The Daily Herald (Chicago suburbs) editorial board shows just how ignorant it is: A suburban war on drugs is vital to stem the tide
We must wage a war on drug abuse. That should be the resolve of law enforcement, our communities, our schools and ourselves. […]
Death by heroin was up 130 percent in Lake County, 150 percent in three years in McHenry County and it doubled in two years in Will County. […]
A vital takeaway from the St. Charles forum was the role marijuana use and drinking plays in leading teens into even harder drugs. One expert said more teens are in treatment for marijuana dependency than all other drugs combined.
One teen told the crowd that â€œfrom the moment I tried smoking pot and drinking, something clicked in my body and I knew that I liked being altered.â€ That led to cocaine, acid and mushrooms. It led to her being expelled and it led to criminal activity like forging checks.
statistic lie just won’t die. (By “lie,” I mean an intentional effort to deceive, which it is.)
This isn’t the first time for the Daily Herald to get on the bandwagon of conflating marijuana use with heroin deaths (and the other just as nonsensical bandwagon of thinking that a war is actually useful in reducing heroin deaths).
Last year, they helped promote this bizarre campaign of a grieving and destructive mother.
Mother of suburban teen who died warns others
(I’ve seen this billboard. It really threw me to see the pot leaf on a billboard. And it made less sense once I read it.)
“If this doesn’t get their attention, I don’t know what will,” the Lincolnshire mother says, as she wipes a tear off her cheek and a friend wraps an arm around her shoulder. “If we have to be in people’s faces, we will.”
Now, there are actually some good things being suggested:
Parents pushed for the new law that takes effect Jan. 1 making it legal for anyone who has the proper training to carry Narcan, a prescription drug already used by medical workers that reverses the effects of a heroin overdose. […]
Parents also are having informal discussions whether to push for a law that would grant immunity to anyone who calls 911 to report a drug overdose.
Excellent ideas. But some of the rest is just clueless…
Heroin’s growing popularity in the suburbs can be attributed to a few things, experts say. First, it’s easy to get. Police officers say there’s a steady stream of nice cars filled with suburban kids rolling into the West side of Chicago, where they buy the drugs on the street corner. Heroin’s also cheap – a $10 “dime bag” can contain up to 12 doses, said Bruce Talbot, a retired Woodridge police sergeant who now leads drug training programs at schools and police departments.
Hmmm… that seems to me to be the result of a drug war, not the reason to call for one.
A generation ago, heroin was largely thought of as a scary, inner-city drug. Today, it’s trendy to some high school students who don’t recognize how highly addictive and dangerous it is.
“They think it’s like marijuana or something,” said Bruce Johnson, director of NICASA, a substance-abuse center based in Round Lake. “They don’t think there’s going to be this horrific change in their life because of this.”
Maybe if you hadn’t lied to them about marijuana…
Stephen Smith, a unit coordinator for Rosecrance’s men’s residential program in Rockford, says most rehab centers have waiting lists.
“It’s heartbreaking,” he said. “Funding is disappearing.”
The stigma associated with heroin also prevents parents from seeking help, fearing they’ll be judged if anyone finds out.
Well, maybe there would be spaces in rehab centers if they weren’t filled with marijuana “addicts.” And maybe the stigma wouldn’t be such a problem if we weren’t waging a war!