No sym­pa­thy for crack users

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Santa Clarita tar­gets rash of opi­oid over­doses,” June 29

I am very sorry for fam­i­lies who have lost loved ones to the opi­oid ad­dic­tions. I am, how­ever, con­fused about why so many peo­ple are alarmed about this ad­dic­tion.

Decades ago, crack was like a bomb that ex­ploded in African Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties across this coun­try. Fam­i­lies were destroyed. Chil­dren were put into foster care as their par­ents went to prison. Crime in­creased in black neigh­bor­hoods.

All ad­dicts need help, no mat­ter the drug. I hate to say it, but there seems to be a racial com­po­nent to this alarm about opi­oid ad­dic­tion. I don’t re­mem­ber this cry for help for the users when black and brown folks were do­ing crack. Rose­mary Wat­son Los An­ge­les

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