Petitioning Martinsburg WV Mayor and City Council Mayor of Martinsburg WV George Karos, City Councilmen Gregg Wachtel, Donald Anderson, and 1 other

Berkeley County, WV and Martinsburg, WV We Need A Drug Treatment Center in our Community!

We are in a heroin epidemic here in our community. We need a treatment facility in Martinsburg, WV and Berkeley County. Berkeley County has reached the highest level of Drug Overdose daily in the State of West Virginia. We also have the highest Drug Overdose deaths in West Virginia. Those opposed say "Not in my neighborhood. It's too close to churches. It's too close to the schools. My property values will drop."

We've heard the excuses Not in your neighborhood? Look around you. It's in everyone's neighborhood. Too Close to churches? Inside the city limits, where do you think this activity is going on. Right in many of the church parking lots. When the churches here are putting up signs in their parking lots relating to this type of activity. It's around the churches already. Too close to Schools? Are you kidding me? It's already happening already inside of the schools as well as around the schools here. Your property values will go down? Show us your statistics that say that.

The city of Martinsburg Council and Berkeley County Council you need to complete the studies needed. Both council chambers need to work together in a joint effort on this matter and work together. Lack of effort was the biggest objection from the council members who voted against it.

Mayor of Martinsburg, City Council members, Berkeley County Council Members- Wake up and look around you. In case you haven't realized this, the entire county of Berkeley (WV) and the City of Martinsburg (WV) is being consumed because of this heroin epidemic. We have lost way too many already to this epidemic already and will continue to lose many more because we need a treatment facility right here in Martinsburg, WV or in Berkeley County.

Many of the heroin addicted have children. Many, many children in this community have already lost their parents to this heroin epidemic already. Those children of the addicted are the future of our community.

Too many people here have already lost someone they love to this heroin epidemic.

One thing that does not deny the need for this treatment center is the numbers as listed:

The growing number of heroin and opiate addiction overdoses per day.
The number of deaths related to heroin and opiate abuse.
The number of crimes here associated with heroin and opiate addiction
The growing numbers of those addicted to heroin and opiates. Those who may try heroin for the first time... today!
The number of children of those addicted to heroin and opiates
The growing number of babies being born into this epidemic by mother abusing and addicted to heroin and opiates 
None of these numbers lie.

Not only do the numbers prove the need for this treatment center this is also rapidly growing into a public health concern due to the diseases associated with IV drug use.

Needles are being disposed of everywhere. Parents are finding needles and used condoms in our parks, on the streets, in parking lots, and in their backyards.

Everyone is impacted in some way directly or indirectly by this heroin epidemic in our town whether or not you realize it.

If someone is having a heart attack and goes to the hospital- they will get treatment first and then a bed. When someone overdoses on heroin they are lucky if the treatment gets to them in time. If so, they are taken to the hospital, they are treated and released. Why? Because there are no beds available in the places they need to go for help. Why is that you may wonder? Because heroin has taken over most of the communities in West Virginia. There are no beds available.

We need a facility here in Martinsburg/Berkeley County so that our own local people will get the help and treatment needed for their addiction.

We are tired of hearing the excuses. We need to see the reality of this treatment center  Yesterday was too late. We need it today!

Mayor of Martinsburg, WV and City Council Members, Berkeley County Council President and County Council Members 

We need all of the pillars of treating this disease right here in our community. The most important pillar missing is an inpatient treatment facility for those who are suffering from the disease of addiction.

To those signing, thank you for your support. Please continue sharing this petition with those you know and thank you for being a voice of Hope and of Healing for those suffering from this disease. 

 

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Martinsburg WV Mayor and City Council
    Mayor of Martinsburg WV George Karos, City Councilmen Gregg Wachtel, Donald Anderson,
  • Berkeley County WV Council
    BC County Councilman Doug Copenhaven, Jim Whitacre, James Barnhart, Elaine Mauck, Dan Dulyea


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