R. Wilner: Addicts need help

As long as there is a demand for illegal drugs, someone will supply them if they can make a buck.

Law enforcement can put dealers in jail from now until the cows come home, and someone else will step up to sell drugs if there is money to be made.

No one, when they are a little kid, says, "Gee, when I grow up, I want to be a drug addict."

Once again, Gov. LePage has opened his mouth and inserted his foot.

Addicts need help.

Dealers don't care.

Roberta Wilner, Norway

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MARK GRAVEL's picture

Seems like everyone needs

Seems like everyone needs help these days. I guess addicts need to get in line with everyone else.


Let's look at the reality of this.

Most kids don't make the statement that they want to be drug addicts when they grow up, but there is a choice on the part of "addicts" to use drugs. No one is twisting their arm in the true sense. It's like drinking or not, smoking pot or not. The government is all too anxious to swoop in and take responsibility for the choices and behaviors of others. A good example of this is the presence of multiple methadone clinics in Maine and elsewhere just substituting one addictive drug for another and for an extended amount of time. If someone really wants to rid themselves of the addiction, they, themselves, must also participate aggressively in their own recovery. God knows, there are plenty of addiction specialists paving the way for them. They can either choose (there's that word again.) to avail themselves of the help or keep using. Addicts keep the dealers in business. There is a market for the substances. If there wasn't a "market" (i.e. customers), guess what--problem solved.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

I know this, I cared for an quadriplegic addict at his home

"If someone really wants to rid themselves of the addiction, they, themselves, must also participate aggressively in their own recovery. "
Jeff was a Vietnam Medic..DAV....in a wheel chair...

The methadone clinic is a large first step to get weened off a higher addictive heroin abuse. That is the fist step to recovery for those addicts that aggressively participate in it, since they are the participator.

I would take him to the methadone clinic and also attend his treatments and support group meetings so he could be a straight person again.

These clinics may not have a high turnout of recovered addicts but it is only a starting line for those that fear the addiction, death and the law and the downfall of not being a cured person. I quit the job before he cleaned up but, I kept in touch and he did...

AL PELLETIER's picture

He just doesn't get it, Roberta

More cops, more court cases, more jails, more money we don't have and more drugs will keep coming but only cost addicts a little more money.
I don't do pot and lots of people may disagree with me but if I had my druthers here's what I would do. Legalize pot as did Colorado.
Pot sold in Maine and grown in Maine would create new farming revenues. Out of state pot would be taxed much higher then Maine pot.
Pot stores ,not dispensaries, (you don't go to beer dispensaries do you?) would be state regulated and tax revenue would be used for regulation enforcement, addiction treatment, education in the prevention of usage of the more harmful drugs like coke, meth heroin etc..Those drugs will never go away, we just need new revenues to deal with them.
We're already dealing with drunk, impaired and distracted drivers so pot smoking drivers will face the same consequences as drunk drivers.That will never go away either.
I know, it's a pretty drastic idea but LePage's plan is Vietnam all over again and we all know how that turned out.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

I will agree with you on this

I will agree with you on this one. Moreover, I would go further and legalize all drugs. I would also publicly state that the taxpayer will not pay for any health related issues cause by using drugs. If you destroy your health, you are the only one responsible.

Given that, the taxpayer saves money on enforcement and treatment.


I agree with you completely.

I agree with you completely. Use the opiates and you won't be going to a "cushy" (and they are) methadone treatment facility. Addicts who come to an E.R. know exactly what drugs to ask for. It's time the medical community stopped being "enablers."

RONALD RIML's picture

LePage didn't go to Vietnam - but I heard he goes to 'Bars'

So he shouldn't - in good conscience (if he ever had one) object to cannabis being sold for consumption in the equivalent of 'Bars' or available for 'takeout' by the 'case' or 'six-pack'

I can't imagine his decision-making capability being impaired any worse than what's already been displayed.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

In good conscience

In good conscience destructive behaviors, such as drug use or alcohol abuse, should have low to no priority for public dollars.

RONALD RIML's picture

Since when do you have a conscience; good, bad, or otherwise?

Let that 'Destructive Behavior' affect your property, and you'll squeal like a pig for public intervention.......

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Drug use leads to this

Drug use leads to this destructive behavior because of the economics of making drugs illegal. With all that money taxpayers will save, I would be willing to buy drugs for the addicts.

Again, the crime is related to funding an expensive vice. Make it cheap, then there is no need to steal.

RONALD RIML's picture

Simply decriminalize them......

See what your 'Market' does with it......

MARK GRAVEL's picture

I think it will work out just

I think it will work out just fine as long as the government stays out of it.

What are your thoughts?

RONALD RIML's picture

I just stated them



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