The evolution of the justice system's efforts to curb the heroin and opiate epidemic ravaging the country, and specifically Ohio
, has brought us to a parade of headlines
that have prosecutors going not just after drug dealers, but those who enable and provide and use with addicts who end up dead. Sometimes that means friends, sometimes that means girlfriends and boyfriends, sometimes that means low-level dealers. The manslaughter cases have been piling up. One tipped toward its conclusion down in Akron this week. You can read about it here
. It's sad, of course. We'd just like to tease out the closing quote from the presiding judge, Lynne Callahan.
"I never in my life thought I'd see the day, as a judge, when I'd ask someone 'What's your drug of choice?' and they'd say 'crack' and I'd think 'Oh, thank God," Callahan said. "It figuratively kills me; it's literally killing this community. I have no sympathy for those who are putting it on the streets."
That's where we are: Thank god when it's just crack.