February 10, 2013

Angel Dust, PCP, Crack Oh My...

I remember growing up in the 80's. It was party central. More like a party decade. You had mayors like Marion Barry being arrested for smoking crack at the end of a long drawn out decade of decadence. You had rocks stars living the life of drugs and music. And movies glorified sex, drugs and partying.

I remember growing up in a  small town that had nothing more then a 2 bit store, mini post office and 3 truck fire department. And we had teenagers overdosing on Angel Dust and flipping out on PCP. Matter of fact, my neighbors oldest daughter at the time, overdosed in front of our house one night on Angel Dust. She lived and had since moved on. Wasn't too long into my JR high years that there were many reported issues of stamps (you know the ones that go on mail for the USPS), being handed out and laced with acid.

The so called War On Drugs was never effective. In blind sight, it was more a waste of money then anything. Decades later, drugs are still flowing into the country. More and more dangerous drugs are being created and a majority of the drug slums still exist that were around 4 decades ago.

The second decade in the new millenia may not be as much as a party as the 80's was, but the drugs are, or at least seem to be a lot more dangerous. You still have marijuana and coke and crack. But the new kids on the block are more deadly and more addictive. So called Bath Salts.

Last time I knew, bath salts were something you put in the tub with water to soak in to relieve muscle aches. Now we have kids smoking shit like this. Now, I've always been behind the rally or movement, what ever you want to call it, to legalize weed. I've never seen it do things to a person that these other drugs and all this homemade shit do to a person. And I've never seen anyone "addicted" to it like one does with Meth and crack.

These new bath salts however are a whole different kind of monster. I'm not talking another Freddy Krueger or Jason here either. In Florida a lone, there have been multiple accounts of people who have been strung out on this garbage, that they tried eating someone alive. The starting of the Zombie Apocalypse? Even in Texas, a man was busted while strung out, eating a dog alive. WTF!!!!!!

So where is this going? Well, early yesterday morning, in the town next to where I grew up at the 24hr truck stop, a 15 year old was arrested after beating and biting his aunt. He too was strung out on Bath Salts. Now granted, there is jack shit to do in these small towns. But this??  Bath Salts have been banned in NY state for sale and possession since August of last year.

What has me worried is, that after 20+ years of working at school, my moms job was lost along with a lot of others. So she needed to find new work. She now works the front guest counter at this truck stop. There are some nights that she works til midnight or there after.

Now, I've had my share of scuffles in this place on a Friday or Saturday night after a night out with friends at the bar. Always seemed to be the same group of locals that started things. And there has been no blood loss between the two towns. But since then, it has been quite the family restaurant on the weekends.

My biggest worry is some young teenager or some person strung out on these Bath Salts shows up and starts shit. Normally there are no cops around until called. And by time they get there, damage is already been accumulated.

It's bad that I now have to have worry that my mom will be okay at her place of work. Granted, it maybe an isolated incident. But none the less, it makes one worry for the safety of friends and family.

The punishment for selling and possession of these substances, like most other laws is weak. They need to be ramped up. $500 fine and 15 days in jail? Really? How about $2000 and 30 days for the first offense and  accumulative $2000 and another 60 days for every offense there after? Plus the forfeiture of personal property until the fine is paid, which it must be paid before the jail term is over. Plus, no help from the government in the form of cash assistance and food stamps for half a year for the first offense and accumulative extra half for each other offense.

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