Saturday, May 21, 2016

WDT: Time to Start Treating These Deaths as News

   After decades of the War on Drug and it's related Chicken Little rantings, we now have a real pathology going on with this opiate and heroin problem.
    However, there are two groups in town. Those who have been touched by the problem and those who haven't and think it's just more carrying on from the advocacy groups.
    The media needs to run every heroin death as a news story. It's too hard for people to draw the conclusions from seeing numbers like 25, or 28 in the obits.
Watertown Daily Times | Assembly bills seek to prevent heroin overdoses, improve access to opioid abuse data

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have no problem with increased awareness of the nature of drug addiction. My problem is this is not exactly a disease that drops out of the sky and lands on your head. In other words, people are responsible, or should be. Sure, many of us have had problems with pain killers which were properly prescribed. But a heroin addict is another situation altogether. We all recognize that it is extremely fashionable for people to deny responsibility for much of anything. Some lack financial stability due to a lack of education. Forget that these same folks quit school early on. Some can't work as they can't afford daycare, forgetting the fact that despite the urgings of progressives everywhere, having a baby at 15 isn't smart. Alcoholism kills, but consider that when deciding to drink as a teenager. Smoking is a terrible addiction, so be smart, don't start. This blameless society needs to keep a balance when blaming something else for our problems.

Anonymous said...

There is at minimum,a third group of us, who have been touched by it but aren't buying into the idea that the solution is to go easy on drug offenders, pushers and criminals. this is a culture problem cussed by liberal pushing for the tolerance of outrageous behavior. and ironically at the same time they call for intolerance of righteous behavior.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand it. I woke up this morning, and yet again did not choose to take heroin. What the hell is the problem with me? I just can't seem to make myself use a substance that will harm or kill me.

Anonymous said...

7:23, exactly. Very much exactly.

Anonymous said...

I advocate free hard drugs to the drug users. They can have as nuch as they want but need to take huge amounts at the 'free dugs' facility. They will probably die and make the problem to our communities less of a problem.