It's time to wage a community war on drugs

May 12, 2014

As a society, it seems we are becoming angrier, less respectful of life and far less grounded in reality than our forefathers.

Several events last week are a case in point. Consider the individual whose family reported he was so upset about a four- to five-hour disruption in phone and cable service he threatened to target local law enforcement and communication companies.

The next day, a small dog was shot in the face in Canton. Earlier in the month, three men were arrested after authorities received a report that liquid morphine being prescribed for pain in a patient receiving end-of-life care was being stolen.

At a local high school, a teen was arrested for threatening to shoot classmates and another teen is facing murder charges in the death of her father. And this is taking place in a county where, overall, people feel relatively safe and fairly insulated from many of the ills that plague our society.

This paper has run story after story about the abuse of prescription drugs and the drug epidemic that has impacted practically every age level and every sector of our society.

While addiction may be a reason for some of the violence in our midst, it is no excuse. Actions taken in anger or under the influence of drugs or alcohol can change lives forever, not just for the individual but for his or her circle of friends and family.

Law enforcement in Haywood County have waged a united and all-out war on illegal drugs and prescription drugs used illegally. This is a community problem and deserves a community solution.

While there are limited numbers of law enforcement officers, we can all be community watchdogs when it comes to paying careful attention to what goes on in our neighborhoods and taking the responsible action.