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.
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.