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Seven charged with Methadone Mile drug sales

Boston Police report arresting seven men in recent days on charges they sold a variety of drugs, including fentanyl, crack, marijuana and Gabapentin, in the area of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue. Police add that another 25 people will be summonsed to court to face drug-possession charges after they finish addiction treatment.

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Getting street dealers is a good but the people higher up in the distribution chain need to be stopped as well.

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Thank you BPHC, Mayor Walsh and most of all BPD for making an effort to clean things up. Maybe the untimely death of the woman in Andrew Square nudged some to action.

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Yup. They need to go all the way up the food chain and address the causes of addiction and drug abuse on a systemic level. Prohibition & prison doesn’t solve problems.

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Thank you Mayor Walsh, Boston Public Health Commission and most of all Boston Police. Maybe the untimely death of the woman in Andrew Sq last Tuesday troubled some??? Some of the biggest dealers flooding the streets have MD or NP after their name

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That's what we've attempted to do since the 80s. Doesn't work. If we want a different result we need to do something different.

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I had no idea that Gabapentin was used as a street drug.

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when mixed with other substances. It is considered a schedule 2 drug here. Add seroquel, benadryl, clonazapam, xanax, wellbutrin and even clonidine to the crap used out there. This of course does not include K2, cannabis and alcohol

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Then it will be available on the street.

SFD is right - they need to go up the chain.

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up the chain is the pharmaceutical companies and executives.

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if it works on my 90 lb dog, i'm sure enough of it can work on a human. (my dog, a rescue, came to us with lots of rotten teeth, so when they've had to get yanked they give him gabapentin for the pain)

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for a medical condition, the only "high" I got was 5 pounds higher on the scale.

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Isn't weed legal? I mean I know the others aren't but the weed possession surprised me.

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Police add that another 25 people will be summonsed to court to face drug-possession charges after they finish addiction treatment.

So they finish addiction treatment... and then they go to jail. It's not exactly clear what this is supposed to accomplish.

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The sheriffs have been dragging their asses over implementing drug treatment IN jail. Talk with them about it.

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Which mayoral candidate thinks arresting people committing a crime is "cruel"?

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Not just "cruel" but also mostly pointless, a waste of money, and needlessly dangerous given the pandemic.

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of addiction you got there..

but hey, you do you.

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Well John for the last 40 years Ronnie & Nancy's "war on drugs" has been a dog whistle for a "war on POC and the poor."

It's so funny the difference between how ppl view MM folks compared to the nice white boys and girls that are "struggling with the cruel addiction of opioids. We must do something to save them! No, don't arrest them - they aren't scum bags like those on MM. They need HELP. THEY come from a good family"

Arresting and jailing the nickel and dimers, and users w/out offering rehabilitation will do nothing to get drugs/users off the streets and clean. NOTHING. The city has ignored MM for the last 20 years. Eventually the band-aids come off. Just think of how many resources we could have given people with addiction with the money that we wasted on the DEA and the BS "war."

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It cost around $35,000 a year to keep someone locked up in Massachusetts. If these guys get three years, that's $100,000 of our taxpayer money to give them free food and shelter for a few years.

Sure seems like $100,000 could be better spent.

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Right, like actually just give them that money and maybe they would have a puncher's chance at cleaning up and leading a normal life... but how would that make private prisons profits? smh

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victim worth?

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Is this actually preventing any overdoses? Or just prematurely ruining their lives at great expense.

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person.

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I can’t believe it, they actually took some action? They could go down there everyday & night and could never stop that disgusting open air drug market.

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The homeless need help.
The dealers need jail.
The neighbors deserve relief.

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When crack swept through black neighborhoods the answer was to lock up blacks and throw away the key otherwise crack babies would grow up and become super predators.
When the white plague swept through the suburbs the answer was we can't arrest all these white kids and treatment is the only solution.

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