The Opioid, Meth & Heroin Crisis in Twin Falls

Asking tax payers to pay for the expansion of jails is nonsense. We can not afford to be silent anymore! The status quo has failed the public, sweeping real issues under the rug for decades. We need new leadership that in touch with reality.

We are ignoring the biggest threat to public health and safety in Twin Falls. I’m speaking out on behalf of the struggling families and the children trapped in this cycle of addiction.

When you find used needles walking on the Canyon Rim, we have a problem. When a child is killed in daylight (in one of our nicer neighborhoods) in a drive by, we have a problem. When downtown businesses are affected by the daily drug activity on Main Ave, we have a problem. When everyone you talk to, has a loved one or knows of someone recovering from, or addicted to opioids, we have a REAL community problem!

The War on Drugs is a disaster and has failed the American people! This failed policy is embedded in our current criminal justice system. We won’t arrest our way out of it. We won’t shame our way out of it. We won’t ignore our way out of it. Meth, pills, heroine are available faster and cheaper in our Twin Falls, including our schools and the hookup is just $10 and call away. Forget the taboo stereotype of a dirty, street junkie, this opioid epidemic has no stereotype. Your spouse, clean dresses neighbor, soccer mom, church goer friend, grandfather, Veteran, professional co-worker or straight A, athlete teenage son/daughter is the stereotype and statistic.

Talking about expanding jails, bonds, locking people up – you might as well keep the tax payer tab open to a never ending path of spending.

I’ve personally lived through this cycle of addiction, experience loved ones and friends struggle in out the traps of substance abuse. Lost too many to overdose. I am not taking away the blame from individuals who make bad choices in life, but the choices people make in life are from the choices they are given. At least for our community in Twin Falls we can offer better choices. I propose we start by breaking the silence and take real action to address addition in our community. Our City Council must be genuinely invested in this effort to clean up our community. Not reactive, but proactive leadership.

I propose a NEW public policy & THROWING THE WAR ON DRUGS POLICY in to the trashcan!! I am pro legalization of medical marijuana and the use of taxes to fund public services, education and infrastructure development. One action City Council could take is, develop a task force composed of people who first hand experienced addiction cycles, work in substance addiction programs, abuse counselors, law enforcement, recovery nonprofits, health providers and faith leaders from the community to focus on tackling the heroin/meth/opioid epidemic.

Sue pharmaceutical companies for misinforming, misleading and betraying American families to fund recovery programs and support resources for individuals and families struggling with addiction. We should hold accountable those providers who dish out opioids and benzos like candy. Educate our children and empower families with preventative information. Write grants for federal and state level funding for addiction programs. We can begin addressing mental health which is one of the biggest elements underlying addiction.

First step in addiction recovery is admitting you have a problem. First step for our community is also admitting it has a problem. Our children deserve a drug free community to actualize their future dreams. I am committed and ready to co-create solutions for the well being of our children, our families & our community as your Councilwoman. 🙌🙏 #ThePeopleFirst #OpioidEpidemic #VoteBabayan #Nov5th #TwinFallsCityCouncil

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