Voice of the People
Today, Duneland residents are opening their eyes and seeing the light at
last. The drug problem has surfaced and must be dealt with immediately.
Family members, friends, and acquaintances have already died in our
community, yet the problem continues to grow.
Having been raised in the Duneland area for the majority of my life I have
witnessed the drug problem firsthand. Are there drugs in Chesterton? Of
course there are. This, I believe, everyone can agree upon. Where this issue
gets controversial is when people start to point fingers blaming this
problem on anyone else but themselves, however, this is not the time to
We, as a community, are facing a daunting task. Much work will need to be
done and nothing will happen over night. This is a task for the community as
a whole—not just the educators, or the parents, but for everyone. Chesterton
has a significant advantage over larger cities—we can unite as a whole and
be strong against this battle, if we are truly committed to this fight
I think there are three main goals this community must start off with: 1.
counsel recovering addicts, 2. deal with current addicts, 3. and work on
Counseling an addict does not mean having him or her sit on a therapist’s
couch and confess his or her problems. That is not what is required in this
situation. What has to be done involves time and patience from all. We must
listen with our hearts and try to understand.
The current drug addicts are facing tremendous emotional problems. They do
not want to be criticized, but understood. They want help and we must be the
ones to offer assistance.
Prevention and education are virtually synonymous. The schools can only do
so much. We must all take responsibility on this issue. If not, then the
problem will never end.
We must not treat these addicts as outcasts, for they are as intimately
attached to Chesterton’s soil as the fine oak trees are down Main Street.
The drug problem has been difficult for the addicts and for the addicts‚
family and friends alike. Now is the time for acceptance and understanding.
I am in the Republic of South Africa for six months studying. I visit
Chesterton Tribune’s website to get the latest hometown news. But when will
I be able to check the website and not see one of my fellow Chesterton
residents‚ obituary reading: “Drug overdose?” The time to act is upon us.
I would like to thank everyone who has written in the newspaper telling
their stories about the realities of drugs in our community. My heart goes
out to them and their families for they have a difficult road ahead.
The Duneland community has played a positive role in my life, as I am sure
it has to many others as well. We must not let Duneland’s image tarnish. As
Nelson Mandela so eloquently has said “There is nothing like returning to a
place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have
altered.” When I return to Chesterton I want to find the community I still
remember: the community of great solidarity, and the community of great
Adam Carl Blazak