Monday, September 24, 2012

Pair arrested on heroin charges

A 25-year-old Bellows Falls man and a 24-year-old Springfield woman were arrested last week and charged with dispensing and possessing heroin.
http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20120924/NEWS02/709249953

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  1. It never ends! AND the police chief said 3 or 4 years ago that there were not drug or gang issues in Springfield. Time and time again we see arrests...which is good. Crack down, hold them accountable, ask the DA and judge to use the most harsh maximum penelty when sentencing and you know what? They will go somewhere else to sell and use their drugs because they wont want to risk the penelty in our state. Everyone, including the police and town officals need to get on board with asking the courts to enact the most strict sentence to combat this problem.

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    1. Give her and the town a break. This happened in Bellows Falls, not Springfield. Teaching and Apple Blossom have nothing to do with this. Apple Blossom was six years ago, and she hasn’t subbed at school for over two years. She obviously was not using any drugs when she substituted as a teacher in the Springfield School District. The district requires training and fingerprinting before you can sub.

      The Springfield ER misdiagnosed her and put her on oxycodone for three months last summer. and she had a problem coming off when her physician was on a 4 week vacation. She didn't even know it was heroin that her friend from BF gave her. Shewas hospitalised in September and she is perfectly fine now.

      Let he who is without sin cast the first stone......

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  2. And now with the varsity football program "cancelled" for 2012, there will be a bunch of young men with too much free time on their hands in a community that is becoming a haven for the drug trade. The news out of Springfield just keeps getting better and better (sadder and sadder).

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    1. All the more reason that our town government ie police and select board should be partnering up with the state police AND the prosecuters to ask that they deal the harshest blow to these people and push them out. The reason they come up here is because the courts are so lax, read the article, this guy is a repeat offender, but conditions of release were that he not possess controlled substances? His first prison stint should have told him that.

      The only way to get a handle on the problem is to let them know Windam and Windsor counties are not going to tolerate it and you WILL get the book thrown at you. If its difficult they will go elsewhere which is what we want. This is the second heroin arrest in a week. Every arrest that happens devalues our properties week after week and puts our young people at risk. Are we going to wait until we have the reputation that Holyoke or that area has? You can't turn it around once it gets that bad!

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  3. Ohh anon you HAD to go there with the football team. Listen up jack wagon, the kids are still playing football, just a different level. If you have an issue with them go down to the field and take it up with them. The reason they are in sports is because they don't want to get mixed up with that crowd. I'm sure a few athletes have "dabbled" with drugs like most high schoolers have. For you to try to drag them in the mud is low, lower then the mud you are.

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  4. Aethelred the Unready9/24/12, 12:19 PM

    I doubt we have many athletes doing heroin. Get real people.

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    1. nope, only a former apple blossom queen

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    2. good point.

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    3. Give her a break. Teaching and Apple Blossom have nothing to do with this. Apple Blossom was six years ago, and she hasn’t subbed at school for over two years. She obviously was not using any drugs when she substituted as a teacher in the Springfield School District. The district requires training and fingerprinting before you can sub.

      The Springfield ER misdiagnosed her and put her on oxycodone for three months last summer. and she had a problem coming off when her physician was on a 4 week vacation. She didn't even know it was heroin that her friend from BF gave her. Shewas hospitalised in September and she is perfectly fine now.

      Let he who is without sin cast the first stone......

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    4. Wake up, it's the teenage "popular athletes" who are doing a large amount of the using, promoting, and peddling (for their older, middle-aged suppliers) of these drugs!

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  5. holy crap! SHS substitute teacher busted for dope!

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    1. Who?? One in this article?

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    2. She hasn't worked in the school for well over a year. That's what's wrong with this site: people can post whatever they want and pass it off as truth and fact when really they have no idea what they're talking about. Think before you make statements that only work to further defame a person's character and destroy their life.

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  6. Former Apple Blossom queen, UVM graduate and writer for the college (and high school's) newspapers. Sucked into the Springfield Vortext. No way!

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  7. Ok I am dense...are we talking about the female from this article?

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    1. YES, DUH!!

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    2. She hasn't worked in the school for well over a year. That's what's wrong with this site: people can post whatever they want and pass it off as truth and fact when really they have no idea what they're talking about. Think before you make statements that only work to further defame a person's character and destroy their life.

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  8. Sub at the SHS? Is this verifiable? Unreal. Heroin and meth (pills) in our town is very scary -- they need rehab and a lot of help. Putting them all in jail seems like a good idea but, they need to kick the habit. If they all recovered,the problem would be smaller.

    I'm sorry but I hate seeing people who are our sisters, brothers, kids, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, etc. become addicts and lose their lives.

    I met a 24-year-old kid who was hit on his motorcyle by a drunk driver. He had about 34 surgery's on his leg, arm, arm, and wrist. He was on a lot of pain killers for a long time and got addicted to them. He actually had to go to rehab to get clean and learn how to live with the pain. He said they were extremly addicting. There's always that person that can provide insight so, I am careful to judge.

    I would like to see drug dealers gone and offer help to the kids in our town help.

    Lastly, it pisses me off that she worked at SHS if that is indeed true. It goes to show you that a decorated background doesn't mean that's who you are now!


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    1. Well if at all true the bigger question is ARE THEY NOT REQUIRED TO DO DRUG TESTING BY LAW?

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    2. Good point, Anonymous. Drugs can stay in the body for good 30 days.

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    3. Was this woman in the story, who was arrested, in any way employed by our wonderful school system?

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    4. Right, care to judge...

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    5. Give her a break. Teaching and Apple Blossom have nothing to do with this. Apple Blossom was six years ago, and she hasn’t subbed at school for over two years. She obviously was not using any drugs when she substituted as a teacher in the Springfield School District. The district requires training and fingerprinting before you can sub.

      The Springfield ER misdiagnosed her and put her on oxycodone for three months last summer. and she had a problem coming off when her physician was on a 4 week vacation. She didn't even know it was heroin that her friend from BF gave her. Shewas hospitalised in September and she is perfectly fine now.

      Let he who is without sin cast the first stone......

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  9. No, drug testing is not required within the Springfield school system. Even background checks for professional references, FULL employment history, and transcripts are lax. Rest assured, if drug testing were ever entertained, the teacher's union would fight it.
    There's a good reason kids aren't learning at SHS, and the test scores prove it.

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  10. How sad for her family. Unbelievable that someone could turn out like this. Never expected to see this.

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  11. you people talk about dealers like there from out of town. the biggest dealers in this town have md on their chest. where does oxys come from? people cant make that crap. it comes from a pharmacy. you need a scrip to get them. they end up on heroin because its cheaper.

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  12. Anonymous9/24/12 8:43 PM, do you know what assume means? You are assuming there are no background checks, references and etc., it's very clear you do not know the law when it comes to hiring educators. Not only does the district do the things you indicated they didn't, but also criminal background checks, all employees are fingerprinted and these are sent to the VTSP and FBI for checks. As far as indicating that teachers use drugs, I'm not even going there because it is doesn't deserve a response. As for the sub arrested, subs are not required to have a college background nor are they licensed teachers. So let me repeat myself, THEY ARE NOT LICENSED TEACHERS! Anyone with a high school diploma can become a sub. Maybe it's time people start looking at their parenting skills and stop blaming the failure of their children on the teachers. Oh that's right, it's easier to blame the teacher than realize you are a poor parent!

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    1. Ah...as the Springfield school system continues it's slide into the non-performance vortex it is time for those in control; teachers, administration and school board to start becoming responsible or get removed. Stop blaming the kids, the parents and the demographics for your own failures. The kids and parents are not the ones getting paid to perform. How about some accountability?

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    2. Aethelred the Unready9/25/12, 12:00 PM

      The school system does do background checks, tests, etc. Anonymous doesn't know what he or she is talking about.

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    3. So, as a faculty member you reject drug testing? Odd, most every other professional in the public trust has to submit to such scrutiny. Even most of us working stiffs have to. Maybe I'll just tell my employer I'm offended at his insinuation as an insult to my moral character.

      Picked up on how you detoured the point injecting "licensed" teachers. What about the 150 plus teacher's aids that we entrust? Testing that lot would easily cut the staff in half.

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    4. if i want to work at hancor,jen weld for 8 dollars an hour i am required to pee in a cup. kinda funny how the people who work for us arent.

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    5. Aethelred the Unready10/9/12, 7:37 AM

      That's to make sure you can hit the cup.

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    6. pot for higher I.Q.s10/9/12, 8:14 AM

      there was a framer that died from marijuana once.

      The truck got stuck in reverse and snuck up on him, running him over. He of course was not smoking at the time

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  13. Someone said it earlier, Teacher's are put in a hard spot. Scum in town see them as babysitters so they can go ahead in life being lazy and unproductive. When their kid gets in trouble or does poorly in school it is autmatically the teachers fault or if they get in trouble its the police fault etc.. the list goes on. Wait no it isn't, it is your fault for not doing anything to support a productive, safe learning environment, dont get me started on the role models half the people in this town are (or complete lack of) Stop blaming everyone else and taking the easy way out, suck it up, grab some responsibility for yourself and act like a professional for once. on that note #go biomass

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  14. Anonymous9/25/12 12:40 PM Once again the facts are not right, there are not 150 plus teachers aids in the Springfield School District. If you are going to state facts, please get them right. Also, we are not teacher's aids either, we are para-educators. So tell me how many Springfield Town employees get drug tested? That's right none!

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  15. I am the parent of 5 adult children., 4 of whom went on to college. Two stayed here in VT and three moved away for higher paying jobs. (lawyer, teacher, artist) Thank goodness for teachers. Without their help...who knows where my kids would be now. I was a single parent working 2 jobs during most of their school years yet somehow they managed to stay out of trouble. These teachers, and you know who you are, did a great job.
    When you do something good, no one remembers.
    When you do something bad, no one forgets.
    If there is anyone on this blog that has never made a mistake, good for you but I certainly have and gracious and understanding people helped me when I needed it.

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    1. Aethelred the Unready9/25/12, 5:15 PM

      I agree we have and have had some great teachers at Springfield, and no child who wants to learn and whose parent or parents encourage them to learn will find him or herself unprepared for college by reason of a Springfield education.

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    2. Only the 75% of schools in vermont whose students are not meeting or are significantly below US standards.

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    3. Aethelred the Unready9/26/12, 9:29 AM

      Well I suppose we could lower our standards like many of the States have done. Vermont set high standards that why it chronically ranks in the top three as to its public schools. Unfortunately, it ranks near the bottom with regards to its post-secondary schools.

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  16. Amazing. A blog about heroin arrests turns into a blog to defend the poor teachers that are getting paid to perform and yet the school system is circling the toilet bowl. Fancy that. Last week the defenders turned out in force to defend the poor abused football coach that destroyed an entire season and looks like he is well on his way to destroying Springfield football forever. Springfield = Excusefield. Blame the kids and parents. It works every time.

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    1. I think you caught the katy here...

      spot on the button.

      it's a war out there, and we're takin' shots across the bow

      someone better wake up. who ever it is better wake up soon.

      #socialismsucks

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  17. I had to submit to a drug test and even a breathalyzer to be hired to work for the Town of Springfield but , that was almost 15yrs ago. I know newer hires have not had to pass a test. Don't know when or why the practice was stopped.

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  18. Anonymous9/25/12 1:47 PM I had to be drug tested to be a Town Employee and can be tested without provocation at any time. I say bring on a drug test any place any time and you can even make the results public, I have nothing to hide. Apparently YOU are not a "Town Employee" and don't know what you speak of...

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    1. So why then do we hold a school system of employees licensed or not unaccountable and NOT require testing of ALL the employees who are around children?

      Now, in fairness to the accused. Maybe she was not a user but rather a supplier? Has anyone thought of that?




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    2. She has not been employed by the district for over a year and a half. Addiction is an illness, and people who are addicts and have severe clinical depression are not functioning in society, and not holding a job. So get a life, and get off the school topic.

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    3. Where did it say she has severe clinical depression?

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    4. It didn't. That was a post from someone who knows her and her situation.

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  19. Fairness? User or supplier a scum bag is a scum bag c'mon 8:57 you're better than that!

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  20. I am an employee of Springfield schools and would gladly take a drug test if offered or required. I have nothing to hide, and only want the best for our students who include my own children. They deserve the best education they can get. But to insinuate teachers especially at the k-5 level are drug users is an insult. I can't believe or imagine it.

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  21. USAHOMEGROWNADVANTAGE9/26/12, 7:59 PM

    legalize pot so you don't have this kind of problem

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    1. great idea

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    2. Aethelred the Unready10/8/12, 8:59 PM

      this was a heroin bust...

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    3. @axelrod

      There is no one to sell heroin to in a USAHOMEGROWNADVANTAGE world.

      proven and witnessed time and time again is that "pot works"

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    4. Aethelred the Unready10/9/12, 10:45 AM

      Well I agree with you that legalizing pot would probably reduce the amount of heroin use and experimentation. But...this was a heroin bust, which is something that they need to keep enforcing.

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  22. Oh, thank you !!!! I was so worried I wouldn't have anything to read when I got home tonight !!! Yeah Springfield !!!

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  23. USAHOME....this blog is about HEROIN not pot. HEROIN and the 2006 Apple Blossom Queen / non-graduate of UVM (had transferred to Smith) then returned to UVM. National Honor Society. Promising future. Interesting writing style I enjoyed. This is a very Sad development for this young woman.

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    1. ...and for her family, members of which represent some incredibly talented teachers of long standing.

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    2. As a parent of one of her high school classmates, I am very concerned for her. She has always been a very upstanding person and I truly hope this does not ruin her life. There are many success stories after rehab and I am sure she will be one of them. I also work in the school system and it is true many have not received background checks-they were grandfathered in.

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    3. Pray for her and her family. She is a wonderful girl, she was a wonderful substitute when she was well, and we can know she will be healthy again with the support of her family. And I understand this is not the whole story, and not accurate in the sense that people can read it incorrectly. Anything in someone's car is considered in that person's possession. Not that that makes it okay at all, or to say she is not in trouble, but the article is not well written. Who would give this many details and print them and endanger her safety (drug dealers are scary people) if she was cooperating with the police?

      Substitutes must be fingerprinted and can not be felons.

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    4. Oh the poor poor girl. She has fallen into the Springfield vortex and can't get out. I am sure the town's social workers will rescue her from her plight and make all her problems go away. Probably will escape jail and felony conviction by sitting in a room for a few weeks full of drug addicts talking about how bad their problems are. That way she will learn to associate with the finest of society. Ain't life grand?

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  24. Just goes to show you... not all heroine addicts are bad people.

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  25. maybe if people would have skate parks and other thing for up growing teens there would be a drug problem bellows falls took away the skate park sooo when they took away i had alot of free times to try new things i started smoking weed, then my friends started other drug and so did i the people in the community doesnt help kids have fun they make more rules and take the freedom from us sooo we find new things

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    1. more parkour10/8/12, 7:50 PM

      try parkour

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  26. Give her a break and get some lives. Teaching and Apple Blossom have nothing to do with this. Apple Blossom was six years ago, and she hasn’t subbed at school for over two years. She obviously was not using any drugs when she substituted as a teacher in the Springfield School District. The district requires training, background checks, and fingerprinting before you can sub.

    The Springfield ER misdiagnosed her and put her on oxycodone for three months last summer. She had a problem coming off when her physician was on a 4 week vacation. She was hospitalised in September and she is perfectly fine now. Unfortunately, she will not "escape jail and felony conviction by sitting in a room for a few weeks full of drug addicts talking about how bad their problems are," as one of you "Anonymous" idiots said. She will have a felony on her record until she is at least in her 30s, will certainly never be able to teach or work with children or adolescents again, and struggle with this illness and stigma for the rest or her life.

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone......

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  27. Interesting. Everyone is to blame for this woman's problem(s). Misdiagnosis at the ER. Didn't know friend was carrying. The Springfield vortex. Why hasn't she subbed in two years? Why was she bouncing from college to college? When are we held accountable?

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  28. These are not excuses and blames, they are simply the background information on how this horrible series of events came to pass, since everyone else posting was felt it was fine to just come up with random, uneducated opinions and suspicions that is really nothing more than gossip you can spread anonymously and from behind the safety of your computer screens.
    Also, hadn't subbed because she had started using and becoming an addict and left because she knew that it would be incredibly wrong and detrimental to continue there. Do you know how many college students transfer at LEAST once?

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    1. So it seems like you, Anonymous5/11/13, 9:33 PM, are the one making assumptions and things up in the name of "blame." "Bouncing from college to college?" A bit exaggerated for one transfer and a transfer back, making only 2 colleges. Now I wouldn't call that "bouncing around," (nor do I think the thousands of other American college students who do or have done the same exact thing), would you? Of course there's really no need to respond since this girl's personal life is none of your business, or any of you on here. Why do you care if she transferred schools, what does it matter to any of you that she went to college in the first place, or whether she graduated or not. Is this holding people accountable? Is that why you are gossiping on here and ridiculing and making your snide, cynical remarks (more like implications and accusations, actually)? Well, rest easy, the criminal justice system can take care of things just fine without this imbecilic message board. She's got three years of probation, community service, and a felony to her name, which has basically makes it so that she can no longer do or accomplish any of her life's plans, anything she went to school for, except hold down minimum wage jobs. Her family is bankrupt. Another life destroyed because of drugs. And before you even begin to say "destroyed because of drugs" is a cop-out (no pun intended) like saying it's "the Springfield vortex," tell me, do you know anything about addiction, drugs, or the drug culture? Because if not (and I'm guessing not), then you don't have a right to say a single word or sentence on that.

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  29. So it seems like you, Anonymous5/11/13, 9:33 PM, are the one making assumptions and things up in the name of "blame." "Bouncing from college to college?" A bit exaggerated for one transfer and a transfer back, making only 2 colleges. Now I wouldn't call that "bouncing around," (nor do I think the thousands of other American college students who do or have done the same exact thing), would you? Of course there's really no need to respond since this girl's personal life is none of your business, or any of you on here. Why do you care if she transferred schools, what does it matter to any of you that she went to college in the first place, or whether she graduated or not. Is this holding people accountable? Is that why you are gossiping on here and ridiculing and making your snide, cynical remarks (more like implications and accusations, actually)? Well, rest easy, the criminal justice system can take care of things just fine without this imbecilic message board. She's got three years of probation, community service, and a felony to her name, which has basically makes it so that she can no longer do or accomplish any of her life's plans, anything she went to school for, except hold down minimum wage jobs. Her family is bankrupt. Another life destroyed because of drugs. And before you even begin to say "destroyed because of drugs" is a cop-out (no pun intended) like saying it's "the Springfield vortex," tell me, do you know anything about addiction, drugs, or the drug culture? Because if not (and I'm guessing not), then you don't have a right to say a single word or sentence on that.

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