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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

D.A. Concerned About Rise In Prescription Drug Abuse

dawnfink2009Potter County District Attorney Dawn Fink told county leaders this week that law enforcement personnel are witnessing an increase in prescription drug abuse.

Speaking during the monthly county management team meeting at the Gunzburger Building, Fink said hydrocodone (often Vicodin) and oxycodone have become drugs of choice among some users, due to their ready availability and ease of use. “This is an area of major concern, because they’re highly addictive,” the D.A. added.

One primary source of the supply is in residents’ medicine chests, where prescriptions that are legitimately obtained are sometimes kept on hand for months or years after the condition has subsided. These pills are valued commodities to both addicts and dealers, Fink said.

She attributed some area camp burglaries and other thefts to drug users’ habits and cited a need for more addiction treatment and counseling in Potter County.

Meanwhile, she said, her office has been working with schools and the news media to educate the public about the issue. Fink said medical providers may also be approached in the future to discuss ways to reduce the availability of addictive drugs to those for whom they are not prescribed. Potter County Today

45 comments :

Anonymous said...

Although Dawn will soon be out of office, she still cares about the
citizens of Potter County. She is a good person

Anonymous said...

Lets not forget suboxone and methadone which are the new drug of choice in Emporium.
I know of quite a few teens that have no problem getting their hands on those drugs. It is ridiculous. Those drugs are deadly.

Anonymous said...

“This is an area of major concern, because they’re highly addictive,” the D.A. added... It stinks when refills run out !

Anonymous said...

Yes, she is.
And she has hit the nail on the head and like her late father she is not afraid to "tell it like it is!"

Anonymous said...

DITTO

Anonymous said...

Not the issue....If she would filter some of the drug forfiture money to local law enforcement. They would be able to make some buy's and arrest. Local law enforcement could do alot of things if the Da would get involved and assist them. the lack of that has been a big deterent for them. If you have noticed in all law enforcement, they will only do what is absolutely necessary as far as arrests.

Note that she is good at the prosecutions but the lack of being on the same page with law enforcement has made it extemely rough from for them by my view over the last several years.

Anonymous said...

What about Fentanol Patches. People are dieing because of this.

Phil McCracken said...

In the words of the Potter COunty hippies, God put those prescriptions there to just be picked by the first passerby. Pick on tokies.

Anonymous said...

addiction to diet pills does not seem to be a problem in this county

Anti Fink said...

wow she is leaving office soon and now she can see there is a drug problem but she still wont do anything but slap offenders on the hand say no and let them go on their merry way PATHETIC

Anonymous said...

Just imagine if working for a living was illegal??? Wonder how many people would "want to do it cuz it's wrong" ????

Anonymous said...

Write in "Dawn Fink" for DA

Anonymous said...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 9:10:00 PM EDT


LMFAO....
too funny and oh so true

Anonymous said...

last time I checked Emporium wasn't in Potter County...what about nicotine users' and what it does to blow smoke in the faces of children...nobody cares unless the money is there to pay for all this stuff...people become so addicted to stupidity...they think stupid is normal and don't think it is wrong...get real stupid people and or person...that's why your going out of office....

Anonymous said...

At this point she had the opportunity to speak. Her mouth stayed shut. She had her chance to do right for the last 4 years. I have heard that Law enforcement have begged her to get involved and help them. Again voices went unheard. When it comes to prosecuting, she's got it. One tuff cookie. The lack of supporting her army has sent her packing. Sorry to see ya go but you had the chance and it went unheard.

Anonymous said...

This shows just how much she knows, she's only about 10 years late and she is just NOW discovering that there is a problem. Way to be on top of things.

Anonymous said...

this is not a "NEW" problem....been goin on for years
...but it is an election year....lol

Anonymous said...

Ms. Fink .gee tell me something I don't know about the drug problem in Anywhere, USA. You're only repeating the same info we've heard over and over again in major newspapers and magazines. Now, Where does the problem begin and persist....AT HOME...teachers, and doctors cannot control what goes on in the homes of America other than police the situation and report them to law agencies..then what? Tell us something we don't know and then HOW to remedy the situation....Does it take a village to raise a child?

Anonymous said...

it is really amazing how smart young people think they are amd how stupid they are to take pills that belong to someone else go out and steal pills to ruin there lives way to go idiots

Anonymous said...

"If" the reason for the drug problem in Potter County is Because The DA would not support or prosecute the drug users and dealers is true.

What the heck makes you think the "new" DA is going to be any better. His track record does not suggest he will do the right thing either.

So you better go buy a hand gun and be ready for any thief coming in your door, because that is right where we are headed.

Anonymous said...

I gotta say one thing for election time..people who never noticed you in years, are so friendly....expecially their wives who never said hello before now stop and talk to you....I'm gonna miss that. (NOT)

Anonymous said...

Were not talking about the new Da. We are discussing the current one. The lack there of when voices have went unheard. The poster stating about her not supporting her own army is true and that person definitely has hit the nail on the head. As it was said sorry to see ya go packing but the chance was before your face and you missed it.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Dawn lost the election badly for many reasons. She did not support, nor is she supported by, the law enforcement community.
She isn't a good prosecutor and lacks trial experience and talent.
It's interesting that her answer to the problem of burglaries to steal drugs and increased addiction is more counseling..how about tougher prosecutions and jail time for offenders?

Anonymous said...

Amazing this is the DA that just let a young woman basically walk witha slap on the wrist after failing a drug test b/c of methadone while on ARD. Go figure. Political ploy is all this is.

Anonymous said...

Vote Fink for DA

Anonymous said...

Thank God Dawn Fink lost the primary. She brings up concerns of citizens only when it is for her own good. ie election year
We need to get more of these offenders drug and alcohol treatment NOT belittle their disease (and it is a disease). Those who are willing to get treatment should be given the opportunity--why doesn't Fink show an interest in rehabilitation??? She should because she has to live here too.

Anonymous said...

It's not too hard to figure out. She wants your "write in" vote. She'll be putting out all kinds of press. Duh... She has only her best interest at heart.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what impact free health care will have on the rampant prescription drug abuse in this country.

Justin said...

I do not live in Potter County anymore. I was, however, sentenced in Potter County to probation for stealing painkillers to feed a habit I had. I am 2 years sober. Ms. Fink could have thrown me in jail, but she didn't. The only person that kept me out of jail was me. I changed my life after I got in trouble. I honestly thought I was going to get incarcerated. Dawn Fink did show interest in rehabilitation, at least mine. I did not know her before I got into trouble, so it wasn't like she cut me a break because she knew me. She had seen from my doctor, my counselor, and my employer that I was committed to changing my life. Whether this is a campaign scheme or not is up to the masses to decide. The point of this article is that addiction is nasty, I am here to tell you because I know first hand. It destroys bodies, minds, relationships, families, and that is the issue here, not her campaign. And it shouldn't be left to the DA to take action, we all can. We can refer friends or loved ones to get help, or at least encourage them. Dawn Fink did have an interest in my rehab. She could have put me in jail and stopped it altogether, but instead she seen that someone was trying to get better. Jail is no place for someone who is trying to get better, especially an addict. So regardless of who the DA is, the primary concern is that there is a problem with painkillers. You can't just incarcerate someone because they are an addict. That is the worst place for them. They need to be able to want to get help, not be forced to be away from it. Jail doesn't offer anything to an addict. I'm sorry, but that is the stone cold truth. Does it mean they should be running free if they commit many crimes? No. They need to be admitted to an inpatient drug facility, similar to jail, but with the help the individual needs. I guess if you aren't an addict, you don't know, and God bless you. But don't throw stones at those who are, when you most likely live in a glass house.

J. Cochran

Anonymous said...

AAAHHH!! I miss those two days when Mr. Jones refused comments that were slanderous rumors, or lacked any educational, or mature opinion. It was good while it lasted. Here we are again. Lies, attacks on professional’s here say, and B.S. I guess Mr. Jones got sick of the babysitting and forgot to keep all of you folks in line. Every single article on here has ridiculous comments. To each his own and every opinion is important, but it’s sad how out of control this site get’s. Between foul language and the rumor mill, this is about has newsworthy has the National Enquirer.

Anonymous said...

Not all people can be rehabilitated. The Judge himself also has to have a firm foot in this. I don't see that. Lets just cruise into retirement.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Justin, for you comment. It means more than all the other comments. Good Luck to you, and God Bless You and keep you close to his heart.
Oh blogger:Thursday, August 27, 2009 4:53:00 PM EDT
Are U kidding me? We are all entitled to our comments, whether you like them or not....

Anonymous said...

Thanks Justin, I really appreciate hearing your story. I'm so glad you got the help you needed! And I congratulate Dawn Fink on her good work as DA. She's a wonderful role model for the girls and young women of Potter County.

Anonymous said...

Boy Justin looks like you just shut everyone up ----Good Job!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Still the Da has lacked her support for local law enforcement. Her army is not on her side any more. They appear to be waiting patiently from what I am seeing.

Anonymous said...

Justin didn't shut anybody up he needs to shut up.
Justin you didn't get fair treatment you got Dawn Fink's mood for the day. I am glad Fink is leaving office.

Anonymous said...

11:06....
get real man...or woman.

Obviously you cannot grasp the concept of getting better, or not passing judgment. If only you would not hide behind the shelter of anonymity. You would have issues if I met you pal....Do not EVER call me out.

Justin Cochran

P.S. Please come forward for your own sake

Anonymous said...

Wow, Justin with that comment sounds like you better get more help with anger issues!!
Ms Fink has proven with her time in office that she has let off more people with DUI charges and gave Law Enforcemennt a hard time about their arrest. Wonder how she would have handled a DUI if one of her family members had been hurt or killed by a drunk driver?

Anonymous said...

And, that your point of view then. I'm not angry because I am better, so I'm sorry you view it as such. Again, the article has to do with narcotic addiction and nothing more. I shared a story and didn't deserve to hear you or anyone else discourage my accomplishments, but hey..great people talk about great things, average people talk about average things, and small people talk about other people. LIVE LARGE BUDDY!!!

Anonymous said...

and again, you miss the point. I have had a DUI, and was in jail for 6 days. My arrest in 2007 came after my DUI in 2004...so I was a repeat offender and should have been put in jail. But, I turned my life around and am going to college to be a counseling psychologist, and I do not need the negativity, but if you want to dish it out, I am man enough to take it from someone. Hey, you might thank me some day when I help one of your loved ones out. People can get better, I just wish you were one of them is all!!!..=)
Here's a suggestion, run for DA....
Betcha can't though. Judge not, lest ye be judged yourself...
I'm not angry, but I am "cracked up" by your comments!!!! =)

Anonymous said...

In the end,I think Judge Leete has also been very fair with myself and my kids!We all make mistakes and if you're smart;you'll learn from them!Justin just made the Deans list this quarter and I'm proud of him! Brad(Dad)

Justin said...

Thanks Brad. We have overcame alot together haven't we!!!!
If only the Bills offense could learn from us!!!

Anonymous said...

From what I understand, the only law enforcement folks who don't support Fink are the ones whose cases she has thrown out because they violated people's rights-maybe one ot two cops who like to talk. I am also told that she has reprimanded some local cop for doing shitty investigations and playing favorites. Nothin wrong with that!!!

Anonymous said...

Where have you people been? Wasn't it Dawn who took an anti-drug program into all of the high schools last year?? And I remember other articles in the paper-several years ago (NOT ELECTION TIME) when Dawn warned about prescription drug abuse. Maybe the readers who "forgot" were taking xanax at the time!

Anonymous said...

I haven't heard of one drug case that Fink has not prosecuted! What are you talking about? Remember, the DA does not sentence, that's the judge.