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Give heroin users rehabilitation, not prison sentence

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In my hometown, so many of my former classmates have died from drug overdoses that it’s hard to remember off-hand exactly how many it’s been. It seems that at least once a year, someone I know has passed away from drugs — almost exclusively a young person — and the local community is shocked. Little is done in terms of public policy. Sometimes we hold a community meeting. Then, a few months later, it happens ...

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June 1, 2014
8:41 a.m.

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Love and support this perspective. Its not just heroin, our society whether we like it or not has encouraged the abuse of drugs. Something is bothering you - take a pill. The dealers ? hey doctors lets slow down on writing a simple fix with a script. Our victims (addicts alcoholics) didn't set out for that life style but did get hooked, and almost everyone knows someone or has a family member and if you don't unfortunately it can happen. Lets strive to be compassionate, yet firm that it's ok and help is here. Treatment and support can and does change the person back to a road of productive living and enjoying life. Prisons are just another form of a dealer yes drugs are plentiful even at the county levels. That isn't the answer. If someone refuses change and the road to serenity then they are volunteers and the course of action then shifts. But first lets sort the victims from the volunteers and redirect lives to happy productive citizens. Heroin and any drug is plentiful so lets work on eliminating it and its market.

June 1, 2014
7:24 p.m.

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I agree with Mr. Keller's POV. What's frustrating is that the USA seems incapable of looking at and replicating other countries that have dealt with the problem of Heroin in a much more successful way. Germany and Switzerland provide Heroin clinics to addicts where their drug use can be monitored a doctor while they work a job and live with their families. In this country that approach is viewed as 'soft on crime' or enabling the user despite the results which show a significant reduction in overdoses and drug-related crime.
I'm not at all impressed with Schumer's antiquate solutions to ending Heroin use. He caters to those in law enforcement who seek to bolster their budgets with the get-tough approach that has failed by every measure in lowering Heroin use and its related-crime. Until society rejects criminalizing this health issue, we will continued to be plagued with this viscous cycle of Overdoses and crowded prisons while a few enrich themselves fighting the drug war.