“We all know de­crim­i­nal­iza­tion is a big money grab for gov­ern­ment cof­fers at the ex­pense of the health of our young peo­ple...” Carol Mary Awrey

The Woolwich Observer - - COMMENT -

To the Ed­i­tor, Re: Opi­oid crisis (Ed­i­tor’s Note, Ob­server, Oct. 19/17) FI­NALLY SOME­ONE’S GOT IT right. We all know de­crim­i­nal­iza­tion is a big money grab for gov­ern­ment cof­fers at the ex­pense of the health of our young peo­ple and the not so young.

Some of us are old enough to re­mem­ber the Rus­sian leader Nikita Khrushchev tak­ing his shoe off and ham­mer­ing the ta­ble with it at the United Na­tions and hol­ler­ing, “We will take your na­tion with­out fir­ing a shot.” He was re­fer­ring to the youth of both Canada and the United States, be­ing con­tam­i­nated, men­tally and phys­i­cally, by drugs.

One can only imag­ine the cost to the health care sys­tem that drug ad­dic­tion will bring upon us.

I pre­sented Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment with some 300 let­ters ex­press­ing the suf­fer­ing fam­i­lies were en­dur­ing over drug ad­dic­tion of their loved ones about 40 years ago. I would also like to state that the de­crim­i­nal­iza­tion of mar­i­juana was shelved 40 years ago by gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials with strong fam­ily val­ues.

I do not be­lieve the money added to the cof­fers will be worth the price that we will most cer­tainly have to pay for the men­tal and phys­i­cal de­struc­tion of our youth. Do you?

Thank you for show­ing us your strong and truth­ful val­ues in this drug sit­u­a­tion. CAROL MARY AWREY | ST CLEMENTS

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