Dear Friends,
 
A longtime patient of mine is a Washington state Highway Patrol officer who has been directly involved in battling illegal drugs in our county. I asked him about the rumor I heard that heroin use in our county has skyrocketed, and if that was the case, did he have any sense as to why. He said there has been a tremendous upsurge in heroin use in our area, and that kids and adults are shooting up even in broad daylight. He felt the increase was about 10 times what it had been in years past. 
He felt that a lot of the problem came from our state politicians “paying back” taxpayers who felt the government was bloated and wasteful. In response to citizen demands for more "efficient government," our elected state officials took almost all drug and alcohol counseling out of the schools, and they cut 300 Washington state patrol police officers from the state budget. He described how very difficult it is now for him to be proactive in his efforts against drugs when the resources are stretched so thin. From his perspective, the priorities of elected state officials are all wrong–politicians get raises, but Highway Patrol officers do not–and, in fact, many have lost their jobs. When he retires, he says, he will (sadly) move away from this area that he loves. He feels it will not be a safe place to live. 
Those of us who plan on staying here and raising our children and grandchildren in this area must demand better priorities from our state, and even from our local government. The safety of our schools and neighborhoods must be a priority that we take seriously, and must be fought for from all angles, starting with stable loving homes for our kids to grow up in, and churches and schools that teach and model real and lasting values. We can no longer depend on the priorities of politicians to protect our families and communities. Many of us could provide anti-drug presentations to schools, churches, or neighborhood associations–without being paid! Volunteers are needed to sound the alarm that we cannot afford to lose another generation to drugs. With so much at stake, and if even for selfish reasons (this particular drug epidemic results in multiple car accidents, and an explosion of burglary and theft in our neighborhoods), we must act!!
God Bless,
Ricky Lee Jackson
(AKA: Rick the Doctor) 

Dear Friends,

A longtime patient of mine is a Washington state Highway Patrol officer who has been directly involved in battling illegal drugs in our county. I asked him about the rumor I heard that heroin use in our county has skyrocketed, and if that was the case, did he have any sense as to why. He said there has been a tremendous upsurge in heroin use in our area, and that kids and adults are shooting up even in broad daylight. He felt the increase was about 10 times what it had been in years past.

He felt that a lot of the problem came from our state politicians “paying back” taxpayers who felt the government was bloated and wasteful. In response to citizen demands for more "efficient government," our elected state officials took almost all drug and alcohol counseling out of the schools, and they cut 300 Washington state patrol police officers from the state budget. He described how very difficult it is now for him to be proactive in his efforts against drugs when the resources are stretched so thin. From his perspective, the priorities of elected state officials are all wrong–politicians get raises, but Highway Patrol officers do not–and, in fact, many have lost their jobs. When he retires, he says, he will (sadly) move away from this area that he loves. He feels it will not be a safe place to live.

Those of us who plan on staying here and raising our children and grandchildren in this area must demand better priorities from our state, and even from our local government. The safety of our schools and neighborhoods must be a priority that we take seriously, and must be fought for from all angles, starting with stable loving homes for our kids to grow up in, and churches and schools that teach and model real and lasting values. We can no longer depend on the priorities of politicians to protect our families and communities. Many of us could provide anti-drug presentations to schools, churches, or neighborhood associations–without being paid! Volunteers are needed to sound the alarm that we cannot afford to lose another generation to drugs. With so much at stake, and if even for selfish reasons (this particular drug epidemic results in multiple car accidents, and an explosion of burglary and theft in our neighborhoods), we must act!!

God Bless,
Ricky Lee Jackson

(AKA: Rick the Doctor) 

What Fox News Says About Ricky Lee Jackson:

"He’s the new Joe the Plumber; now there's Rick the Doctor...
Some have joined Tea Parties, stormed town halls, others like family practice physician and country recording artist Ricky Lee Jackson have taken to the microphone... 
he wants his country back." 
~ Fox and Friends / Fox News
 

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