We continue to fight the “war on drugs”. We have an issue here in Pasco. We currently lead the state in Acute Hepatitis B infections. Our County is number one in the state. This is because of our IV Drug use problem here on the West Side. Yet our constant reaction to substance use issues is incarceration. We need to start funding rehab programs and work to change the laws of this state so that we can have needle exchange programs. If we continue to treat people with addiction issues as criminals, we will never solve the problem. We need to start looking for different solutions for our problems. If we continue to do the same thing over and over again it will never change or solve the problem.