If you care about the future, attend Owen drug forum

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By John Whitlock

Every community in the United States typically has a drug problem to one extent or another.
Typically, the people who make up the community turn a blind eye and hope drug addiction doesn’t touch their family.
Owen County isn’t a typical community.
Thursday night, local law enforcement, medical professionals and local government will reach out to the community for help from the people who make up this community.
In other communities where I have worked, prescription pills, marijuana, and meth were the drugs of choice. In fact, I don’t ever remember a single heroin-related arrest.
But in Owen County, heroin arrests are fairly commonplace.
If you talk to local law enforcement, they will tell you that the proximity to Cincinnati and Newport creates a pipeline for heroin.
Although any form of drug abuse should alarm people, heroin has a special stigma and as a community, we should join together to help turn the tide.
The drug forum will be held Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Owen County High School and will focus on the severity of the drug problem in Owen County.

And now a word about Boston ...
If the events last week pointed out anything it would be that the news media and deadlines aren’t such a bad thing.
If you watched the national news media, you probably heard four or five different versions of events, there was another suspect or two escaping Boston on a train bound for Connecticut and that the two suspects were fighting for Chechen liberation from Russia.
In times of crisis, we have been programmed to glue ourselves to the news networks and follow every word.
That was because we trusted the journalists involved to give the American people the truth - the confirmed, timely and accurate truth.
There is an old saying in newspaper newsrooms “It’s more important to be right than it is to be first.”
I’m usually one of the first people to defend the media when they are working on a deadline but when you watch reporters digging up on-line information that may or may not be related to the suspects, you have to question not only the quality of the information you’re receiving but the desperation of the journalists.
My mom used to warn me “sometimes it’s better to sit in silence and for people to think you are a fool than open your mouth and confirm their suspicions.” I think she stole that piece of wisdom from another source but I’ll let her slide on that one.
 When we turn to the national news media in a time of crisis, we deserve their best work and that includes working hard to deliver the truth, not speculation and unconfirmed rumors.