Does this Area Have a Serious Problem with Illegal Drugs?

Acquaintance Asserts a Monumental Illegal Drug Problem Exists Under our Noses - Is it True?

The informed, well-connected owner of a local business that I patronize recently told me something which I found stunning.

The individual asserts that heroin is now available locally for $10 per "hit," and that Upper St. Clair and Peters Township have a drug problem that is more prevalent than any other area in the country, a phenomenon which the businessperson chalks up to parents providing their children money that they spend irresponsibly and recklessly.

Any illegal drug use phenomenon is not apparent as this area does not have street-corner, open air selling of narcotics nor gun battles over drug debts. 

I would be interested to know the experiences and thoughts of others on this important matter.  Do you believe there is a serious drug problem in these upper middle class communities? If so, on what basis?

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Ed M January 15, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Illegal drug use is ALWAYS a police problem.
B January 15, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Keep turning a blind eye, if you think this hasn't spilled over into the community then you are just trying to ignore it. Illegal drug use, especially heroin, cocaine and pills are and have been a problem in this community for years. Unfortunately, this problem is NOT unique to Upper St. Clair. Upper Middle class communities around the US suffer from the same problems. I know Oren sounds surprised at the 'price' of Heroin, nothing has changed in a decade, it is the same as it has always been. The drugs don't magically make their way to USC, our kids are driving to various Pittsburgh neighborhoods and buying the drugs there and then distributing them in school, out of school and around the township.
Roger January 15, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Read the court cases in Wash Co court. Sometimes, nearly all of them are drug related cases. Read the Police reports from the local Patch sites. Sometimes, every entry is drug related. Thinking a problem doesn't exist, or thinking it does not effect the local community is denying the inevitable. A few months ago, somebody who spends much time with teens as part of his work told me the feedback goes something like this: I can go out and buy anything you want and be back in 30 minutes. The kids in our affluent communities have the money to buy what they want, when they want. Why do you think the dealers that are busted often have large sums of cash, and a large inventory of this stuff? Dealers only exist because there is a market. Law enforcement, municipal officials, and school officials are mum for obvious reasons.
Glenn Robinson January 16, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Let me be clear. We have treated drug addiction as a law enforcement issue for decades. The costs to society have been tremendous and we have seen little in the way of positive results. In fact, this approach has caused additional societal issue. It is time to treat addiction for what it is, a public health issue. Gambling addiction and alcohol addiction are just as detrimental as drug addiction. But we mange them as public health issues and it works. Why not treat drug addiction the same way? Why not treat the addict instead of locking him or her in prison? As for the casual user, as long as you don't disturb the rights of others, have at it. If you want to sit around and do harmful things to yourself that is not my problem. Just like I don't care if you want to drink a six pack while watching the game on TV, it is none of my business. However, If your substance use brings you to steal, crash your car or do other things, well, we already have laws to cover those situations. I propose a different, rational approach to drug use.
Ed M January 16, 2013 at 11:43 AM
"As for the casual user, as long as you don't disturb the rights of others, have at it." And this type of attitude is part of the problem. Oh it doesn't affect me! Yeah it does. Those kids sitting around smoking dope in their parents basement could be breaking into your house stealing your flat screen TV to sell to by more dope they can smoke in their parents basement.


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