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The Effects of Drugs in Rural Communities
drugs are very common in my area and take an impact into the community. Yet being the community of a large population
and growing by the year, the effects of drugs is not as big of an impact as it
is in Klamath Falls.
to Corvallis, it was a pretty small town
adjusting too compared from back at home, yet Klamath Falls really reaches the definition
of Rural Community and having a drug problem definitely puts into affect of the
town. The I-5 is a popular freeway to
traffic drugs from places like Mexico
all the way to rural areas like Oregon and Washington.
we interviewed stakeholder Deputy Clinton Wells, he stressed the problem about
drugs in rural communities including the city he patrols Klamath Falls and Chiloquin. One thing he stressed was the popularity of
Meth labs in Klamath
County and how hard it is
to crack down on the labs. Because of
the terrain and so many forests in Klamath, it’s a perfect hideout for Meth
labs and it’s difficult for cops like Mr. Wells to patrol.
of the class and Deputy Clinton
explained that marijuana, tobacco and Meth are a pretty big problem in the
community and it’s not just affecting the adults but also the youth. Every stakeholder we talked to that dealt
with the community said drugs dealing with the youth are a problem in Klamath
are some things stakeholders stressed about with the problems of drugs and
rates increase due to drugs
increases in the community
are brought into the schools dealing with problems and influencing other youth
G.P.A. as a whole in schools
in the home community and runaway rates go up
rates could possibly go up.
Ways to solve drug problems in rural communities
talking to the stakeholders that dealt with the community, I asked some
questions about the strategies they do to lower the problem with drugs in the
community and youth. Yet because there
city is small especially Chiloquin, they didn’t have the best resources and
abilities to really make an impact than other cities I know could including my
own. Here are something’s I thought they
could possibly do to make a difference in the Klamath County.
the community aware of drug problems so they can put a stop themselves also.
Making the community recognize the problem and making the problem a goal.
up the streets and possible shutting down business that attract drugs.
schools to put awareness programs about drugs to stop students from using
parents to teach their children about drugs and the negative sides of it.
children active with many sports activities so drugs won’t come into mind.
or other rec. centers to keep students out of the streets.
In front of city council which gave us useful information on their
Types of drugs involved in rural communities.
Cocaine: Cocaine is available throughout Oregon. While the powder
form is most prevalent, crack cocaine is found in some urban areas. Mexican
traffickers dominate wholesale distribution, transporting the drug from Mexico, California,
and other southwestern states. Retail quantities are primarily sold by Mexican
drug trafficking organizations, street gangs, prison gangs, and local
Heroin: The most common form of heroin
encountered in Oregon
is Mexican black tar heroin. Mexican drug trafficking organizations primarily
control the transportation and distribution of Mexican black tar and brown
powdered heroin into and throughout Oregon
with Mexican street
gangs and outlaw motorcycle gangs involved to a lesser extent. Black tar heroin
is produced in Mexico and
transported from the Southwest Border states directly to Oregon.
abuse, trafficking, and manufacturing occur in Oregon. Methamphetamine is one of the most
widely abused controlled substances in the state and availability is high. In
the past, powder methamphetamine was most common; however, seizures show a
switch to the more addictive and potent form of meth referred to as “ice” or
Oregon legislators enacted a number of
laws aimed at directly reducing methamphetamine availability and local
production. In July 2006, products containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine,
precursor chemicals used in methamphetamine manufacturing, became Schedule III
controlled substances, available only by prescription. In recent years,
legislation restricted sales of pseudoephedrine by limiting sales to licensed
pharmacies. In addition, pharmacies are required to maintain a log of purchase
transactions and keep products behind a pharmacy counter. Reported clandestine
laboratory seizures have been declining, and the local drug market has been
increasingly supplied with methamphetamine from other southwestern states and Mexico. Mexican
drug trafficking organizations dominate the methamphetamine supply in the Pacific Northwest.
Club Drugs: MDMA
(4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine), GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate), Ketamine, and
LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) are available in varying quantities and are
generally abused at social venues in more populated areas and on college
campuses. Club drugs enter Oregon from a
variety of sources: MDMA from Canada,
Ketamine from Mexico, and
GHB and LSD from California.
Laboratory seizures indicate some local GHB and LSD production. GHB is also
obtained from Internet sources. PCP and Psilocybin mushrooms are generally
available on and around cities with a college student population.
Marijuana: Marijuana, the most abused illegal
drug in Oregon,
is readily available. Its abuse, cultivation, and trafficking are a significant
threat. Medical marijuana initiatives within the state have created additional
challenges as local producers use these laws to conceal their illegal activity.
A signature drive for an initiative that would have made marijuana the lowest
law enforcement priority for Portland
city police and prosecutors failed to obtain the necessary signatures to put
the initiative on the November ballot. Caucasian drug trafficking organizations
dominate the transportation and distribution of marijuana.
Info on types of drugs is
from this site: http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/pubs/states/oregon.html
site to look at:
Other Pictures to Look at:
In front of Klamath County Museum
Javier asking questions to stakeholders
Ya boi trynna look focused…..It was a long
South Valley Bank…..Check out the snacks
Viewing a sweathouse in the rain
Goofin on the dam….Poor Gail broke her ankle…
From left to right: Mike Jones, Gerald, and
Me and Mike
Jason is Juuuuuuiiiiced!!!!!!!