"Rivera had a substantial customer base in Hazleton"

Alleged ringleader nabbed: Drug operation brought $31M of cocaine into area, authorities say

Take a look at this story and it should be easy to figure out that Hazleton, like many other metropolitan areas, has a drug abuse problem. Why do communities have a drug abuse problems? Do drug dealers force people to take drugs? It must be similar to the way that “illegal” immigrants take jobs.

The truth is that drugs are consumed by people of all backgrounds, ages, and races. The reason groups like these are able to bring drugs into an area and make so much money is due to their customers. If we want to stop this type of activity then we have to educate our children a little better to stay away from these life destroying substances.

It’s time to start taking responsibility for this problem through better education and by caring for one another. Simply saying drugs are bad or “say no to drugs” and then abandoning someone emotionality will not keep them from using drugs. With nobody to care for them, or pay attention to them, children, and the adults they become, will easily be led into these vices.

Without a customer base their would be no drugs or drug dealers. End of Story.

So Daniel, and the others from Voice Of The People USA, maybe you should start using your voice to deal with the major drug abuse problem Hazleton seems to have. Then you would see real and positive results that don’t involve groups like Storm Front.

I have read that Hazleton is setting up a methadone clinic which just furthers the claim that this city has a big drug problem.

From: Area needs methadone clinic

So why does Hazleton need a methadone clinic?

Ed Pane, a lifetime city resident who is president and CEO of Serento Gardens: Alcoholism and Drug Services, laid out a strong case in a column, published Monday’s on the Standard-Speaker Opinion page.

Heroin addiction has become a huge problem here and methadone treatment is an important part of the effort to help addicts, Pane wrote.

Cocaine Use 2002-2004

From the White House Drug Policy website:

Extent of Use

According to the 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 33.7 million Americans ages 12 and older had tried cocaine at least once in their lifetimes, representing 13.8% of the population ages 12 and older. Approximately 5.5 million (2.3%) has used cocaine in the past year and 2.4 million (1.0%) had used cocaine within the past month.5

The 2005 NSDUH results also indicate that there were 872,000 persons aged 12 or older who had used cocaine for the first time within the past 12 months. This is a statistically significant reduction from 2002 when there were more than one million past year cocaine initiates.6

Among students surveyed as part of the 2006 Monitoring the Future study, 3.4% of eighth graders, 4.8% of tenth graders, and 8.5% of twelfth graders reported lifetime use of cocaine. In 2005, these percentages were 3.7%, 5.2%, and 8.0%, respectively.7


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