INFORMATION ♦ EDUCATION ♦ ENFORCEMENT
The Washington State Narcotics Investigators Association was created with the task of:
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WSNIA has long been a proponent of holistic and multi-disciplinary efforts towards substance abuse issues. More and more information keeps coming my way of the multiple negative impacts substance abuse has on our society that don’t seem to be taken very seriously by parents, relatives, government or the media. Granted most of our readers are dedicated public employees, stressed out, under paid for what they endure, yet frozen in their circle of influence. We need information in the form of letters and or articles from everyone of you on how substance abuse impacts you, your work, your friends, your environment, your children and your country.
Here is an example of what you may know and could easily pass on to educate others.
I received a call from an Attorney General’s Office in another state from the midwest that wanted information on Drug Endangered Children. They were referred to our website, www.wsnia.org, and other sources of information. It seems that meth has hit their state hard and they are be-coming justifiably alarmed about the negative impact, es-pecially on children. After lengthy discussion, the same old issue came up, meth-related funding. The child protection service in their state did not want to acknowledge or handle children from meth labs until they were properly funded. Sound familiar—government, society—allowing substance abuse to become so rampant that we can not afford to care for the oft abused children of addicts? Policies that so harm our society by ignoring drug abuse and legalization efforts that we as a society now, more than ever, turn our heads out of embarrassment and point the finger at funding issues.
To fully grasp what our nation was like in the early 1900s, and the undermining issues we faced when all drugs were legal, I urge you to read the book, Hep Cats, Narcs and Pipe Dreams by Dr. Jill Jonnes. She explains how we almost became a nation crippled by drug addiction until drugs became controlled substances through international and national pressure by government and doctors.
Please, learn all you can outside your discipline so when you speak of the horrors you see daily that people get the whole picture. It needs to be understood by all, that sub-stance abuse is not just a law enforcement issue. For those of you that are already sharing outside your circle, thanks. For the rest of you, lets get out there and save our next gen-eration with all our resources. We can no longer be silent.
Please forward your stories so we can share your expertise. Thank you for your dedication to public service and the sacrifices you and your families make daily to serve and protect.
Our membership consists primarily of state, county, city and a few federal law enforcement officers that have and are investigating violations of state and federal narcotics laws. Our association was formed in 1974 and has approximately 225 members statewide. We found that we needed more specific training for the complexity of narcotic investigations so we started conducting specialty training for narcotic officers.
As time progressed we realized that narcotics is now a societal problem affecting every individual in our country and law enforcement was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of individuals distributing dangerous drugs in our state and country.
We want to win every confrontation we have involving the illicit sale of illegal drugs. In order to accomplish that lofty goal we understand that we have to assist in education, treatment and enforcement. In essence, WSNIA desires to merge our efforts into a three discipline front against drug abuse by utilizing expertise from education, treatment and enforcement. Three disciplines joining efforts to protect our society through diversity, yet standing as one safeguard.
Our magazine, The Educator, and this web site are funded through generous contributions from people like you through phone solicitations. We will continue to update this site and encourage your thoughts and ideas about our information and the many illegal drug issues that face our state and nation. --Roger Lake, Executive Director and Past President
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