Hello Quincy, You Have a Bad Meth Problem!
In case you didn't notice, in Sunday's Quincy Herald Whig there was a listing of recent Circuit Court activity. In that listing on page 12-E, there were 27 cases involving people who were arrested for using, delivery, possession or selling of methamphetamines. A few days before the drug task force arrested some 14 people in a sting operation in Quincy.
There isn't a day that goes by that more people are being arrested for drug use or sales in this area. This is a serious problem and one that we cannot stick our heads in the sand and believe it will just go away. The problem is causing an overload of prisoners in the Adams County Jail with no end in sight.
The problem the way I see it is that Meth is too easy to make and it is too easy to make money selling it in hopes you don't get caught as well. That's a bad combination. If you notice the arrests lately are involving people in their 40's and 50's so if you think this is a young person's problem, think again! Again, it's too easy to make and to east make money with the stuff.
So how do we solve this problem? First of all, I don't think you can solve it. You can only minimize it. People who want to put these chemicals in there bodies are going to do it. We need to find a way to prevent it from being given to other people. Everything centers around money and that's the key to minimizing the problem. If the makers of meth can't make large amounts of money they will begin to dry up themselves. No one wants the risk of prison for a minimal return of cash. It's when "Big" money is involved that these people take the risks.
So how do you make meth so expensive that people stay away from it? That's the million dollar question or perhaps its a billion dollar question. It's a question that local officials better start to address before we all get "hooked" on the ramifications of meth and those ramifications will not be good.