chaos create political and union payoffs and slush funds. Whether it’s in the Middle East or middle America, instability is good for the revolving doors of political corruption, cradle to grave. Heroin is just the latest scapegoat. One day it’s housing, then poverty, then over eating — any excuse will do for those in office as long as the money keeps running. Live free or die. Death is not the worst of evils.
You know what the problem is? The problem is you have some of these police officers and some of these emergency people on the ambulance and rescue squad giving some of the same people, three to four, five, six times the Narcan drug to save them. You know what? Maybe once, but after that, let’s start thinning the herd. It’s called personal responsibility. It’s not up to me, it’s not up to everybody else is Mount Washington Valley to take care of these dead beats. Move them to the side. Just call it the thinning the herd. They’re not learning anything. It’s time to move on.
Yes, I do believe that the heroin epidemic is directly affecting to quality of our life because it increases the amount of crime so that they can get the drugs they so desire. But we have treatment centers for them, hold them accountable. I believe that one wise thing would be to put ankle monitor on these people that have been caught using heroin, and then we can track them, and our police force has to pay better attention to what’s going on in the village. The people using the heroin have no self esteem; they’re weak, and people just let them slide. And they’re criminals.
When that meth lab was discovered, I knew immediately the town was in danger — danger in the sense of these people —it must be hundreds of them — were served by this meth kitchen. And the danger is they steel. When they don’t have the money for the drugs, they’ll steal from your car, they’ll break into your home, they’ll break in to any store, take anything they could sell, steal money. It’s terrible. You are no longer safe leaving anything in your car in the Walmart parking lot. This is how dangerous it has become. Because when you have a meth lab, they have customers from hundreds of miles around and they have hundreds of customers. And when they don’t have money, they’re desperate — they’ll do anything, steal anything to fix this habit. We are in terrible danger, and they only cure is exactly what they do in Singapore. That’s the only thing that will stop this from being an uncontrolled habit that will destroy good people in this town.
In response to the question, how does this stuff directly or indirectly affect your life, well, the direct stuff is pretty obvious and it’s pretty terrible, too. Indirectly, we all have to pay for it. We’ve got to pay for this hysteria every time somebody goes out and O.D.s — somebody’s gotta pay for that at that ambulance, you know. For the rest of us to choose not to ruin our lives that way, it seems pretty unfair that we have to pay for people that want to wreck their own. So, what could be done about it? I know it’s horrible and cruel as it may sound is the first time you do that — I’m not a heartless jerk altogether — we’ll send you to rehab and take care of everything; we’ll probably do the same thing the second time too. But quite honestly, the third time, if you’re going to keep doing that kind of stupidity, I’ll just consider it a suicide attempt, and I don’t have a problem with that. So, unfortunately, you are on your own and unless you can pay for that crap you will sizzle bacon until you are gone and that problem will be solved. So, that sounds horrible.
The question indicates that we have an epidemic. So, if we have an “epidemic,” by definition it impacts everyone in the valley. And just one of many ways is when a selectman’s son is arrested for allegedly dealing. The selectman should resign forthwith because if that was supposedly going on under his nose and he didn’t know about it, he has absolutely no business being a town officer. The other thing is that if his son is found guilty, apparently he faces three to seven years. Are you kidding me? He and his alleged accomplice should face a very long incarceration so as to deter others from hooking our young ones on this terrible narcotic addiction. Throw away the key and set the right example as part of a multi-dimensional approach to this horrible problem.
The proliferation of heroin in our once peaceful, safe and idyllic community is a strange and terrible saga. This stuff is more poison than arsenic, cyanide and ricin combined. God help us all until the legal establishment puts an end to it. In the meantime lock your cars, homes, garages and anything of value or these despicable sick junkies will steal it. Arm yourselves and fight back; no one’s responsible for your personal protection but you.
- Category: Tele-Talk