Just a forewarning, I may rant a bit here. You see, I am pissed! I mean pissed! My little small hometown in rural Virginia just posted over 100 indictments this month. 100! I mean, seriously, that is barely less than an entire graduating class at the high school. How is this even possible? Did the entire town go insane or are criminals rushing to move into the town boasting 3 red lights? The short answer…drugs. They are everywhere, I know, but these small towns offer nothing else for these teens and young adults while the older generations make leaving seem like some form of sin. Now, do not get me wrong. I make no excuses for these people because I made it out and many of my former classmates have even managed to stay in the town without winding up on one of these lists. But, in the same breath, many of them have not.
But this makes me wonder, what happens to these people? What happens to their families? Everyone loses when someone commits a crime. Clearly, to prevent victimization, it is necessary to get criminals and drug abusers off of the street. It is a harsh reality of the world that we live in. But, have you ever stopped to ask yourself why? Why is it just understood that half of the people that you went to high school with will either be on drugs, commit a crime, or deceased by the time you celebrate your 40th birthday? Why are we not changing this statistic?
It is simple, every problem has a cause and every problem has a solution even if the solution seems to evade us. Monthly roundups of all of the deviants in society have yet to improve the drug problem across the United States. Printing their names in the paper alongside their crimes has yet to stop the users from using, selling, and committing crimes to purchase their fix. It simply is not working.
I do not claim to have the answer, but rather I am hoping to start a dialogue. One that will prompt us all to consider these statistics when we look into the eyes of our children and grandchildren. Can we put our collective brains together? Can we share stories with others that may help them to come out of their addiction or to come up with a way to help others? One hundred people in a small town in one month! Something has to change before I have nowhere to call my hometown.
When a change is necessary, change what you are doing!