* DOUBLE STANDARDS?Posted on January 27th, 2013 4 comments* Wow! All of a sudden I feel like crap. I hope it’s not the flu and is just a gut-wrenching, stomach churning reaction to reading the Sunday No-News. Hope to be back tomorrow.
“IT IS ILLEGAL!”
District Attorney Craig Stedman said he was not informed of the new syringe-exchange operation and that he’d welcome an opportunity to discuss the legal ramifications with city officials and harm-reduction representatives.
“Under the law, it is illegal,” he said. “It’s paraphernalia for drug use.”
From today’s front-page article by Jeff Hawkes, “Reduce HIV by trading syringes with addicts?” (click here).
Ummm…it might be a good idea to discuss the legal ramifications as the city police just spent thousands and thousands of dollars to arrest two people for allegedly having drug “packaging materials,” (see the stories immediately below).
Please check back later today.
4 responses to “* DOUBLE STANDARDS?”
concerned citizen January 27th, 2013 at 10:37
Insulin syringes can be legally purchased in quantity WITHOUT A PRESCRIPTION at any drug store, including Walmart (where a box of 100 sells for $10 to $20, depending on size).
No wonder Lancaster County Prison is so overpopulated that we wanna send prisoners to other county prisons. Like concerned citizen stated, syringes are perfectly legal. Even so, think of all the health issues and tax dollars being saved by handing out free needles.
Are any for profit prisons operating in Pa? Some states go out of their way to populate them.
I’d be very suspicious if, in lieu of enlarging the existing prison, they opt for placing people in for profit prisons. I noticed not long ago that suddenly the prison problem is being noticed by people who ignored it for years. I’m naturally suspicious about such things.
@huh – I lived in a state with profit prisons, if that’s what you call them. It sure takes the burden off of county taxpayers and distributes it state wide. Prison overcrowded? They enlarge it and bill the state. That means the folks in Blair County pay for prisoners in Lancaster County. Much more money is distributed evenly with private prisons. That’s why I absolutely hate the township systems here in PA. You pay quadruple the cost for schools that 95% of the nation. You also pay much, much more for local services than the rest of the nation. Don’t complain when you hold on to the Queen’s way of government and no one fights to disband it. Ever notice that PA has twice as many State Representatives than every state in the nation? Or that PA is the only state that allows townships to collect money for interstate highway enforcement (tickets)? Or that your tax money pays for both, township and county supervisors, even if that township has less than 10,000 people? You ever notice that you pay for three types of roadways – state, local and county? Ever notice that pay for several municipalities worth of utilities, depending on where you live? Ever notice that you pay twice as high for police when the State Police are free? Why would pay for local police when the State Police are free? You think you would get less of a response time? More coverage area equals more state police. I’ll tell you why you have township police – so your local king and queen of 20,000 people can have their own castle guards. Lititz Borough is less than a square mile but yet they have their own police, their government and their road maintenance. How much do you think they’d save if they disbanded all that and went with county or state coverage?
You all complain, but thank your lucky stars – you have it made. And you pay dearly for it too. Suckers. PA – the last kingdom in the nation.