To the editor:
“What we’re really trying to do is change the culture. We’re trying to work with them so they’re not left to their own devices. It’s a culture shift.”
It’s unusual for an editorial to comment on an obituary. Obituaries are deeply personal stories of families’ grief, remembrances of lost loved ones.
In the fight against opioid addiction, it is important not only to find new approaches to treatment but to support programs that have already been proven to work.
This Week's Circulars
Amesbury - Elizabeth Anne (Evans) Zabriskie, of Amesbury, just one week shy of her 59th birthday, died Wednesday evening, October 16, 2019, at Exeter Hospital, following a long struggle with pulmonary disease. Born in Amesbury on October 23, 1960, Elizabeth was one of three daughters of the …
- Police: Salisbury man dies in truck crash in Merrimac
- Ipswich man banned from YMCA after arrest
- Storm closes schools, cuts power to thousands in Greater Newburyport
- Amesbury woman faces OUI charge after accident
- Chain Bridge to close this weekend
- Annual Harvest Festival draws crowds to downtown Newburyport
- Newburyport man receives probation after threatening neighbors
- Boat owner rescued from Merrimack after fall
- Tempers flare in West Newbury over conflict of interest claims
- Newbury, Lynn students take on ecobricks project
St. Teresa of Avila reverently wrote these words: “ … Christ has no body but yours; no hand, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which his compassion looks out upon the world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.”
Fentanyl can kill an opiate addict just as easily as heroin. Yet trafficking in the powerful synthetic drug -- more than 50 times more powerful than heroin -- is not illegal in Massachusetts, and the gap in enforcement has exacerbated the death and suffering wrought by the current epidemic.
Many in the law enforcement and drug treatment communities took a wait-and-see attitude when the Gloucester Police Department unveiled its "angel" program, which treats those in the grips of opioid addiction with compassion and mercy.
There is growing support to repeal mandatory sentencing for drug offenses sponsored by numerous state legislators and also backed by a Washington-based group, Families Against Mandatory Minimums. The motivations are varied but a common theme certainly can be attributed to public reaction to …
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and other top state officials have made clear opiate addiction is not a matter of crime and punishment but rather one of public health.
For those whose primary view of life comes from television and movies, heroin and opiate addiction happen somewhere else. The world of the fictional heroin junkie is a squalid one, populated by the dregs of society lurking in dark alleys, desperately seeking their next high.
She seemed paranoid, agitated and unable to look me in the eye. She was young, 18, 19 maybe, addicted. The hair disheveled, a sandwich half-eaten in her left hand, taking bites of it, her right hand wiping her face intermittently with the back of it or pushing her eyeglasses toward her face …
Ten years ago, the pages of this paper were filled with stories of families held hostage to opiate addiction. Young men and women barely out of high school found themselves in jail, their promising lives derailed by heroin and OxyContin. Children wept for parents lost to overdose. Parents in…