There has been lots of titillating gossip here in Carlsbad about drug trafficking and ancillary bad behavior. I don’t know if any of it is true. I don’t want to know if a bunch of it is true. I don’t want to dwell on that aspect.
I have heard recently that young people only experiment with alcohol and drugs because “there is nothing to do in Carlsbad.” If you buy that argument, you have to explain why towns with many more distractions than Carlsbad have it just as bad or even far worse than we do.
I listened to a discussion this week about what Carlsbad could use in the way of outlets that could engage young people and keep them from being suckered into the killing trap of recreational drug use. I am unconvinced. We have the natatorium, the recreation center, the Boy’s and Girl’s club, softball, baseball, tennis, easy access to the river, fishing, skate boarding, hunting, biking, hiking, dance organizations, car clubs and lots more than I can list briefly. I am unconvinced that a few more things would dissuade anyone. Examine the “options” that the chief accused drug traffickers have had in their lives. Do you think they lacked other distractions?
I read some comments in recent weeks that the drug task force has been slow to respond to local recreational drug use. That doesn’t hold water either. Enforcement may very well have a deterrent effect, but by the time Law Enforcement is involved, the problem is already in full bloom.
Why do people of any age think it is okay to evade their lives? Why does anyone choose to deny personal responsibility for themselves? Why is it that pursuing a “high” can be more important than anything else? What responsibility do you and I have to value, cherish and celebrate sobriety?
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Carlsbad, NM 88220