PROTECT THE COMMUNITY; DON'T HUMILIATE THEM
The community seems to be claiming that Summit County teens have drug and alcohol problems. The police say that we are out of control and the paper agrees.
Yes, Summit teens do drink and use illegal substances as everyone has read about in the Summit Daily News. But I feel we are looking at our teens because they are the worst ones and, because they live in Summit County, they should know better.
We teach D.A.R.E in all of our elementary schools and, heck, it worked for me until I got to high school.
Being a person who, at the age of 19, has already attended a substance abuse program for 12 months, I have had a little closer look at what a true drug and alcohol problem is.
Growing up in Breckenridge as a kid is hard because the towns are supposed to be wild and exciting. After all, we are a vacation town where people come to get wasted and go skiing the next day.
Other than going to a party on a Friday or Saturday night, what else is there to do? Well, we could go to a movie but wait, that's what we did last night - and it costs us $20 to pay for the movie and getting a snack and we don't even think about bringing a date because that will cost us at least $40.
It is much cheaper and "more fun" to go out and pick up a handle of vodka for under $15 and you and two or three of your friends are stoked to get wasted.
As I mentioned earlier, I spent seven weeks in the wilderness of Utah at a wilderness recovery program - and it wasn't me and my friends from Summit who were drinking and smoking.
It was kids from the big city that had problems with drugs like cocaine, acid, ecstasy and many more. I have never once seen people have or do crystal meth, heroin, special K, Robotrip or crack.
But I met people who could not live without them. You have a true problem when you beat your girlfriend because she smoked your last rock or took your last bump of ice. We are not hearing about that. Personally, I don't think that it does happen because we live in a small community and word travels fast.
The reason I feel there is so much publicity on the substance abuse in Summit County is because that is how our police departments fill their quotas. Honestly, if there is an arrest that is reported in the paper, it was one of three things: an underage drinking ticket, a fight or cocaine bust at a local bar or another DUI.
They are easy arrests and to me I feel that is what the cops look for.
In conclusion, I feel we should concentrate on protecting our community instead of humiliating the community like the paper and the Breckenridge Police Department has done in the past few weeks to Mr. Joe Weaver.
Summit Daily News (CO)
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