Good Tuesday morning. Here’s a look at opinion content published today in The Journal News
Heroin in the suburbs: Editorial
We comment on a special report from staff writer Marcela Rojas that detailed the rise in suburban heroin use. To fight this challenge, we encourage prevention:
… Parents can take an easy step to help avert temptation: cleaning out medicine cabinets of leftover painkillers and other prescription drugs and properly disposing of them — thus ridding homes of what experts see as “gateway drugs” to heroin.
“Kids take it from their parents’ medicine cabinets and then they get hooked,” Sgt. Young told Rojas. Rockland County Court Judge Charles Apotheker, who presides over the county’s Drug Court and is on the faculty of the National Drug Court Institute, also sees the link between prescription drugs and heroin. “In many cases the young people I have been seeing in Drug Court gained easy access to these drugs from the medicine chests in their own homes,” Apotheker wrote in a May 14 Community View. “They’ve found vials of unused Vicodin, Percocet, Darvocet, OxyContin and other opiate and non-opiate-based pain medications that were prescribed for their parents … . Once the pills in the home are gone, already addicted young people will then seek to obtain those very same pills on the street. Because it is significantly cheaper to buy heroin on the street than prescription medications, a certain percentage of them will switch to heroin, which is also an opiate.”
Ridding homes of such medication isn’t as simple as tossing them in the trash or dropping them down the drain (traces of such prescription medication, from psychotropics to opiates, end up in the water supply if they are not disposed of properly). Contact your county’s household hazardous waste agency or local police department to find out how and where you can properly dispose of prescription drugs before they fall into the wrong hands, likely those close to home.
Westchester County government: Commentary
County Executive Rob Astorino offers a Community View in which he responds to recent news on politically-motivated appointments within his administration.
Here’s a glance at what our colleagues are saying today:
Make disclosure mean just that: Editorial, Albany Times Union
Regulate this waste: Editorial, The Buffalo News
Ethics bill would shine a light: Editorial, Newsday
Dead meat: Editorial, Daily News