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A different kind of response to the NPR article

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The letter below refers to the Perspectives article posted in LDN on Nov. 13:


To the editor:

Kelly McEvers was right about Lincoln.

I fear you're wrong about the drug situation in Lincoln. Talk to local counselors about booze-fueled domestic abuse. It's pretty bad in this town. Yes, alcohol is a drug. It just happens to be legal. Then there is heroin. Peoria hospitals report an alarming increase in heroin overdose cases, and I would bet that our hospital would show the same. Of course, a lot of ODs aren't reported for fear of tangling with the law. (By the way, I wonder if our medical community is telling our local heroin users about kits that are available to treat overdoses and save lives. If Cory Montieth had been alerted to the existence of such a kit, there'd probably be a Finn on Glee this fall.)

Every time the local media run the Lincoln/Logan County police blotter, half the stories are about busts for pot. Why are we arresting people who get high on pot but licensing bars that help people get high on booze? Here's why: Booze is for the middle and upper class. Pot is for penniless students and those stuck in grinding poverty. We need to change our drug laws. The so-called "War on Drugs" was lost decades ago.

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By the way, if you want to know why you can buy a hit of heroin in Lincoln for about 5 to 10 bucks -- cheaper than a bottle of Jack Daniels -- it's because the nation of Afghanistan (the place where we've spent trillions of our tax dollars to change the local economy) hasn't changed very much, except to increase its production of poppies, which are made into heroin, which is shipped to Lincoln. Pay your U.S. income tax and support heroin distribution in Lincoln. That's the long and short of it.

We could change this. But doctors and pastors and attorneys and mayors and editors would have to speak up. That probably isn't going to happen. We're going to have to rely on Kelly McEvers and NPR.

Here's NPR's story (Wednesday) about booming heroin production in Afghanistan:

Gary Davis

[Posted November 16, 2013]

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For previously posted responses to the Nov. 13 commentary on Kelly McEvers' NPR article,
click here.
(Responses from Jeanne Ludwig, Frankie Guzzardo, Phil Bertoni and Bill Gossett)

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