BECOMING A Hellhole?
Some say Eureka's been one for some time. I don't know about that, but Eureka cerainly does seem to have deteriorated people- wise, at least since I moved up here in '73.
Eureka's Acting Police Chief, Murl Harpham, places much of the blame on methamphetamine, going so far as to say, " the treatment programs and lack of punishment enable meth users, attracting users here from other areas. We're giving them the opportunity,”.
I suppose some of that could be true, but I'd have to argue a little about throwing the blame on treatment programs. Do we have more treatment programs for drug addiction as opposed to other communities? I don't know. I'm not in that loop. I suspect some places have more and some have less.
What I find most bothersome about this is Chief Harpham, and other like minded folks, seem to offer no other alternative to methamphetamine abuse than incarceration or being killed.
It would seem to me to be in our best interests to try and get people off meth, if they have a problem with it, rather than keep throwing them in jail or, worst case scenario, ending up in a violent confrontation where someone ends up dead.
Maybe treatment doesn't work with everyone, but it seems to me to be the logical first step if one has an uncontrollable problem with drugs. I personally don't want to be left with incarceration or killing as the only ways to deal with the problem.