By Letter to the Editor on March 19, 2017.
The recent question period in Vancouver, when reporters asked Prime Minister Trudeau about the epidemic of the opioid death toll in B.C. with already near 1,000 deaths, brought back memories of his election promise to legalize marijuana.
It’s common knowledge to the average person that those with a tendency to seek out new modes of excitement and pleasures would be attracted to narcotics. Initially they start out on marijuana and seek stronger kicks, if you will, and end up on opioids.
Ironically, the word abstinence, in the whole Question Period, was never heard, despite the increasing rate of opioid deaths that has reached countrywide chaotic proportions. In my 90-plus years, I have not witnessed a ongoing human tragedy to compare to this. Premiers and mayors are screaming for financial and medical help.
The only positive idea to help quell this epidemic was from a retired ex-police chief who came up with the idea a few years back to build six to eight medical-like quarters at least a hundred miles or so up north where these drug addicts could be sent to dry out. It may sound silly, but the whole country is waiting for some magic solution to quell this frightful and increasing death scourge that is even happening to some seniors who are on prescription painkillers.
The PM’s speech referred to stopping the billions of dollars that the narcotic peddlers are making. You probably saw the CBC program about Mexican Mennonites bringing drugs to Canada from Mexico. A very lucrative business indeed. It revives the old adage “Money is the root of all evil.”
When you open the sluice gate to habitual users, it sure grabs the attention of large segments of the population.
Mr. Prime Minister, many people put the responsibility and blame on your election promise of legalizing pot and its dreadful ongoing results right on your doorstep, even before it becomes law.
Frank J. Toth
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