Thursday, October 14, 2010

KOMO News Reports On Vashon Says No To Crime Public Forum

Vashon Island, the artsy-fartsy hippie paradise, has a drug problem. I'm not talking about someone smoking a joint or perhaps drinking too much occasionally. It's far worse than that. I think it may be time that residents of the island stop denying the existence of the other elephant in the room.

I don't care if someone wants to waste their life using METH or any other hard drug. But I do care when their personal selfishness and total lack of empathy for others leads to some of these unfortunate souls believing it's acceptable to break-in to my neighbor's home, business, shed or vehicle and steal shit to support their sickness. Learning the consequences of their actions is most often the best thing for this type of user, but they often don't realize it when they're in the midst of the craziness.

There is also the very real heartbreak and fear that it brings to the loved ones of the users themselves. Families destroyed, children abused, people around them manipulated and victimized in a cesspool of self indulgence. Hard drug users are often hopelessly lost, and in the fleeting moments when the drug haze clears they usually know it. But often they can see no way out. But there is a way out I assure you. It begins when the thought enters your head that life isn't all about you and your thinking then begins to turn to how your drug use may be effecting others.

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