What are police and mayors doing to combat drug use?

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To the editor,
Consider this as an open request for a response for the local police forces. I would like to inquire what is being done to combat the drug problems that we are experiencing in Pictou County.

I don't need to know that it is the same as in other places, or that "it's under control," as we both know that is truly not the case. I am asking specifically what is being done here, in Pictou County, where I live. Do we have educational programs aimed at youth? Are they regularly carried out? Do we have a drug task force? Do we need to ask for outside help? What is being done to help this issue?

Also, to the mayors of our community, as poverty is an underlying causal agent to drug use, what specific steps are you taking to help control poverty and give a greater access to opportunities? What steps are specifically being done to attract new businesses and manufacturers to our community? Do you offer tax incentives? Rebates on energy use? Do you participate in trade fairs to attract businesses here? Have you ever considered having a trade fair here and inviting prospective employers?

I understand that there are no "easy answers" to combating the rampant drug use and addictions that we are experiencing in Pictou County, and I understand that it will take a concerted effort by everyone to make a difference, but to the police and the local mayors, what SPECIFICALLY are you doing?

Terry Megeney

Stellarton

Geographic location: Pictou County

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  • Jeffrey Anderson
    February 17, 2014 - 11:29

    Locking up drugs users and dealers doesn't do anything about the "drug problem". If these addicts couldn't get cocaine or whatever they would just turn to legal drugs like alcohol and perscription drugs. I think your oppionion should be what is being done to combat addiction. Addiction is the problem not drugs. Pull your head out of the sand.

    • Terry Megeney
      February 26, 2014 - 18:08

      Jeffrey maybe you should read before you comment, as I did ask about addiction. Maybe you should check the position of your own head.

    • Jeffrey Anderson
      March 01, 2014 - 20:56

      I read your whole thing and the title says "What are police and mayors doing to combat drug use?" When you should be saying what programs are in place to help addicts. Drugs use is not the problem. I have been using recreational drugs since i was a teenager and I am doing fine. You need to realize that addiction is problem and leave the drugs themselves alone. Your main argument is to pull people above the poverty line and somehow this will help them stop using drugs. How naive are you? People with money have drug problems too. Most often way worse then poor people. The problem lies with the individuals themselves. They need to learn to love themselves. Because that is all we are trying to do. Catch some love.