Casualties mount in Manatee over drug war.
My house was raided with a no-knock-warrant via a "Crime Stoppers" tip. They found nothing, except for throwing me to the ground and calling my addiction treatment doctor, who now won't treat me.
An HIPAA investigator is involved now. Every week the Herald mentions heroin overdoses due to the "pill crackdown."
A friend, let's call him "Mike," was arrested last week for possession. Like many Americans he doesn't know his rights and that he can deny a search of his body or belongings.
Never miss a local story.
They found two Valium pills on him ($4 street value). Mind you, he is legally prescribed this medicine for anxiety, yet he ran out early and used the "street corner pharmacist."
Felony! Life is over. He will wear a scarlet letter for life.
A few days later, "Mike" was arrested while riding his bicycle; the officer claimed the light needed to be on the bike, not on his head. So he was arrested again for same charge.
He is now facing two felony charges over two useless and petty crimes. He loves to smoke marijuana -- but the company he works for drug tests. He can pass with any narcotic so long as a doctor writes it! But marijuana? No.
Mike will never be a professional again. He will be adjudicated guilty, unable to vote, own a gun, or have a professional license. Instead of "treating" him or instead of getting help, they are just going to throw him in jail.
How is this right? After what I saw, America is slowly becoming a police state. This is why Rand Paul is the only Republican able to attract young voters, that is, if they can still vote after this war on drugs.
Re-think our drug laws, please!
Jack K. Cole III