Seattle Native Amber Matthai On The City's Drug Epidemic

  • Published on Oct 9, 2018
  • Seattle Native Amber Matthai On The City's Drug Epidemic
    "When I do my yard work, I have to always look for needles now... if they're not going to prosecute people for property crimes, open drug use, theft, right to feed their habits, then it just attracts more crime." Seattle native Amber Matthai tells Colion Noir about how the city's explosive drug problem is hurting the law-abiding. A problem the city's mayor won't deal with. A problem the city is indirectly encouraging.Check back with NRATV over the next week, as Colion Noir gives an honest look at the problems plaguing Seattle, Washington, the politicians who ignore them and the people impacted by them.
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Comments • 201

  • Daniel S
    Daniel S 8 months ago

    Wow, I used to live in Lichton Springs. Not a great area to begin with (just off Aurora, north of Greenlake). Can’t even imagine it now.

  • jamaal Gooch
    jamaal Gooch 8 months ago

    Gay ass fuck

  • Witch Ghost
    Witch Ghost 11 months ago

    I'm sorry, but I don't consider people who have only lived here for 7 years a seattle native...

  • Todd Noebel
    Todd Noebel Year ago

    This is what happens when philosophically appealing "feel good" ideas clash with the reality of life. Just because you imagine an outcome doesn't mean that's what will happen reality disrupts the dream.

  • haltry
    haltry Year ago

    How the f%#k did "safe needles" program lead to not arresting people, littering being allowed everywhere, ect. This doesn't make senses, somewhere this has a group and/or a politicians stink on it.

  • O
    O Year ago

    Now wait, they obey the law with the needles, but break other laws. Now I'm really confused, but mostly because you have a problem with all this. The liberals can always move, get back into politics and ruin yet another city and repeat...

  • Ranting Guy
    Ranting Guy Year ago

    I live in Seattle and the city does enable, police are useless, if you call them for a tresspassing homeless person they will likely take 40 minute up to at worth 2 hours to respond. At my place of work we'v called, waited two hours, and called again. I'v seen people so drunk in public they could not move from the sidewalk they collapsed on, the police arrived, physically picked the guy up, carried him across the street, laid him back down and looked at me and my coworker and asked "This good?" and we'r like "Well yeah thats off the property but uh... dont you arrest people for being THAT drunk or high in public?"
    I had to hit rock bottom to get my life together, what the other guy said in one of his videos about people having to hit rock bottom to do better in life is true, it's the only way to begin climbing out of the hole. This city makes it possible to survive as an addict with no accountability on your own. They provide the needles, currently they even provide a tiny-home village where they LET users and addicts shoot up in the safety of a tiny home. Their trying to kill the problem with kindness but for every 1 person who actually accepts that help and has that kindness affect them in a way that they begin actively trying to better their life, there are 20 shitheads taking advantage of it and even getting to the point they feel entitled to these services.
    Because the city does nothing about the tents and camps they set up everywhere a large portion of the homeless population are very aggressive and disrespectful of private property because they know they wont be arrested, they wont be charged, there is no consequence other than a conversation with police officers who are tired of having the same conversation 10 times a day with the same type of shithead people and take ages to show up in the first place.
    It has made such a beautiful city so disgusting, and all the while most of the politicians are focused on guns, education, a select few on healthcare, and other issues, it seems ANY issues are preferable to homeless and drug addiction. Right now this city and state are doing fine with guns, we dont need more legislation about that, education always needs improvement but when is that new? That's every single city and town everywhere in America, everyone always wants better schools and aside from their social awkwardness I dont feel like children this age are dumb, their smarter than I was at their age so we'r doing fine on education anyway. I'm rambling but the essence of it is that tough love, the hardest kind to get addicts to accept, is also the only kind of love that will solve this issue, we can hand-feed them everything they need and then ask nicely that they stop and get their life together, we have to be like "Hey, you want to get your life together? Show me the effort and il lend a hand, but im not wasting my time on a bullshitter."
    They(The addicts) have to learn to be more self reliant if they want to get better, and they will never learn that as long as this city continues to baby the problem and overall ignore it when it comes to voting time.

  • Nasty Nate OutDoors

    Tbh guns helped me kill my free time once I hit bottom. I joined a clinic. Started a new job. For the biggest company from Seattle..Amazon..but at a site here in VA. I worked nights and dropped everyone but immediate family. On slow nights I would research AR-15s. I grew up around guns but sold all of them to feed my addiction. I was at a place before sobriety that I fed my habit to be functional. I couldn't afford to have enough to get a real high. I have almost 4 years without a drug or drop of alcohol. I got obsessed with AR-15s and slowly bought parts to build my first.......and then my second. Renewed my ccw and got a few pistols. Any off time was spent with family or at the range. Target shooting became my meditation.

  • Rct Sombra
    Rct Sombra Year ago

    I was told back in the mid 1990s that there were consistently something like 500,000 heroin addicts in the US at any one time, and had been that way for a number of years. Some would die, and new addicts would take their place, neither increasing or decreasing the numbers. Then someone in the Western Hemisphere figured out how to synthesize/refine western heroin to the appearance of that produced into Far East, coupled with higher production volumes. What is not necessarily fully understood is how legally prescribed opioids fueled the addictions and has effected the demand. I do not know how many of the addicts living on the street plaguing urban communities first became addicted. Some studies have indicated that there is a correlation between opioid (and likely other drug) addictions and early childhood trauma. The NRA (life member, BTW) is certainly not perceived as a civil rights organization or an organization with a mission to positively affect social change, but your approach, apparently with the NRA’s blessing, is certainly leading the Association on a new mission. I would strongly encourage you to request American Rifleman editors to include print articles of this nature for the members who either don’t surf You Tube, or don’t always have time... Thanks again for stepping up.

  • HD Jake
    HD Jake Year ago

    I have lived in Seattle my whole life , well 15 mins south of Seattle in the Kent , des Moines, and auburn area and I currently am a UPS driver in Seattle and ballard and I love my city but I'd be lying if I said things aren't rough rite now, the past 8 years have been bad. This city is beautiful but downtown has to be changed something must be done

  • Bob jones
    Bob jones Year ago

    Liberals idiots want to have shoot up houses for the junkies, with medical staff to help them get high. Crime is already through the roof in San Francisco. Once these places open up San Francisco will look like mad max thunder dome

  • Amber Bamber
    Amber Bamber Year ago

    As requested by some of the commentators, here is the PDF sent to me by Seattle Police Department's Data-driven team. This is where the 103% YoY crime increase and 100% Y2D numbers cited are from (the blue are actual crimes). I have been working with SPD since April when a few of us discovered the public crime records were corrupt. The goal was to see if there was data to support our anecdotal experience. Additionally, crime impact on my neighborhood was a success criterion by the city for encampment renewal. Furthermore, SPD's data-driven team will be releasing crime rates for all neighborhoods where there are city-sanctioned encampments. Link:

  • Arthur Clements
    Arthur Clements Year ago

    So it's a base-camp for addicts...thank you left-wing government for subsidizing self-destruction and depravity.

  • demonkogure99
    demonkogure99 Year ago

    They're turning it into another San Francisco! I know because I went there last year with friends and there was homeless people on the sidewalks and I did see human poo and drug needles on the ground, Especially at the bart station

  • Bass Whoopin'
    Bass Whoopin' Year ago


  • Vejitasei
    Vejitasei Year ago

    So I'm a physican in the Seattle area. Here's the issue, the IVDU issues and homeless issues in the greater Seattle area are 100% location based. Not the fault of the citizens in the area, but basically the 'caring people' have allow camps to be setup in certain parts of the city (some legal some not) but NOT in their neighborhood :) So it's the standard "we want to feel good about ourselves, and show we care; just as long as we are not actually affected by it." And that's Seattle politics in a nut shell. Caring and feelings are more important than anything else, and the people that set polcy are not (really) affected so...My heart really goes out to some of the smaller communities in the Kent area (real brief, Kent is south of Seattle and considered the 'more poor / trashy' area). It's not as bad as some would have you believe, but for the families that worked really hard and are trying their best; they get crapped on if a camp opens in their area. They can't fight it, if they try they are attacked for not caring or being racist / etc. They can't sell, because no one will buy and the property is worthless, and the worst part this is a situation where it actually isn't their fault. Through no fault of their own the powers that be either allow or create a camp near them...

  • Dylan Straub
    Dylan Straub Year ago

    Time to get out the gun and go hunting.

  • Thomas Shuman
    Thomas Shuman Year ago

    I’ll say again as a life long resident. It is run by children, unfortunately it is occupied by a majority of them as well. It didn’t use to be this way. They came from all corners of the country as of late to destroy this beautiful city. Soon I will have to leave.

  • Naeem Majors
    Naeem Majors Year ago

    can someone post a link to these statistics she is using. I've tried to find articles stating crime has doubled in the past year, but can seem to find any

  • Jesse Bach
    Jesse Bach Year ago

    I'm a former addict. They need to start arresting people. 30 days in jail does wonders to give you time to reconsider you life and get sober enough to maybe stay sober.

  • Mike Yerke
    Mike Yerke Year ago

    I’m a CNN fan.

    Colion Noir Network. 🇺🇸

  • jeremy beverly
    jeremy beverly Year ago

    Been with you since the Glock 21 review but all I see is thighs right now.

  • hoot1141
    hoot1141 Year ago

    It always blows my mind when a conversation regarding drug problems never even hits on the obvious solution. This channel especially should be talking about solutions. Instead it talked about getting a gun for protection. Protection from what? From criminal drug users. So why would you not talk about fixing the drug problem?

  • The Patrioteer
    The Patrioteer Year ago

    Screw these cities. They get what they voted for. They want junkies and illegals calling the shots, OK. Just dont' expect the tax payer to foot the bill, or feel sorry for you.

  • IEatModels
    IEatModels Year ago

    seattle is garbage lib-tards ruined it

  • OspreyBravo18
    OspreyBravo18 Year ago


  • John Hasse
    John Hasse Year ago

    Cannabis is NOT injected. If people using 'weed' were not persecuted, there would be virtually no need for needles, and the deadly stuff most people use.

    • Roger Schnepf
      Roger Schnepf Year ago

      John Hasse recreational weed is completely legal in Washington state and Seattle this isn’t a weed isn’t legal problem, it’s a junkie problem who would rather mess with hard shit instead

  • Weedus
    Weedus Year ago

    i know a simple solution.... give the People Methadone for free !
    i can promise you 70 to 80 % want to get clean but its impossible cause the withdrawal is too bad...

  • Ben Widrig
    Ben Widrig Year ago

    Went to Seahawks home game sunday didn't bring my concealed due to NFL rules and scared car would be broken into and get taken by the homeless after the game 4 cars where broken into and my every day tactical bag with my daily survivals needs was taken Seattle PD needs to fix this, good video CN keep them coming

  • Micah Edwards
    Micah Edwards Year ago

    This is fucking insanity ! !

  • Erich Lee
    Erich Lee Year ago +1

    Every Democrat run city has the same problems. The problem is Democrats are wrecking the joint.

  • Redant23
    Redant23 Year ago

    Need me a CN hat

  • booshido
    booshido Year ago +1

    Remember when the only needle talked about in seattle had to do with space?
    Now they want space to use needles.

  • John Knapp
    John Knapp Year ago +2

    Biggest problem in Seattle are the politics and I would be willing to bet she voted for some of the fools running the city. I may be wrong but odds are in my favor. Lord knows she is paying enough in taxes to have a cop stationed on her street.

    • Amber Bamber
      Amber Bamber Year ago +1

      You'd lose a lot of money if you made that bet. Taxes, yes. Durkan is horrible, Moon would have made Sawant seem docile.

  • Nym Alous
    Nym Alous Year ago +1

    3:52 "You're not helping them, you're harming them." She's got it right. She also said something to the effect of this: enabling drug users to use their drugs doesn't cause them to stop using drugs.

  • SoupMock
    SoupMock Year ago +1

    I didn't see ANYONE trying to help when the crack epidemic hit. The solution was lock them up.. mainly Blacks. Now that there's a drug that Whites are mostly affected by... lets get them help, they're sick! Not with MY tax dollars!! Lock their ass up!

  • J. A.
    J. A. Year ago +7

    Vote Democrate to bring these problems to a town near you! Nothing says freedom like walking out your front door and stepping on a needle.

  • M249MachineGun
    M249MachineGun Year ago

    end the war on drugs and watch as gun violence drops. you never see the pharmacist at CVS having a shootout with the pharmacist at Walgreens.
    if someone wants to be a junkie, then let them get their drugs and paraphernalia from tax-paying businesses under license instead of a criminal gang.

  • FlamQ Dbltap
    FlamQ Dbltap Year ago +1

    Good luck getting a permit in Seattle.

    • Roger Schnepf
      Roger Schnepf Year ago

      FlamQ Dbltap Washington state is a shall issue state when it comes to concealed carry permits and as long as you don’t have a disqualifier like domestic violence etc.. you will be given a permit. The state constitution does not allow county’s to deny them. Seattle and Washington has its problems some getting worse but getting CC permits is not one of them.

  • Mine, Shall not be infringed

    Thank you NRATV. The American people NEED to see what the Democrat policies have done to our cities, so we can wake people the hell up and get things CHANGED. God bless you President Donald Trump 2020!!!

    • kaliki76
      kaliki76 Year ago +1

      Oh is that why he's interviewing these progressives? I was wondering why

  • Jim Knight
    Jim Knight Year ago +1

    OK, if they're going to handout needles then they should also provide a place for them to do their drugs
    I don't have a problem with people getting buy if other people are not part of that crowd then they shouldn't have to put up with this BS

  • OUR Republic- Never Give In

    I wonder how much of this (obviously by design) has to do with Agenda 2030 and pushing people out of areas???

  • OUR Republic- Never Give In

    A demoRAT controlled city that has a drug and crime problem? Seems to be a pattern.

  • Derek Davis
    Derek Davis Year ago +1

    Exact same thing is trying to start up in mpls, mn! Vote! Don’t forget that they want to disarm you at the same time!

  • Max R
    Max R Year ago

    I'm so confused about how a city and state proceeded with the psychological mental work of thought and end up with the words " this is a good idea " in their mind. They might as well have said 2+2=5, crazy.

  • Zlittle16
    Zlittle16 Year ago +1

    It's your town and you have to live there but seriously, how stupid do you have to be to continue to allow that shit?

  • sman7290
    sman7290 Year ago

    Round up all the heroin addicts in the encampment, put them all in an enclosure with no food and no water, and throw in five doses of heroin power day. I'll bet the problem will take care of itself.
    Yeah, I know it's cold. I'm past the point that I give a fuck and I'm tired of paying for their shit.

  • Matt B
    Matt B Year ago

    This bitch loves crack

  • ChronicSmoka73
    ChronicSmoka73 Year ago +1

    Colion I love you fam,but please do a video on the FAILED drug war that dope Nixon did.

  • ge st
    ge st Year ago

    Follow Switzerland's example. They had the worst heroin addiction in Europe along with all the shit that goes with it: crime, HIV, etc.
    Now they have one of the lowest crime and HIV transfer rates in Europe related to heroin addiction.

    • Alex Moore
      Alex Moore Year ago +1

      ge st well what exactly did they do?

  • pir8prod
    pir8prod Year ago +3

    We need to start requiring needle exchanges instead of distribution.

  • Oregon Outback
    Oregon Outback Year ago +5

    Maybe they should set up these camps in the front yards of the politicians that passed these laws. Let them deal with it on a daily basis.

  • The.Otis.Burger
    The.Otis.Burger Year ago

    I feel for all of my friends/family on the west coast. Some of them have left, while others are sticking it out and trying to fight back. We need to see a shift in public policy in these once great cities (like Seattle, portland, San Fran, LA) and y’all need to vote out these corrupt politicians as soon as possible!

  • Mark W
    Mark W Year ago

    F**king Seattle, what a joke!

  • Ams B4DaFunk
    Ams B4DaFunk Year ago

    For the ProgessiveSupremacists, all forms of
    dependency is an exploitable asset.

  • Murky Lurks
    Murky Lurks Year ago +10

    Seattle is a cesspool... seems like a civilization in decline.

    • Murky Lurks
      Murky Lurks Year ago

      I'm from California - an area of the state that is not suffering like that. The cost of living is probably worse here though. But the open drug use, the number of homeless has definitely spiked here but it seems that the pacific northwest is particularly advanced in the "shit-show" department; all I can do is hope that seattle is not our future.

    • kevcom82
      kevcom82 Year ago +1

      Murky Lurks and the cost of living is becoming insane! Just like California and New York. What do these states have in common? One single common denominator.

  • Stop Feasting
    Stop Feasting Year ago

    do the sf tenderloin next lmao

  • john peck
    john peck Year ago +26

    I’m an armed guard in Seattle if you want to talk to someone who has to deal with these people daily hit me up
    What has to happen, king county needs to pull its head out of its butt and vote out the radical left liberal democrats

  • adaboy4z
    adaboy4z Year ago

    This is so strange. Just like our Hospital making a smoking patio with covered tables and chairs for patients and visitors. Patients go out and smoke and come back needing a breathing treatment and placed on oxygen!! 😧

  • Naeem Majors
    Naeem Majors Year ago +4

    Lmao! Hilarious......... the point of handing out needles it to try to prevent the spread of disease.... same as handing out condoms to prevent unwanted pregnancies and disease

    • Amber Bamber
      Amber Bamber Year ago

      No, they are related. There is no needle exchange. Addicts who use share and reuse needles regardless of free supply. And do you really think they have the mental faculty after shooting up to properly discard their needles?

    • Naeem Majors
      Naeem Majors Year ago

      ok, these are two different issues.

    • Amber Bamber
      Amber Bamber Year ago

      My two neighbors, both stuck by needles in their own yards, would beg to differ.

    • M249MachineGun
      M249MachineGun Year ago

      Alex Moore I think that careless disposal of needles should be the serious crime here. getting high is personal, endangering the public is not.

    • Alex Moore
      Alex Moore Year ago +2

      Naeem Majors still doesn’t seem good if they just toss them wherever