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Interesting Article About Meth Addiction in Montana

posted by devin on 05.04.24 at 13:28, Interesting, news, 1 comment

An interesting series of articles about the intersection of prostitution and meth addiction in a small town in Montana.

 

“Methamphetamine is a disaster. We know that 13.9 percent of the kids from 13 to 17 in Montana are using it. We are the number two state in the nation for illicit drug use, number two for suicides. We had a needle exchange going in Kalispell that had 250 people in it in 2002, and by 2003 there were 900.” Then, Clem adds, with a look of pure frustration, “They cut off the funds, because the health department didn’t want to be seen as fostering drug use.” He continues, “67 percent of the women and 85 percent of the men in Montana’s prisons are there because of meth-related crimes."

But what should be the sanction, legal or otherwise, for enabling addiction, for feeding the meth economy, for taking advantage of weak, desperate people for your own gratification, for abusing a position of trust? And what's the lesson of a case in which a long series of “victimless” crimes somehow resulted in a lot of victims?

The meth problem, and it's ultimate cause, the loss of good jobs from timber, mining, and manufacturing, has brought about a social transformation in rural America. It's no longer the case that a small town is the safest place to raise a family (although, was it really ever?) and it seems the rural ideal will inevitably be replaced by that of the exurbs.

Via Mark A.R. Kleiman.

Comment from: collin [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/collin.php
A little town surounded by farms.
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The Gatekeeper Model

posted by devin on 05.03.22 at 14:02, Interesting, null, Leave a comment

There is a great excerpt from an interview John Batelle (BoingBoing!'s web/ad guru and search engine watcher) did with Barry Diller (former CEO of Paramount and Fox; his company has just bought Ask Jeeves):

JB: For now, there are still vast differences [between traditional media and the internet]: Old media tends to be closed; the Web is open. Will the closed model stand?

BD:The gatekeeper model? No, it can't. How can you trust a gatekeeper when you know the purpose of a gate is to open and close? . . .

Barry Diller has a bit part in a book I've been reading, Disneywar, about Michael Eisner's rise and fall at Disney. It's been fascinating to to read about the fallout when "new" and "old" media combined (AOL and Time-Warner, Disney's disastrous go.com). Diller sounds like he gets it (at least as much as anyone really does).