By Misty Poe
Times West Virginian
We tell our kids to Be Above the Influence.
We taught our kids to “Just Say No.”
We D.A.R.E. our kids to stay off drugs.
Now it’s time to Fight Back.
Drugs were a problem in the 1970s, the 1980s and the 1990s. They didn’t go away when we hit the 21st century.
And in this community, we hear stories of the dangers of huffing, bath salts and the abuse of prescription drugs on a daily basis. These aren’t cautionary tales — these events are happening in our schools, in our workplace, to people we know and love.
The arrest logs printed in the Times West Virginian on a weekly basis are filled with drug-related crimes, like possession with intent to deliver and other felonies. But we also understand that many of the driving under the influence arrests, petty crimes of shoplifting or vandalism, felonies like battery, burglary and theft and a myriad other crimes are sadly drug-related, too.
There have been clusters of robberies in neighborhoods. There were seniors who feared leaving a window open during the blackouts in early July.
There have been car accidents, some fatal, involving people who had so much more to give and so many more years ahead of them. There have been overdoses, some fatal, caused by months and years of drug abuse.