Valley has a drug problem
February 26, 2014
Do a search for the word heroin on The Record-Courier's website and you'll find an even two-dozen over the last year. The same search for the word methamphetamine reveals nearly 50 references during the same time period.
A substantial number of the cases involving these drugs also involve some sort of property crime.
On Monday, a man admitted to walking out of the Gardnerville Walmart with a big-screen television.
Logan Anderson said he sold the television for $250 to support his 3-gram-a-day heroin habit.
He's not even the only Logan incarcerated in Douglas County for taking a television out of Walmart to support a heroin habit.
People who are addicted to drugs don't have that many career choices in Carson Valley. Often they either are selling drugs or stealing to support their habits.
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One of the four people accused in the beating death of a state insurance official said methamphetamine was a factor in that crime.
If you counted all the people in those 74 drug stories, it would account for the slimmest fraction of a percent of the population of Carson Valley.
But like an iceberg, the drug problem has a tendency to conceal most of its mass where no one can see it.
We believe Carson Valley has a drug problem that includes those who use drugs, those affected by drug-related thefts, the costs of prosecuting, treating, and jailing those who can't stop on their own.