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Letter: The baby in the bathwater


Saturday, January 13, 2018
The baby in the bathwater

Politically we can find some optimism in the efforts that are underway to deal with social issues that affect nearly all of us. First of all, in a big way, party cooperation is finding a way in and permitting discussions to happen in the first place. Kudos to the major players for their efforts; keep it up.

More locally, I see a driving effort to approach dealing with a problem that already exists in the addiction to opioids. This becomes dangerous if we allow a choice to use a substance like marijuana to be looked at the same way as a physically addicting drug such as an opioid. Perhaps we could realize that before a user first chooses to use an opioid (and the majority of times they are choosing) is the best time to help. So before we throw out the baby with the bathwater, let’s keep a good eye on that baby.

PETER HOWE

Concord