All South Carolina Cities

Two Tales of Collateral Damage in the War on Drugs

In war operations, it’s called collateral damage. That’s when civilians who aren’t being targeted as enemy combatants are killed or injured along with the intended targets. It’s also when homes, vehicles or livestock are hurt as a consequence of the military action.

Something similar happens in the war on drugs. There are the intended targets, the bad guys, but then there are the consequences to others… the collateral damage.

Two stories last month illustrate what happens. In the first, nine dogs were seized as part of a drug house bust. Five perps went to jail in Elgin. As a side issue, the eight pit bull terriers and a single Rottweiler were taken by animal control. It is unlikely those dogs will ever live to see anything other than the concrete walls and fencing of the animal control facility. They may have already been destroyed.

A second report comes out of Morgantown where the Burke County Narcotics Task Force arrested a couple who are accused of dealing in marijuana and “magic” mushrooms. The pair, Casey McBrayer and Crystal Crews, were arrested and put on $20,000 bond each – a substantial sum. At the time of the arrests, a young child was present – the collateral damage.

Social Service workers took the child and were able to place him with a relative.

Drug dealing has consequences for the accused, but the real tragedy is the unintended consequences for those under the dealers care. Sociologists tell us that broken families lead to crime. Crime also leads to broken families. It’s a vicious, never-ending cycle. You simply can’t care for your kids from jail. And even when jail isn’t the final outcome, the costs of defending a case, in time, money, and emotional investment, are huge.

If only there was a way to surgically remove the cancer without harming the tissue alongside. For now, there isn’t and the war on drugs will continue to produce collateral damage.

disclaimer

The contents of the SouthCarolinaTreatmentCenters.com web site (the "Site") are for informational purposes only. The Information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, tests or treatment, and does not create a physician-patient relationship. This Site and Deep Dive Media ("the Company") are not responsible for sending you to, referring you to or making recommendations about a doctor, a professional practice or health insurance company. NO LICENSED PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP IS CREATED BY USING INFORMATION PROVIDED BY OR THROUGH THE USE OF THIS SITE INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, TREATMENT CENTER REFERRAL FUNCTIONS OR LINKS TO OTHER SITES. The Company makes no guarantees, representations or warranties, whether expressed or implied, with respect to professional qualifications, expertise, quality of work or other information herein. Further the Company does not in any way endorse the individuals described herein. In no event shall the Company be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken by you in reliance on such information. You are STRONGLY ADVISED to perform your own due diligence prior to selecting a health care professional with activities, such as making confirming telephone calls to the appropriate licensing authorities to verify listed credentials and education. In addition you can further verify information about a physician or medical provider by confirming with the doctor's office, your current physician, the medical association relative to the doctor's specialty and your state medical board. See our Legal Statement for the complete terms and conditions governing your use of the Site.

Poll

Why Did You Visit This Site?
I am looking for treatment
57%
A friend or family member is looking for treatment
32%
Just Looking for Information
12%
Total votes: 95
Call 1-855-216-4673 anytime to speak with an addiction specialist. Insurance Accepted.
supported