NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Opinion

October 7, 2013

Our view: Pushing back heroin's tide

Over the past few weeks, local police have been giving residents of Greater Newburyport some excellent insight into their ongoing fight against heroin.

It is an ugly side of our society, but one that we need to know about and confront. To that end, we applaud local police departments for showing us what they are doing and for noting that the problem is larger than they have the capacity to solve. Police need the public’s help in beating back heroin use and drug deals, and we in the public need to step up and lend that help.

Since August, a number of busts have taken place in Newburyport, Salisbury, Merrimac and Amesbury. Dealers and drug users have been caught, but the problem is far from solved. Heroin is a relatively inexpensive and highly addictive drug that is easy to transport and can be quickly sold.

Police had a victory last week with the arrest of a handful of people involved in the drug trade. But as Newburyport Police Marshal Thomas Howard said, “It’s a step in the right direction. I think we have a long way to go in the city.”

People should be alarmed by the locations where these drug deals are taking place — for instance Newburyport’s rail trail and Cashman Park, fast food parking lots on Route 110 in Amesbury, and a CVS parking lot in Salisbury Square. These are not back alleys — these are places frequented by thousands of people, places that are considered safe and family-friendly.

It’s important to note that heroin use is a major motive for theft crimes. In Amesbury for example, police charged a man with going on a 9-month crime spree in his Main Street neighborhood. He broke into dozens of cars, as well as homes and garages, stealing thousands of dollars worth of valuables and causing significant problems for his victims. It took months for police to identify and arrest him.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
Grizzly Bears Get Snowy Birthday Party Florida State Ends Top Of the 5th With Bizarre Play vs Jacksonville | ACC Must See Moment Kate Upton Loves Her Body, Every Part Of It Weatherman draws forecast when another technical glitch strikes WGN Elizabeth Olsen's Sexy Shoot Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 1 WATCH: Women Fight To Marry Prince Harry! Jenny McCarthy Engaged to "New Kid" Kate and Will Land in Oz O’Reilly Launches Preemptive Strike Against CBS Pixar Unveils Easter Eggs From its Biggest Movies Baby Sloths Squeak for Their Cuddle Partners in Adorable Video Miley Cyrus Hospitalized After Severe Reaction To Medicine Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Toddler climbs into vending machine 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Much-Anticipated 'Gone Girl' Trailer Finally Debuts! (VIDEO) Dog and Toddler Wear Matching Outfits in Adorable Photo Series
Special Features
NRA Waterfront Plans