MY .02 WORTH
Our County of San Luis Obispo is in dire need of mental health help and treatment in the worse way. We currently have 16 beds for almost 300,000 people I believe. The recommendation is 50 beds per 100,000, though most other counties don’t fully meet this recommendation either we are at the bottom of the scale.
There is a Mental Health Hospital that has been trying to get county approval to be built in Templeton. Templeton is a nice small quaint town and I know some are worried about this going into their town. This facility will be going in right by the local hospital, many Dr.’s offices and many other health related businesses. It’s location to all of this would be perfect as many of these places including the hospital would be great to have close by. I’m sure throughout California and the nation there is other facilities such as this in small quaint towns as well.
It would be wonderful to think here in San Luis County we didn’t need such a place but we would be lying, burying our head in the sand and ignoring a much needed facility to fill a huge void here. Some are trying to reach for reasons why it’s not good in fact there is many reasons some are claiming it should go in. But for every reason one comes up with of why it shouldn’t be here there are so many more why we should, need and have to have one.
I hear the idea that this facility is too close to neighborhoods, that patients are kept for short periods and then are released into the streets, that patients will be coming in from other areas and that they won’t be made to go back to where they came from, also that the school district would be responsible for the education of the youth there.
Well the neighborhoods there already have a hospital that treats whom ever comes in. Weather they have a home to go back too or not, or if they have a home at all. They treat drug addicts, mental health patients and people with contagious diseases whether they can pay or not, whether they leave the area or not after they are treated. There are many other different medical facilities in the same area including a nursing home where I am sure there are many who may have some type of dementia or alzheimer’s.
The worry of many coming into the facility from other areas and then may stay and not made to go back home. Well the fact is most of our residents that need mental health have to be sent out of the area. Could you imagine if they didn’t want and allow us to use their facilities? Or worry about whether our residents will go home after and not burden their residence? Why is it ok for us to burden other areas for our lack of our own mental health? The chances of anyone coming here and staying are just the same as us going there and staying, not likely at all. I personally have had a friend teenage daughter need services. She was transported out of the area several hours away. She spent a week or two away and because of distance her mom couldn’t get to her but a couple of times. It was costly, a huge burden and very stressful for her mom. Just imagine if that was your child hours away and you can’t be there for your child or parent or friend.
It’s been said that they don’t treat drug and alcohol addiction. But believe me many with mental illness have, are or will be using if not treated. It’s very intermingled in many cases.
Truth Be Told about the Legalization of Marijuana
After spending 2 days at a Marijuana Summit in San Diego and listening to experts on the subject including several from states where it has been legalized I think everyone should see this. I think many who don’t know the true facts and think that legalization would solve most of the problems from reduction of crime to solving our budget crises with tax dollars may think twice.
The moderator was Dr. Kevin Sabet who served for the third time in the White House as the Obama Administrator’s Senior Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He is now the head of SAM(Smart approaches to Marijuana) and directs the institute on drug policy at UF and is a consultant working with governments, NGO’s the media and other organizations on a wide range of drug policy issues.
Additional speakers were Tom Gorman of Rocky Mt. HIDTA, Steve Freng of Northwest HIDTA and Rob Bovett of association of Oregon Counties. All three of these speakers were representing states where Marijuana has been legalized. So hearing the information of what is really happening after legalization in their states.
One very interesting statement I found was that if Marijuana wasn’t addictive then we wouldn’t be having this discussion. This is the same fight that has been fought before with Alcohol and Tobacco. Like these it’s about money making for the small majority and is fueled by private equity and wall street.
Remember the (Big) Tobacco industry in the early days. Marketing to youth with flavors and big stars who smoked. The tobacco didn’t smoke themselves they reserved that for the young, black and ignorant at the time. Addiction starts more when young so by getting youth to start they would have years of profit from those hooked. Sadly it took 100 yrs. To fully discover the harm and many many deaths Tobacco has created.
The speakers from the states that had legalized had some interesting findings:
Denver has more dispensaries’ than Pharmacy’s
Fatalities are up by 20% in Denver due to Marijuana
Denver’s youth use percentage is 56.08 percent the 3rd ranked in the nation
College age is up as well
2014 Marijuana Traffic fatalities were up by 30%
Emergency room visits due to Marijuana has increased
Hospitalization is up, Poison control calls are up, and Crime is up
The increase in tax revenue in Denver only amounts to 1% of the taxes total
Oregon grows 4-5X’s the amount they consume in their state (Hmmm wonder where the rest goes?)
These states have found it very difficult to regulate, zone, tax, keep up with increased crime, cartels, grows and more.
The graphs and information shown and presented by the speakers from each state really could open the eyes of Californians about the truth of what may be instore for us if we legalize Marijuana. Really check into the facts and finding from places already in the mist of the mess of legalized Marijuana.