Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 4, 2013

Addicts need prayers, not condemnation

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — To the recent letter writer who wrote about tax dollars being spent to accommodate the drug addicts, evidently you have not had a member of your family affected by this epidemic.

Evidently you don’t know what it’s like to get that call, that a loved one, neighbor, someone you grew up with, or  your children grew up with, has overdosed.

Yes, it costs tax dollars, but you are talking about human beings, with living souls, created by God.

Once this addiction, this drug demon, gets hold of someone, it’s not an easy thing to shake, and rehab, or trading one drug for another, isn’t always the answer either.

I pray that you never have to feel the personal pain of the drug epidemic in your family. These “addicts” need our prayers, not our condemnation. If we take a good look at ourselves, isn’t there something, in all our lives that we need to change?

Rosemary Haun

North Tazewell, Va.