This Time, Small Towns are Increasingly Beset by Addiction, Drug-Related Crimes
ELLENSBURG, Wash.—This small city east of the Cascade Mountains is
known for its hay farms, rodeos and, increasingly, something more
sinister: a growing heroin problem.
The drug surfaced in the past two
years and is spawning a new generation of addicts. The fatal overdose of
a state trooper’s son in May convulsed the town—especially when the two
men arrested and charged with selling him heroin turned out to be a
county official’s sons. They pleaded not guilty in Kittitas County
Superior Court and are awaiting trial.