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Letter: Help others like my son

In the mid-1970s my son, 22 at the time, was already addicted to alcohol. After his third arrest for DUI, my son was told by his attorney (a recovering alcoholic) that he needed help. My son spent one year in a residential treatment facility, after which he went on to graduate from college and have a successful career in business.

As a young person with a low-paying job, my son had no health insurance coverage to help pay for his substance abuse treatment. My husband and I helped him pay, and I know it was one of the best investments we ever made.

If we had not helped him pay for his treatment, I have no doubt that either he would not be alive today, or he would have become a financial drain on society as a result of incarceration or health needs, for which he could not pay.

There are many young people in New Hampshire in need of substance abuse treatment. Medicaid expansion would provide treatment for the many people who are like my son.

Medicaid expansion is a good investment for New Hampshire.

ALICE T. STOUT

Contoocook

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