Heroin Is Marion's Economy
- January 30, 2013 4:49 pm at 4:49 pm #95619
Residents Post Signs Warning: ‘Heroin Is Marion’s Economy’
By: DENISE YOST | NBC4
Published: January 30, 2013
A Marion man is taking the law into his own hands, trying to raise awareness about the city’s growing heroin problem. Brad Belcher said he knew he had to do something. “I’m 27 years old and I’m tired of watching my friends and family and loved ones die,” he said.
Belcher said heroin has such a hold on so many people in Marion that he designed a sign that reads “Heroin is Marion’s Economy.” Belcher said he and a friend started putting up the signs at about 11 p.m. Monday. Police caught up with the pair at about 3 a.m., taking 70 of 300 signs scattered through the city.January 30, 2013 4:52 pm at 4:52 pm #532586
On July 1st, 2001, Portugal decriminalized every imaginable drug, from marijuana, to cocaine, to heroin. Some thought Lisbon would become a drug tourist haven, others predicted usage rates among youths to surge.
Eleven years later, it turns out they were both wrong.
The resulting effect: a drastic reduction in addicts, with Portuguese officials and reports highlighting that this number, at 100,000 before the new policy was enacted, has been halved in the following ten years. Portugal’s drug usage rates are now among the lowest of EU member states, according to the same report.
One more outcome: a lot less sick people. Drug related diseases including STDs and overdoses have been reduced even more than usage rates, which experts believe is the result of the government offering treatment with no threat of legal ramifications to addicts.January 30, 2013 4:56 pm at 4:56 pm #532587
anecdotal evidence from a conversation with a friend suggests that Marysville has it pretty bad too.January 30, 2013 5:01 pm at 5:01 pm #532588
anecdotal evidence from a conversation with a friend suggests that Marysville has it pretty bad too.
There was a huge bust there a few years ago:
Not sure if it’s gotten better or worse since then.January 30, 2013 5:02 pm at 5:02 pm #532589
Portsmouth has a bad prescripton drug problem too.January 30, 2013 5:16 pm at 5:16 pm #532590
I don’t think legalization could happen here because of all the industries against legalization including the prisons, big pharma and police chiefs.
If the so called “war on drugs” ended, where would police departments get their cool toys?January 30, 2013 5:31 pm at 5:31 pm #532591
I don’t think legalization could happen here
From the article:
Portugal’s move to decriminalize does not mean people can carry around, use, and sell drugs free from police interference. That would be legalization. Rather, all drugs are “decriminalized,” meaning drug possession, distribution, and use is still illegal. While distribution and trafficking is still a criminal offense, possession and use is moved out of criminal courts and into a special court where each offender’s unique situation is judged by legal experts, psychologists, and social workers. Treatment and further action is decided in these courts, where addicts and drug use is treated as a public health service rather than referring it to the justice system (like the U.S.), reports Fox News.January 30, 2013 5:40 pm at 5:40 pm #532592
Guess I should read the article before commenting :D
Sounds like the Portugal plan could help out the good people of Marion. Isn’t this somewhat similar to how we treat first time drunk drivers (offer treatment in lieu of jail time)? Don’t know if that’s true or not…
I still think the war on drugs has been a colossal waste of resources and feel some drugs should to be legalized (like in WA and CO).January 30, 2013 5:45 pm at 5:45 pm #532593
I still think the war on drugs has been a colossal waste of resources and feel some drugs should to be legalized (like in WA and CO).
For the record, I wouldn’t touch the stuff even if it was legal. Personal choice.
Prohibition on these doesn’t seem to have worked any better than the prohibition on alcohol did.January 30, 2013 5:57 pm at 5:57 pm #532594
Love this! A brilliant and cheap way to bring local/regional and possibly national attention to a micro local problem. A sure fire way to light a fire under the enforcements asses to do more.
Well done, Brad!January 30, 2013 5:58 pm at 5:58 pm #532595
Wow. Some people just feel the need to crap on everything.January 30, 2013 6:14 pm at 6:14 pm #532596
Hey, Ohio made Fark again.
James Richardson, 37, of Perry, Ohio finds himself arrested for allegedly attempting to manufacture crystal methamphetamine with stolen products while inside a Walmart!January 30, 2013 8:33 pm at 8:33 pm #532597
Hey, Ohio made Fark again.
James Richardson, 37, of Perry, Ohio finds himself arrested for allegedly attempting to manufacture crystal methamphetamine with stolen products while inside a Walmart!
Cutting his costs I assume.January 31, 2013 2:09 am at 2:09 am #532598
I’d try crack.February 5, 2013 6:19 pm at 6:19 pm #532599
Marion Residents Discuss Heroin Issue Following Sign Campaign
Tuesday February 5, 2013 6:24 AM
It’s the kind of marketing no community wants: hundreds of signs claiming “Heroin Is Marion’s Economy.” They are dotting streets and front yards. There’s one in Annette Johnson’s yard. “I thought, oh my God, that’s great. Somebody is doing something,” said Johnson.
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