By Letter to the Editor on March 13, 2020.
Re: “Government propaganda targets vulnerable populations,” Jan. 27
Obviously the writer, Corey Ranger, doesn’t like Premier Jason Kenney, columnist Rick Bell or the UCP. What a surprise. That’s your right and I support you in your right to speak as you see fit. I do not support your viewpoint.
You quote Kenney’s “help addicts inject poison” comments and later write “an average of two Albertans die every day at the hands of opioid poisoning.” I trust you to see the irony. Opioid addicts don’t die from too many slurpees. Opioids are poison.
Many have suggested to place the supervised consumption site at the police station. That’s genius. It being there would help build rapport with law enforcement and the community of opioid users. Social workers and others involved would be better protected and therefore happier and more productive. All involved would be better served in the end goal of quitting opioids.
Ranger’s guest column is full of false victimhood and devoid of personal responsibility. Our goal as loving and caring society should be zero opioid overdose deaths in Canada, not the normalization of a debilitating blight that eats people for money.
Your column lacks any mention of opioid dealers – merchants of death. Opioid dealers are mass murderers and should be punished as such.
As cold as this may sound, supervised consumption sites help subsidize the opioid dealers by keeping their customers alive, thereby maximizing the profits of the dealers.
As an advocate, Ranger must be aware of the addicts who have been given the “kiss of life” multiple times. These people need help to kick the habit, not help to feed it.
My social circle includes people touched by opioid abuse, some I love or loved. They either kick the habit or die too young. Drug use isn’t a lifestyle, it’s a “deathstyle.” These are not happy stories.
There are choices, and responsibility for those choices. If we really care we will try to stop people from killing themselves, right?
The penalty for dealing opioids should be as stiff or moreso than for mass murder. Dealers profit daily from the degradation and destruction of other human beings. That’s as low as the slavemaster or pimp who works their charges to death.
Ranger infers the old ways don’t work. I say your new way doesn’t work either, only worse.
So what’s the answer? Let’s start by agreeing zero opioid overdose deaths in Canada is our goal and go from there.
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