fayette county, meth, crime, guns, your kids!

drugs are out of control! that phrase is so tired and to me, seemed to have lost its dramatic impact years ago. it is somebody else's problem right? we live in a conservative small town with good values right?

well times are changing. fayette county is still a great place to live, and a wonderful community to call home, but there is a dark cancer that is growing in our midst that too many of us turn a blind eye to, or are knowingly sweeping under the rug.

fayette county has a growing sub-culture or community of late-teen to early twenty-somethings who are spreading drugs and crime throughout our county and beyond. you know who I am talking about. they look like emimem. they don't have jobs. they are leaching off of their families for years after reaching adult-hood. they stay out at night, all night. disappear for days at a time. when they are home, they are monsters. sleeping for days, stirring only to eat and then crawling back to whatever corner of your home they infect. their appearance changes over time. they loose weight. their moods are not normal, and if you think back over time to the person you once knew, this is not them.

with all of that said, I have one in my family. you probably do too. the fact is that as shameful as it is to admit it, if you knocked on ten doors in your neighborhood, I am willing to bet that at least seven of the people you asked, if responding truthfully, would tell you that they have a friend or close family member who is a drug addict.

unfortunately, we all like to sweep those little secrets under the rug. he11, we probably contributed to their problems in some way, and we are kinda responsible right? WRONG!

we all have to take a stand against allowing this kind of behavior to take it's toll on OUR lives. it is only our fault if we recognize it and allow it to continue, even if all we are doing is providing food or lodging for a family member who, "can't quite get it together."

if you think that you may have a person like this in your life, look around? don't deny the possibility. make a stand in your home and lay down some rules that you will enforce, and be ready to put this person out of your life if they push you to that point. doing anything else only enables them to continue their behaviors, which believe me, will get worse.

we all have to take responsibility for this in our own homes first, and then we will see the effect spread to the benefit of our community as a whole.

now you may ask yourself, why worry, what's the harm? you may even smoke a joint or snort a line here and there yourself. if you love these people and even remotely give a d@amn about what happens to them, the harm is this:

meth destroys the mental faculties of it's users. your loved one is sinking deeper into self induced brain damage. do you think that they will ever get out of your house and get a job when they are permanently mentally retarded.

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Submitted by Sailon on Fri, 12/16/2005 - 12:28pm.


Submitted by bsmith719 on Wed, 12/28/2005 - 11:30am.

spoken with much passion! Most folks on the taskforce either are affected personally through a family member or friend who is an addict, recovering or not- or through their professions. No one wants to see our nice safe community ruined by drugs and assorted crimes that are associated. THEREFORE, we are counting on professionals, parents and citizens to rise up and make it hard for- no, let's make it impossible for that sub-culture to freely exist behind those closed doors where they are wrecking havoc with the family who loves them and either thinks they can "love them" out of the addiction or has no clue what to do with their addiction. Knowledge of "what can and should be done" brings power and support for action. Please join us at our next meeting.

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Submitted by Leoah Whineknott on Mon, 01/02/2006 - 3:28am.

When and where are your meetings held?

Leoah Whineknott

Submitted by bsmith719 on Mon, 01/02/2006 - 6:35pm.

Our next mmeting is Tuesday night, January 10- 7 PM at the Municipal Court located at the Fayetteville Police Department on Jimmie Mayfield Drive. For more info just email me- bsmith719@bellsouth.net
Becky Smith

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