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Seems the Bakers don't like having needles dumped outside their property

The Boston Sun reports that Charlie Baker's own State Police detail delivered a "stay away" order to Domingos Darosa, a community activist and city-council candidate who has been collecting needles from along Methadone Mile and driving them up to Swampscott to deliver to the Baker house to try to spur more action on cleaning up the area.

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Mayor Walsh is the boss.

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Mr. Derosa and likeminded folk have delivered plenty to Lower Mills.

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Walsh can't get Quincy to stop opposing rebuilding the Long Island Bridge, and Walsh can't pressure other communities in the state to do their part and build more recovery services so their residents don't all need to come to Boston. Methadone Mile isn't just a Boston problem.

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Boston should the residents to whence they came. That'll provoke a reaction and maybe action.

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By and large, people don’t come to Boston for treatment, they come to score dope. The area around Mass and Cass is an open air drug market.

What we need is a focus on intake and diversion to treatment at the epicenter, backed up with enough resources so people can continue their recovery further from constant temptation.

To me, it’s unconscionable that the Southampton St. shelter is in the midst of this. A sober homeless person is given the choice between freezing on the street, and being sheltered amongst dealers, addicts, open drug use, and all the misery it entails.

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Quincy has its own detox centers, methadone clinics, homeless shelter and other substance abuse programs

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to rebuild the Long Island Bridge without vehicles having to go into Quincy to access it.

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Build a couple of docks and buy a couple ferries (for 1/4 the price of a bridge) and re-open Long Island by next summer.

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Warehousing people with problems on an island was not then and still is not now a good idea.

But - if you're bound and determined.... There was a news item a couple of weeks ago about major investment/development for Mount Vernon Street and Harborpoint/Bayside. Just extend Mount Vernon into a causeway. You can have road access to Thompson Island, Spectacle Island, and Long Island - all without involving Quincy!!!

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That would be a ferry but Marty won't go that route because his real estate development supporters wouldn't be able to build office towers and luxury hotels which is Marty's real motivation.

Could have had a ferry in 2015. Rather than a solution we have Marty's methadone Mile.

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This problem isn't going away. I think politicians (Feds, Governors, Mayors, hell even the addicts themselves) have given up. Fentanyl, heroin, it wins.

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While I hate it when people blame Walsh for things that are the state’s responsibility (let’s start with the T), the needles were most likely collected on grounds not under the control of the Commonwealth.

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The state can work on public health issues even if the visible part of the problem is not on state-owned land.

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The corner of Mass ave - and the exit off 93 are definitely state roads

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The exit ramp is MassDOT- Mass Ave/ Melnea Cass are Boston city roads

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of opioids and related issues in Massachusetts, rather than just pressuring a local mayor to deal with the local results of systemic problems.

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I knew one day you'd sell out your site and shill ads for geometric art supplies!

(You probably meant this link)

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Domingos Darosa sounds like a disgusting slob. Litter bug psycho

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Say what you want about him, but he’s doing more for the community than you. We live out here, seeing this shit everyday. I’m tired of it and he is also, and he’s doing something to try to clean it up. What are you doing?

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No he’s not. The governor knows about the issue. He also knows what this guy is like. Repeatedly doing this is harassment, nothing more.

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What are you doing? Questing strangers on a blog site does what?

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He sounds like an American hero to me. Baker and Walsh have ignored this problem for far too long.

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You sound exactly like everyone who has worked to undermine activists trying to bring about change that will solve real problems that impact people.

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Dumping needles in someone’s yard really is going to allow for change, right? I guess anything can be considered “activism”.

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When that someone is someone who has power and authority? This wasn't your yard, or my yard, it's the yard of the top elected government official in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

I don't see how you can argue that this person isn't an activist, performing activism. They're trying to bring attention to a social and societal problem to push those in power to do something to fix it. THAT is activism. You may not agree with their methods or actions, maybe I don't either, but their motives are pretty clear.

What is the alternative, to politely request that the Governor come meet you in the place the needles were originally littered around? And if he refuses, then what? Given what just happened in Michigan, I don't want to facetiously suggest kidnapping a governor to bring him down there to force him to see the problem.

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What do you mean, what’s the alternative? Plenty of people are doing advocacy and direct work on this issue without dumping needles anywhere.

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I wish a court order would stop the drug users from leaving thiusands of them everywhere.

I'm glad Domingos is getting some press.

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Has he made deliveries to all the city councilors.

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Time to organize hundreds of people to bring these to Charlie and Marty. They might be able to issue each one of us this order, but with that many people it won't end for a while!

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but willing to mug for the camera with Dr Birx who is way more dangerous?

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lol

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He's the one holding up the Long Island Bridge, along with that city councilor from Squantum.

Lines of responsibility don't always go upwards...

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The Mayor of Quincy is doing his job, part of which is protecting a congested residential neighborhood from being overrun like the Seaport district and the South End.

Maybe voters in the City of Boston should elect a mayor that is interested in protecting a congested residential neighborhood rather than pandering to real state developers.

Elections Matter!

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No problem with protests, just direct it at the players responsible for the mess, not at working stiffs.

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This is such a frustrating subject for everyone. Driving by this chaos on meth mile kills my vibe enough , I couldn’t imagine waking up to this in my neighborhood everyday. Change needs to happen. I feel Boston took on the role to house all the addicts on meth mile when they chose to make it a safe haven for “safe” injection sites . Basically Legally shoot up heroin with supervision from a nurse ..what addict wouldn’t flock to that area? Although we blame Quincy for not allowing us to rebuild the bridge , do ya blame them? We have many places in Massachusetts to build a facility like that. Western mass is beautiful with lots of land to house and treat these addicts . A much better environment . Maybe better chances for recovery surrounded by Peace and nature than the dirty streets of meth mile?

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“Ship them off to the countryside” may seem like a good idea, but there is also something to be said for locating a treatment facility near the homes, families, and community of the people it serves. For some addicts seeking treatment, getting them far away from toxic family situations or circles of friends could be a win; for others, being close to home with the possibility of visits etc might make the difference between failure and success.

Surely “let’s dump the problem in Boston’s lap” was an immoral abdication of responsibility, but here we are... and someone needs to be the grownups in the room; it may as well be us.

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I can and do blame Quincy, since all that's being asked of them is that they allow buses to drive through the city to the bridge, which was already what was happening before the bridge was demolished. People staying at the shelter don't leave or enter by any other way than on the buses, which bring them right back to Boston. Long Island is City of Boston property, not part of Quincy. The Long Island facility is very close to what you're describing that you'd like to see in Western MA, it even had a working farm. And it's already there, no building a new facility. So yeah, I really do have to 100% blame Quincy on this one. Their mayor really needs to cut the crap.

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"I can and do blame Quincy, since all that's being asked of them is that they allow buses to drive through the city to the bridge, which was already what was happening before the bridge was demolished."

Unfortunately your statement is just wrong. I think that if Boston would agree to limit development to treatment facilities and related development, with the remainder turned over to the state for parks, Quincy would drop its opposition.

Rather than taking that reasonable approach to address quincy's legitimate concerns, Boston has Long Island designated as an Economic Development Zone.

Marty's problem is that limiting development doesn't help his real estate development supporters.

Marty opposes a ferry for the same reason. No profits for his supporters.

There is no getting around it. It is Marty's Methadone Mile.

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I feel Boston took on the role to house all the addicts on meth mile when they chose to make it a safe haven for “safe” injection sites

There are no supervised/"safe" injection sites operating in Boston, or anywhere else in Massachusetts. A bill to set up a pilot program was approved by a subcommittee in May, but there has been no further legislative action.

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2020/05/17/massachusetts-politics-legalized-...

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