We are the parents of a 31 y/o son. He has battled a heroin and opiate addiction for the last 11 years. He has 2 sons ages 9 and 11. Five minutes is not enough time to tell you what this drug has done to not only our son, but our family. We are not alone.
Our number of deaths are increasing The report states about 37 heroin related deaths from JANUARY TO APRIL. and the fight continues over the treatment center.
Councilman Knowles also proposed a recovery center and from what we are hearing that too is facing some uphill battles.
TO THOSE WHO TALK ABOUT PROPERTY VALUES LET ME TELL YOU: They can build all the stores in this town they want and all the houses they want to but in the end who in the world is going to want to come here and raise families with this heroin epidemic in this town?
THEY CAN BUILD IT BUT EVENTUALLY NO ONE WILL COME.
It is already on your streets and those dealers live among you in that neighborhood. Those abusing are shooting up in their cars and in the parks, and yes in your neighborhood.
So I ask, What is it exactly that you want in your neighborhood?
Now not only do our numbers prove the need for this treatment center- this is also rapidly growing into a public health concern due to the diseases associated with IV drug use.
Needles are being disposed everywhere. Parents are finding needles and used condoms in our parks, on the streets, in parking lots and in their backyards.
Everyone is impacted in some way directly or indirectly by this heroin epidemic in our town whether or not you realize it.
Something has failed because Clearly it's not being spent on substance abuse, addiction prevention and treatment OTHERWISE WHY DO WE HAVE THIS PROBLEM?
WE NEED TO BE ASKING JUST WHERE AND WHAT ALL OF THAT MONEY BEING USED FOR? BECAUSE
CRACK and COCAINE never left here, It only moved to other areas in the city and county. SOON AFTER METH moved into the neighborhoods and Communities. For years it was left unchecked and in the late 90's/early 2000 HEROIN moved here and is now taking over our entire county. I worked at a 7-11 here during those early years. It was bad then and has gotten worse.
And here we are in a heroin epidemic in our communities. Heroin will continue to take lives.
We already have the day center and the drug court- they are the second step in the recovery process. Why not have the first step right here for our own local people.
What if you had a disease and the place that could cure you of your disease was being fought over like what is being done with this treatment center. How would you feel?
I have an idea why not make those trafficking that poison here into our communities- you know those on the high end profit scale make them pay for our treatment center. They want to come here and poison our town and take our young people then they should pay for those who want to get better.
While this fight continues we on this side really wonder because we all know whenever there is a huge problem in this country it isn't about who suffers the most. It is about who stands to lose the most profit should the problem go away. WE NOW WONDER IS THAT THE REAL PROBLEM HERE IN OUR TOWN?
I did not come here to once again read our petition. I do come here to turn it in and to leave you with a quote by the late Rev Martin Luther King, Jr. He once said,
This Is The Reality Already: In this country...
4,365 kids between the ages of 12 and 17 already use and abuse some form of illicit drug daily
2,466 kids between the ages of 12 and 17 already use and abuse heroin, opiates and pain pills daily
7,540 kids between the ages of 12 and 17 will try heroin, opiates, pain pills or another illicit drug for the first time TODAY