Bobby is a big supporter of the family and consumer sciences project at East High School, and actually turned me on to that story to begin with.
He is in a battle right now that we all need to be a part of. The drug problem in our community is killing our area. Bob is attempting to wage war against the problem in Wheelersburg, and there are people attempting to do the same in the other areas of Scioto County.
Prescription drugs have become the drugs of choice because they are so easy to obtain. I see people standing outside waiting to go in, get their prescriptions, fill those prescriptions, and sell them on the street.
I’m going to call it what it is. Oxycodone is this area’s number one “cash crop.” It is the reason for the huge rash of burglaries, thefts and robberies. It is why Eighth Street is flooded with prostitution. It is why men come from the streets of Columbus, find local women who will let them move in, and sell drugs out of their houses.
And here is the worst part. There would be no reason for people to sell drugs on the streets of Scioto County if there wasn’t such a market for it. I read the police and sheriff’s reports every day. There is so much demand for drugs that people will do anything to get them. That means they will break into your house and steal the things you have worked hard for, so they can get a couple of Oxycontin 80’s. These pills sell for $1 a milligram. So these aimless, worthless, and uncaring individuals will steal from their children, whether it’s food from a school project, or toys at Christmas, to sell to buy drugs. They even occasionally kill someone because they didn’t get the money they were owed for some drugs they provided.
I believe area law enforcement is doing an outstanding job of fighting the war. But it takes a total effort by everyone. If you are addicted, you need to seek help immediately. There are several wonderful agencies in our area who offer services to help. If you know of someone dealing drugs, turn them in. Insist the courts give the maximum sentence to drug offenders. Watch your neighborhoods. Protect your children. Be vigilant. Stop lending credibility to those sources who operate as legitimate medical services, but, in reality, are simply pill pushers.
It’s time to fight. It is time for us to step up and take back our communities.
Drugs are killing our communities and our people.
Let’s choose to change the way things are. We can do it one effort at a time.
Frank Lewis may be reached at (740) 353-3101 Ext. 232