To the Editor:
Addiction, my heart goes out to anybody who lost a loved one. Because the drugs. I have nothing but compassion for the people who are addicted or alcoholics. What a terrible way to live. But that being said, I really believe we are fighting addiction all wrong. You see your love(d) ones, not the drug addiction.
Drugs and alcohol ... addiction is what you should be fighting. Let's face it: it makes your loved one do terrible things. They will steal, lie, cheat, prostitute yourself, robbery, even murder, your loved ones will steal and lie to you to get their fix. Now if my loved one died from drugs I would be very upset at the dealers. The people who deal heroin should be charged with attempted murder. But instead we help them. We take all the consequences away from doing drugs. Plus we're making a drug company very wealthy for the pen. Instead of putting the money towards rehab. You know we sued the tobacco companies. Why can't we sue the drug companies for the opioids problem? I know there's a loved one behind the drug death numbers. My point is if you get caught driving with alcohol they drop the sky on you. $10,000 it cost for DUI. But for heroin the consequences are poor baby it's not your fault. Addicts probably kill more people and break the law more than alcoholics. DUI you lose your license. Possible jail time. Mothers against drunk drivers (MADD) that's the only way. We are going to make headway is by fighting the drug the dealers and consequences for people who use drugs. Everybody knows who the dealers are your loved ones buy the drugs off. Turn them in. But we take the fear of death away and jail time absolutely no consequences. We give them permission to party up. It's stupid, as I said if I lost a loved one that would be awful bad. We are dealing with the drug problem all wrong. That's why it's growing. No consequences. Party up. I'm willing to fight for your loved one's life. I'm willing to do tough love. Are you willing too? The politicians willing too?
Jim Turner, Streator