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Wellsville gets another reminder of the plague of drug abuse

June 28, 2013

WELLSVILLE — On the eve of a community march against suspected drug abuse in the village, another example of the need for action presented itself, in the form of a drug overdose victim found in......

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Jun-28-13 1:38 PM

The people that are obviously associated with this "disease" comprise 95% or more of those shooting up. Most start on prescription pain meds and become addicted. They then figure out that shooting up is cheaper than buying the prescription meds on the street. STofit is correct...If they don't want help then you can't help them.

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Jun-28-13 1:25 PM

Taxpayers are already for them to be in prison so why not try to actually rehabilitate them? Imprisonment is a waste of money when there is no rehabilitation put in place. I understand they also have to want it. A lot of them do but have no access to help. Unless your life has been affected by this disese, you cannot comprehend what it entails. Anyone can have this disease - doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, police officers - not just the people you are obviously associating the disease with. And it is a disease, look it up.

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Jun-28-13 12:59 PM

The taxpayers didn't hold a gun to these folks head and force them to take these drugs, but they expect the taxpayer to pick up the tab when they overdose. Rehabilitation does not work unless the person using these drugs wants to get clean. Forced rehabilitation is a waste of tax dollars. A year or two on a chain gang works to rehabilitate some people in the south. Addiction is not a disease. You get a disease from germs. As far as doing something about this crime will someone please tell me what a "March" accomplishes? Turn these folks in and you will see things happen. You can "march" until you run out of breath.

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Jun-28-13 9:15 AM

If you really want to take action in reducing drug abuse, then what needs to happen is rehabilitation. Jail/Prison does nothing to address the disease of addiction. If you don't give people the resources, the knowledge, the support to overcome their addiction, then the disease continues. We need more rehab centers and there is a need for lock-down rehabilitation for people who have committed a crime against another person. But until the laws change and law makers decide to learn about the disease and what it takes to reduce this epidemic, the "plague" will continue.

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