It’s hard out here for a cop — or a health care worker or social service provider, for that matter.
Opiate use and mental health calls for service are both up in San Diego County, according to new studies from the San Diego Association of Governments. And data from The Urban Institute released this month shows San Diego had the largest underground drug economy, and the third largest combined black market (drugs, guns and sex) among eight major U.S. cities.
Here are some of the most troubling revelations from the studies.
• Ten percent of men booked into jail in San Diego County in 2012 tested positive for opiates (heroin, morphine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone and Codeine), up from 5 percent in 2002. Twelve percent of women booked tested positive in 2012, up from 6 percent ten years earlier.
• Twenty-six percent of adult arrestees reported having tried heroin, up from 17 percent in 2002. Of those who’d used in the last year, 79 percent said it was “very easy” or “easy” to get.
• Officials attributed an increase in heroin use to a rise in prescription painkiller abuse. “From interviews with people in jail,” SANDAG director of criminal justice research Cynthia Burke said, “we learned that heroin is often used as a substitute for prescription opiates because it’s relatively cheap and easy to obtain.”
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One word I didn't see mentioned in the article was the "good drug", the "harmless drug", the "beneficial drug", the "safer than booze" drug. Now that the council is OKing up to 30 dispensaries, i.e. retail outlets, somehow I don't think marijuana will cease being a problem. The idea to limit the stores to no more than 4 per council district sounds egalitarian, but the sellers are unlikely to stand still for that degree of regimentation.
This is a huge problem, but only because law enforcement has no business attempting to enforce overly harsh moralistic laws having no victims.
We use zoning laws to prevent poor people from moving into wealthy neighborhoods under the guise of keeping out the riffraff. Besides inhibiting social mobility and the "American Dream," this kind of segregation by income increases crime and places a greater burden on our police force.
@Jim Jones You suggest there is a simple answer to the high price of real estate and it seems, according to your comments, like you have all the answers. So, please share. What's the answer to the high price of real estate?
@Jim Jones When parking costs up to $55,000 or more per parking space (Durning, Alan. Apartment Blockers. Streetsblog USA, 2013-09-13; also see Transportation Cost and Benefit Analysis II - Parking Costs by Victoria Transport Policy Institute), it's obvious that eliminating zoning laws that set parking minimums would reduce the cost of housing construction, so it's pointless to debate this.
SDPD embroiled in scandal...how convenient they release "studies" from "independent" sources to confirm that we should all panic and turn in gratitude to those fine officers...yet, a few years from now a true researcher will look at the same data and find quite different conclusions. Just another day in San Diego, with it's unquestioning media hacks regurgitating whatever they are told by the authorities.
@AzureMatty What'chu talkin' 'bout, Matty?