LETTER: Don’t paint all addicts with same brush

Here’s another letter slamming Andy Neimers’ letters on addiction.

It’s true bottles don’t force themselves to anybody’s mouth nor do needles magically inject themselves. But Neimers’ sanctimonious grouping of addicts into the “ drug friendly crowd,” deserves rebuttal.

Many people, including doctors, are addicted to pharmaceutical drugs including opioids. Often this addiction started as a way to function with chronic pain or an unmanageable lifestyle.

Similarly, I read about our veterans who, dealing with PTSD or grievous injuries, become addicted to alcohol, antidepressants and painkillers.

There are many untold stories of people who became addicts through struggling to cope with pain , mental , emotional and physical. Not all people become addicts by seeking to get high.

One should take a metaphorical walk in their shoes before tarring them all with the same brush. It’s Christmas. Time to take a charitable view of those with addiction burdens.

Ted Roberts, Saseenos

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