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Adam smith

Is there less drug abuse in locales that fund this fully? What are the stats, not just assertions. What is the recidivism rate of those who have this?


Why is it the taxpayers burden to provide drug services? You chose to take the drugs, you pay the consequences.


Do some research. There are numerous places in Toledo that have a Suboxone program. If you are on Medicaid it's free! Her son most likely didn't believe rehab would help because he probably wasn't ready to stop using.

Rion Massie

It's quite easy for someone who has never had to deal with an addict to say off hand remarks. "The addict chose to take the drugs." "...he probably wasn't ready to stop using."

"The addict chose to take the drugs." - What a lot of people do not realize is at some point the drug was the only alternative for some. I've heard several stories of people who were injured then prescribed pain pills becoming addicted to heroin. The problem begins with the injury. Then the problem is escalated when the injury is not properly treated. The person is prescribed pain pills to manage the pain. The pain pills begin to stop working so stronger medication is prescribed. There are lots of transgressions from pain pills to heroin. Eventually the person is left to decide whether to pay $80 for single pill or $20 for a dose of heroin. The costs add up until eventually there is no decision. Heroin is the only answer to deal with the pain. Some start by smoking it because it seems less dirty. But even the smokers eventually end up with a need in their arm. Once heroind sinks it's teeth in, it is war we can't imagine to break free.

"...he probably wasn't ready to stop using." - It's evident he was ready to stop using. He took the most extreme measures to ensure he stopped using.

My friend, Jeff, almost died 3 months before this incident. I had no idea my friend was using heroin until he almost died. I talked to him after he was released from the hospital. He told me heroin was unlike any other drug he had tried. When we were young we experimented with many types of drugs. We were always able to walk away from them. He told me heroin was unlike anything else out there. He said it felt like his skin was ripping off. His stomach was tied in the most severe knot you can imagine. He would deficate in his pants because he couldn't move. The only answer to feel normal again was more heroin.

My friend wasn't a bad person. He would give his shirt off his back to anyone that needed it.

RIP Jeff! I love you, Brother!

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