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Not my kid

Published May 30, 2012 by justicewg

I attended the presentation on Black Tar heroin at the high school on May 29th, the speakers were Officer Jackson from the Grandview police, and the parent of a Worthington Christian High School graduate who died of a heroin overdose on May 11th of this year.

The police showed slides of the drugs, and they played YouTube videos about the effects of drugs. They talked about the increase in use of heroin in the county. Although the drug is used in the poor parts of the county, the big increases are in middle and upper income areas. They didn’t get into the specifics of how drug dealers operate, it sounded like the article I read in the L.A. Times was similar to the way things are done here. It’s not a “dealers with guns selling on corners” like the Wire TV show, it’s very low key, secretive, relatively low price product. If you see something that looks like a drug deal on the streets of Grandview, you are probably wrong.

If you sat through a dare program as a kid in school, you have the general idea about the police presentation. I don’t know why they still do the “alcohol and marijuana lead to heroin” bit. It’s factually true that people who do heroin start with those drugs, but it’s not true that children who use alcohol and pot axiomatically move on to harder drugs. This is not supported by the statistics, or the experience parents had in their own drug use when they were young. There is some support for a relationship between Oxycontin abuse and heroin, the police should go with that and stop the “reefer madness”.

A parent spoke about the death of their 21 year old son, just 2 weeks ago. It was heartbreaking to hear of a young man who was well liked, active in sports and the community, who became addicted to Oxy, then heroin. He went into a treatment program, suffered through withdrawal, and on the 19th day of his treatment was allowed to go home. The next day he scored and died of an overdose. It was a devastating story, the nightmare of any parent. My condolences to the family.

I can’t help but think back though, to something D. Steven Allen, the former superintendent at Grandview said about kids with drug problems. “People who are using drugs (and their parents) tend to think that everyone else is doing it also, so their anecdotal evidence is not useful”. The parent who spoke this evening had the same conviction about widespread drug abuse, and suggested that all parents should be drug testing their kids for all drugs, all the time. That’s not going to happen. Most parents would consider themselves failures if they needed to constantly test their kids.

I think that same attitude of “not my kids” resulted in the low attendance. It’s hard to tell who was there as a concerned parent, but I’m guessing no more than 15 were at the meeting. One parent stood up and said “how will we make this a serious issue in the community when so few parents are here?” To answer that question, my guess is that preventing heroin use will not be a big issue until a kid dies in Grandview. I’m hoping that doesn’t happen. I think most parents have the same attitude.


Reading the TW-TVN May 3, 2012

Published May 7, 2012 by justicewg

I’m still trying to figure out how to abbreviate the new Grandview combo newspaper. The Tri-Village News was TVN and ThisWeek Grandview was TWG. The ThisWeek publishers violated the corpse of the TVN and use that name in the masthead of the new paper. I don’t feel like going along with this grave robbing by calling the new combo paper TVN, and TW-TVN is too many letters.

The website for the newspaper smashup is so poor that I can’t even link to any of the news articles I want to comment on. Maybe this is just a transition period, but if the publishers think that the ThisWeek website is “good enough” we are well on the road to crappy local news coverage.

Find the dead tree version of the newspaper for these articles.

Keep the adults out of it?

A letter to the editor from M. Lombardo points out a quote from Grandview superintendent O’Reilly was not so hot. “Keep the adults out of it, it screws up the process” (said in the context of a bullying meeting) does imply that kids will be left on their own, and if the bullying doesn’t stop then the victim needs to try harder.

There are endless experts and consultants who have the secret to stop bullying. After a quick survey I think they can be summarized as so:

  1. Teach kids how to respect each other, use mentors, teach the victims to deflect and de-escalate, and ask for help with the worst offenders.
  2. Don’t turn the school into an enforcement agency for policing every slight between kids. They have to be mostly left alone for part one to work

If super O’Reilly was caught emphasizing part two and they missed him saying part one, he was unfairly quoted. However, there is a very obvious reason for administrators to push part 2, they have enough work dealing with kids who break the school rules, refereeing every fight between kids adds to the workload. I wonder how O’Reilly will respond to this letter. Criticism of the super in the newspaper is a rare item in Grandview. *

Gang of Foxes, more Heroin

The police reports leads with a odd story about a pair of foxes that attacked a newspaper carrier at the intersection of Cardigan and Roxbury. I’ve had it with these roving gangs of Fox employees making it impossible to walk outside in Marble Cliff. It’s time to round up a posse and track down these no-good “news anchors” and deliver a sound beating. Rupert is in so much hot water that we can get away with it.

Some heroin left over in a rental unit after a DEA drug bust back in March was reported to the Grandview police. So now we know that the DEA can’t do a thorough search, and the Grandview police has to hold the drugs and ask the DEA if they want their stuff. The part of the article where they are “waiting to hear if the DEA will take possession of the drugs” sounds like some cop snark to me.


*Something interesting is happening with the searches that bring visitors to this website (my site stats allow me to see the words that are used). Some are using terms that sound like they are accusing Lombardo of attacking O’Reilly. Knowing the defenders of the super and the SSG, I could see them overreacting to the letter in the paper and go into an attack on the people who are asking for their kids to be protected from bullies.

No, I’m not joking. There are people in Grandview who are so dedicated to defending the superintendent and suppressing complaints from parents that we could have a backlash against the parents of the bullied kids (see my long story about the SSG). We may have the parents of the victims of bullying being bullied by other parents. It may not be played out in the newspaper, but the word could get sent to them that they are being “whiners” and they should STFU.

Message to parents of bullied kids – please document any such complaints you receive, and send them to me.

Black Tar Heroin in Grandview

Published May 2, 2012 by justicewg

The following email was sent to Grandview parents through the school mailing list.

Recently, I was contacted by the Grandview Heights Chief of Police.  He shared a concern about the growing use of Black Tar Heroin by central Ohio youth.  Several deaths of young adults have occurred in local communities.  Recently a number of arrest for use/possession of Black Tar Heroin have been made in Grandview Heights.  The police department will be presenting information to all high school students on May 9 regarding the dangers of this highly addictive drug.  In addition, the police have agreed to hold an evening meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday May 29 in the high school auditorium for our community.  I have had the opportunity to view the presentation and I feel it is important information for our community.  I hope you can join us on the evening of May 29, 2012.  Please feel free to call or e-mail me with questions or concerns.

Ed O’Reilly

My experience attending the information program posted, Not My Kid.

Heroin in the news –
Northland area hub of heroin trade Nov. 2010
Heroin habit grows among Ohio’s youth April 2011
Grandview Heights Police Warn Teens Of Black-Tar Heroin May 2012
This LA Times article is the best introduction to the methods used by Black Tar dealers –A lethal business model targets Middle America

From a March 2013 TV story, a December 2012 traffic stop resulted in 20 grams of black-tar heroin being found in the vehicle, and the Grandview police acompanied the Columbus SWAT team on a bust on the south side that found more of the drug.