By Letter to the Editor on August 14, 2019.
Re: Rachael Harder column, Aug. 2.
Congratulations to Ms. Harder for stating the majority opinion re: the current model of drug addiction treatment in Alberta. Would we send a person with burns back into the fire? Would we give a diabetic bags of candy?
The only ones benefiting now are the drug dealers and employees at Supervised Consumption Sites. The drug-addicted are in a revolving door that keeps them addicted. The rest of us live in an unsafe city.
Treatment of an illness is to treat the cause and help with symptoms to bring a person as close as possible to health. So: remove the cause, i.e. illegal drugs. Assist with recovery – mental health care, housing, life skills, education, jobs, ongoing supports. Apprehend drug dealers.
Physicians, stop prescribing opioids – there are many other drug options; stop giving out long-term pain-killer prescriptions; utilize alternatives such as physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage, music and art therapy, etc.
Individuals – realize everything is a choice and has either negative or positive consequences. Before you lift your hand with that first – or second or third drink or smoke or pill – think! There are many ways to enjoy life. The only moment we are guaranteed is this moment. What do you want to do with it?
No excuses. No blaming others or the past. This choice – this moment – is always your personal decision.
Karen J. Collin