Letters: War on substance abuse

Sooke resident wonders how to discourage mind altering drugs

I have been reading the letters of marijuana use, debate, etc. My questions are these. Why take any mind altering drugs, marijuana, ecstacy, alcohol, heroin? Do we love our children? If we care and love our children, why would we encourage any drug use?

Why would any responsible adult encourage substance use to alter the mind of anyone?

Could you imagine giving a little child of one, any mind altering drug? How about a three year old? How about a five year old? At what age do you think it okay to give  your child a drug which may alter the way they will spend the rest of their lives and  thus, decide who they may or may not become?

Would not any responsible, loving adult do everything in their power to raise their children with an initiative to choose a healthy way of life and to grow up to be the best that they could be?

How many of the hundreds of thousands of drug and/or alcohol addicted adults thought they would be who they ended up being when they took their first drink, first marijuana, ecstacy, heroin, prescription drug, etc?

Whitney Houston did not want to be the way she ended up being. It was not her intent when she took her first drink to take other drugs as well and end her life the way she did.

Let’s just all join together to continue to encourage our children to make healthy choices for their bodies and minds.

Ellen Lewers

Sooke