Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Heroin Epidemic: Remember the meeting last September at the Scottish Rite? Left thinking nothing would change?

Didn’t think your concerns were being listened to here in the City of Lake Worth? Went home that night and thought nothing was going to change? If you’ve been watching and reading the news of late you can dispel that notion.

For the Sober Homes Task Force use this link. For advice and to report a problem call the Sober Home Tip Line at 844-324-5463.

There was a large turnout last September to hear Asst. State Attorney Al Johnson. Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell organized this meeting with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office (additional photos below).

From an article in The Palm Beach Post last November is this quote:

“We get 10 ODs a week, and two or three of them are dying. If this was Al-Qaeda or a group of terrorists attacking America, we’d be all over it. We’d be addressing it and we’d be throwing money at it. We’re not even touching the tip of it.”
Lake Worth City Commissioner Andy Amoroso, a member of the State Attorney’s Sober Home Task Force.

A lot has changed since last September hasn’t it? Here’s the latest from Christine Stapleton at the Post.

It was at this meeting Commissioner McVoy tried to interrupt the proceedings and make a statement. It didn’t work. At this meeting he couldn’t get away with the grandstanding he does at City Commission meetings on a regular basis. Use this link to see that part of the video.

Now that McVoy is up for re-election again (first elected in 2010), the frequency of his lectures, stagecraft and “riding of coattails”, e.g., Commissioner Amoroso, has increased quite a bit.

More photographs from the meeting:

Assistant State Attorney Al Johnson addressing the assembled crowd.
Lake Worth Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell. It was Maxwell who invited Al Johnson to speak and answer questions at the Scottish Rite Masonic Hall.
Lake Worth Commissioner Ryan Maier with his dog. Maier has opted not to run for re-election this year.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Harm reduction is what is needed. We must stop the drug war with objective of shutting down the black market. The drug war has failed. The drug war is driving the problems, not fixing them. Decriminalization/legalization is necessary, it needs to be backed up with public health announcements explaining exactly why it is needed. Its not in any way condoning the abuse of addictors, it is done bc the alternative, the drug war, has made things infinitely worse on almost every level, to include making drugs abundantly available to any & all that wants them.
We need to pull LE out of the drug biz - that will free up a lot of resources currently chasing their collective tails. When the laws create more harm and cause more damage than they prevent, its time to change the laws. The $1 TRILLION so-called war on drugs is a massive big government failure - on nearly every single level. Its way past time to put the cartels & black market drug dealers out of business. Mass incarceration has failed. We cant even keep drugs out of a contained & controlled environment like prison.
We need the science of addiction causation to guide prevention, treatment, recovery & public policies. Otherwise, things will inexorably just continue to worsen & no progress will be made. Addiction causation research has continued to show that some people (suffering with addiction) have a "hypo-active endogenous opioid/reward system." This is the (real) brain disease, making addiction a symptom, not a disease itself. One disease, one pathology. Policy must be made reflecting addiction(s) as the health issue that it is.
The war on drugs is an apotheosis of the largest & longest war failure in history. It actually exposes our children to more harm & risk and does not protect them whatsoever. In all actuality, the war on drugs is nothing more than an international projection of a domestic psychosis. It is not the "great child protection act," its actually the complete opposite. Let's remember, opioids (drug) prohibition is a historical and cultural aberration, just 100 years old. We had fewer drug problems in my own grandparents' time when opium, morphine, heroin, cocaine and cannabis could all still be bought legally over the counter. (Re)legalizing opioids would not be a "risky social experiment,'' as some think. On the contrary, drugs prohibition was the reckless social experiment. And its a massive failure. Alcohol prohibition didn't work, and opioid prohibition is failing even more miserably. The longer we've had drug prohibition laws in place, the worse have the social and health problems they cause gotten.
The lesson is clear: Drug laws do not stop people from harming themselves, but they do cause addicts to commit crimes and harm others. We need a new approach that decriminalizes the disease. We must protect society from the collateral damage of addiction and stop waging war on ourselves. We need common sense harm reduction approaches desperately. MAT (medication assisted treatment) and HAT (heroin assisted treatment) must be available options. Of course, MJ should not be a sched drug at all. Every human being is precious, worthy of love and belonging, and deserves opportunities to fulfill his or her potential regardless of past trauma, mental and emotional anguish, addictive behaviors or mistakes made.