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Old 09-03-2019, 08:45 AM
 
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Author apparently wants to take a shot at WV <<cut>>.

"‘The nightmare everyone is worried about’: HIV cases tied to opioids spike in West Virginia county’ 09/02/2019 07:57 AM EDT
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/...rginia-1668389

Cabell County has reported 74 cases since January 2018, primarily among drug users sharing contaminated needles. The recent surge in infections represents the convergence of two major health epidemics, HIV and opioids…


The fact that the uptick is happening in a rural county with an unusually robust public health system — <<cut>> — may be fortuitous for officials trying to prevent a broader outbreak. But the fact that the cases have occurred despite the county's surveillance and prevention is also worrisome….


Cabell County’s efforts are also being aided by Marshall University, located in its largest city of Huntington. The medical school has helped expand access to medication-assisted treatment, considered the gold standard for fighting opioid addiction, and it is providing HIV testing in the emergency department and treating HIV-positive patients..."

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Old 09-04-2019, 03:40 AM
 
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Herald Dispatch article from the first public forum regarding the HIV cluster in Huntington and Cabell County. https://www.herald-dispatch.com/news...deeafec8a.html

From the article: "Perdue added that there is a false notion that the syringe exchange itself attracts transient individuals from other areas to use Cabell County's needle services - pointing out there are well over 300 registered syringe exchanges across the country, including dozens in West Virginia and the regional Ohio River Valley."

It was also stated on the WSAZ broadcast Thursday morning that Dr. Kilkenny, physician director of the Cabell-Huntington Health Department, is quoted in that the department has received fewer complaints regarding citizens finding discarded needles out in the community and that more needles are being dropped off than those going out in the exchange program.
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Old 09-04-2019, 03:52 AM
 
Location: Winfield, WV
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People are so focused on weather to have needle exchange or not, they are forgetting the real issue at hand. We need to tackle the drug problem! Instead of setting our attention on catering to people with drug addictions, we need to be stopping drugs from coming into our communities. That should be a #1 priority.
We eliminate the drugs, then the needle exchange program is no longer a talking point.
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Old 09-04-2019, 04:20 AM
 
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I believe in theory, that is logical and the proper course of action. However, let my cynical side speak for a moment. In the history of our country's "War on Drugs", we haven't won one day of that battle. And if you look at that same history, the data, the trends, etc., we aren't going to win.

We should keep trying to win but we also have to address the problems and issues directly in front of us. If we don't, many innocent people will get hurt by a lack of action.
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Old 09-04-2019, 06:01 AM
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Location: Ashe Co. NC
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We have never waged a real war on drugs..no severe economic sanctions on South American drug producing countries, no precision air strikes on drug lords, we fire warning shots at drug boats hauling drugs instead of kill shots, no death sentences for major drug importers/dealers. Time to do like Turkey or other countries u deal dope get caught u die or serve long sentence in rough prison..no vending machines no tv no weight room hard time after all its prison not a social club!
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Old 09-04-2019, 07:11 AM
 
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Or we could legalize all drugs and divert a certain percentage of correctional funding to mental health services and rehab, much like the direction Portugal took several years ago. After doing so, the numbers of overdoses went down and rehab successes went up.
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Old 09-14-2019, 09:57 PM
 
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We have never waged a real war on drugs..no severe economic sanctions on South American drug producing countries, no precision air strikes on drug lords, we fire warning shots at drug boats hauling drugs instead of kill shots, no death sentences for major drug importers/dealers. Time to do like Turkey or other countries u deal dope get caught u die or serve long sentence in rough prison..no vending machines no tv no weight room hard time after all its prison not a social club!
Ok, honestly. That's kind of nuts.


1) Turkey and Iran have the death penalty but the still have HORRIBLE drug problems and because they play fast and loose with the law, people don't have any rights. We have bad enough problems with people on death row being proved to be innocent and now you could literally get someone killed by renting a storage unit in their name, sticking drugs in it, and calling the cops?
2) How would sanctions affect anything??? The gangs that produce them are strong enough to fight off the governments there.
3) Did you like it when the Peruvian Air Force shot down a plane full of missionaries and killed the entire family? Because that's how you get more of it.
4) Prisons are already rough but you think they're dangerous for the guards now? Just wait until all of those inmates have absolutely nothing to do all day but sit there and get in fights. I'm sure your response will be to "just put them all in maximum security." Well, you wanna guess how much that costs? Say bye-bye to schools, roads, and your precious social security to pay for it.

I swear, some people think they don't need to use their brains if they thump their chests hard enough....
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Old 09-14-2019, 10:03 PM
 
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And FWIW, I used to live in New Orleans. You will never, ever, ever be able to arrest your way out of this problem. No matter how aggressive the cops are, no matter how bad the jails are, you just won't. We had more people in prison or on probation as a percent of our population than any place in the WORLD other than NORTH KOREA and drugs were still all over the place.


Wanna know why?


Because no matter how many people you arrest, there will still be plenty of hopeless, messed-up people who want to buy them and plenty of people who want to make some cash selling them. You arrest a user and I guarantee you she's scoring more drugs before the first full day passes in jail. You arrest a dealer and I guarantee you his customers have found somebody else within a half hour. It's supply and demand and locking everyone up won't change that. You have to figure out what went wrong and give them a better path.
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