Murder charges against drug dealers???
I wrote my first article regarding a drug dealer charged with murder this past week. With the way things are and appear to be headed, I doubt it will be my last article. Sadly. Charged was Justice Anderson, 19, who allegedly provided the fentanyl used in a fatal overdose.
Honestly, my first reaction was, “Ridiculous.”
If everyone took responsibility for their actions and stopped looking for someone else to blame, the world would be a much better place. However, taking personal responsibility means you might have to make some changes when you do not like what you see – a big deterrent for some people. It’s much easier to point the dirty finger at others.
Because of my beliefs on personal responsibility, blaming the person who distributed the drugs involved in a fatal overdose isn’t something I was initially too keen on doing. Tennessee’s Death by Distribution Law now allows it, so there’s that. The state disagrees with me, but that’s not a rarity.
The ability of an individual to think in a disciplined manner or base thoughts on facts and evidence is known as logical thinking skills. Very simply, logical thinking skills mean incorporating logic into one's thinking process whenever analyzing a problem in order to come up with a solution.
Because I count myself among those who are able to think logically, I spent a few days thinking this new wave of charges through from all angles. I, also, watched documentaries that outlined the whole process –manufacturing, distribution, consumption – and I have to say it was some pretty disturbing stuff. More than once, I had to push pause and take a break because that world was emotionally upsetting.
One of the ladies said she’s addicted to meth. What scares her is she’ll someday take a hit and it will be laced with fentanyl. However, she’s consumed with meth. It’s all she thinks about every minute of every day.
My heart went out to her. She’s killing herself and she knows it. Yet, a life without meth isn’t something she can visualize. There was a time, probably long ago, when she had a chance to do that first “hit” and at that time, she had a choice. Now she doesn’t, or at least she feels that way.
I’ve changed my stance. This charge isn’t ridiculous. We need to do use whatever means necessary to interrupt and put a stop dangerous drugs on the streets. Fentanyl is just the latest drug to hit the streets. It’s similar to morphine but is up to 100 times more potent, extremely addictive and deadly. Let’s fight fire with fire.
I will continue to take personal responsibility for everything I do and say. I’m here if you want to agree or disagree with me about this column or others that I’ve written. You might even change my mind. Blasting me on Facebook will not. Fakebook is a better name for it.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.