Letter: Supplying drugs to addicts a cheaper alternative

Today, we can say for sure that the medical system has not found a cure or an answer for the addicted people. 

To the editor:

The addicted, once in an overdose, will, hopefully be brought to the hospital or attended by medics and not die, this time, at least.  If he has a close call, will he quit the drugs?  Not a hope in hell — he will take the next dose as well.  These medical interventions are very expensive and do not help the addict or prevent the next overdose.

So, what should society do to help our fellow man and his chemicals?

Many dollars are spent each year to attempt to slow the drugs entering or being made in our country.  We seem to be able to catch the small fish but not the big ones. What can the answer be?

Each addicted person would be required to carry his ID card and could go to a registered pharmacy or liquor store and, only once per day, pick up his required drug which would be pure pharmacy quality and not doctored with chemical dangerous to life.  Let the addicted people have this for free especially if they would steal or rob to get their drugs.  It has been proven that addicts can function quite well as long as they have the monkey on their back “happy”.

The money spent on the daily policing of the drugs would easily pay for the clean drugs for the addicted people.

Today, we can say for sure that the medical system has not found a cure or an answer for the addicted people. If an addict decides to go for the overdose then it would be his choice and we could let that person make that choice without interfering.

Just think, it may also help to reduce the crime and killing on our streets.

Jorgen Hansen, Kelowna



Just Posted

Long-awaited homelessness strategy presented to Kelowna council

The made-in-Kelowna solution calls for an investment of $46.7 million over five years

RCMP seize multiple firearms and drugs

Kelowna RCMP comfirm most of the firearms were stolen

Okanagan-Shuswap homes still without power

Storm that rolled through Okanagan-Shuswap caused power outages

Kelowna agencies participate in National HIV Testing Day

Goal to help reduce negative stigma associated with HIV blood testing

Restaurant renovations complete at Kelowna airport

The kitchen of the White Spot restaurant at YLW has been upgraded

More rain on the way

Environment Canada is calling for thunderstorms in the Okanagan - Shuswap

MyHealth portal expands in Vernon

Popular project will expand throughout Interior Health throughout the summer

Sun Devils take 3 at home, still undefeated

Defending champion Kelowna is 23-0 in B.C. 18U AAA baseball

Provincial theatre festival plays through Vernon

Theatre BC’s Mainstage Festival kicks off June 29, ends July 7 with banquet

Judge dismisses DNA request in Cranbrook triple murder case

Dean Christopher Roberts must appeal directly to the federal Minister of Justice, reads ruling.

Yes, we could use a soft drink tax

NDP rejects useful tax advice because it’s not popular

Jackals seeking threepeat in rugby

Will meet Penticton in Okanagan Rugby Union final

Okanagan College Trades Centre benefits from Coldstream companies

R.E. Postill and Sons Ltd. and Postill Nixon Earthworks donate $25,000

Most Read