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Getting 'Clean'

War against drugs unnecessarily costly

May 14, 2013

No wonder we are not making any headway in the war against drug abuse. The pushers are more organized than efforts to wean addicts away from their deadly ware....

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janeeyre1

May-14-13 10:01 AM

This is the best editorial I have ever read in this paper! Bravo for exposing the truth about all the millions of taxpayers dollars that are being flushed down the toilet to help addicts, the majority of whom don't get clean. It's a myth that alcoholics and addicts HAVE TO get treatment to get clean. Programs like AA and NA are free. I have always disagreed with getting them on SSI and welfare to help them. Giving people things never solves anything. No wonder our drug problem is out of control. Instead of helping, our current system rewards addicts with food, shelter and medical on a no strings basis with no consequences in place for their actions if they continue to use? No wonder so many people from other states and prisons want to come to Wood County to "get clean." If someone wants to kick the ******e habit and they need the taxpayers to give them 400 dollars a day so they can get to and from treatment-boo hoo! Why don't they move closer to the clinic? This is insane!

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UnicornsandRainbows

May-23-13 3:36 AM

While I agree that waste in this program is unconscionable these programs are vital. In addition to helping the individual addict these programs; reduce crime, increase tax revenue by creating taxpayers, and ultimately reduce social service costs . Some addicts/alcoholics may be able to clean with only AA/NA but many need additional help. Also, getting sober from many drugs and quitting drinking without medical supervision and often times medication is very dangerous. An addict/alcoholic can DIE from withdrawal.Giving people "things" may not solve anything, but helping addicts get clean improves their success rate exponentially. A lot of these people have burnt every bridge and destroyed most if not all of their relationships. They are often homeless.Food, shelter and medical care and not luxuries or rewards. They are necessities. Also, if you read the letter you would have read the money does not go to the addict, it goes towards transporting the medication.

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