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June 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM

‘War on drugs’

Take responsibility

With front-page stories for two consecutive days, one’s attention may be temporarily diverted from guns and wars to a war that we have been fighting for decades [“Heroin use spikes in under-30 age group,” page one, June 12]. I speak, of course, about the so-called “war on drugs.”

Does anybody else wonder if the pain, suffering and treasure spent to save us from ourselves is worth it? When do we start becoming accountable for our choices? It seems as if DUI offenders have to kill someone before we recognize that they, and consequently we, have a problem.

We live in a country that tolerates — even glorifies, in some cases — drug use. The fact that the good news regarding our drug use is that 10th-graders are using less prescription-type opiates to get high is a sad commentary on our society.

Don Curtis, Clinton

Comments | Topics: drug use, heroin, youth

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