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Letters On the opioid fight, start with the ‘why?’


On drug fight, start

with the ‘why?’

I realize I’m probably a lone voice in the crowd. However, I believe the real problem is: why are these individuals becoming addicted in the first place?

Nine out of 10 addicts made the conscious choice to take these drugs. They see their friends addicted and dying yet they still, for whatever reason, make the conscious choice to take the drug for the first time.

I do understand that individuals who have been in pain and take painkilling drugs due to medical issues can easily become addicted. I’m not talking about these individuals.

We are so focused on getting a supply of drugs that we can administer to counteract the effects of the street drugs when, in fact, we should be focused on more education and try to discover why these young people are taking them in the first place.

Also, the fact that we have so many unscrupulous rehab facilities in Palm Beach County that draw addicts from every corner of the U.S., and then, of course, they relapse in sunny Florida and we are left to pick up the pieces.

My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a loved one due to drugs, however, I think we’re starting at the wrong end of the road.

J.E. GROSSMAN, WEST PALM BEACH

Trump should practice

what he preaches

This week, President Donald Trump spoke to construction workers promising to bring jobs back to America. How are construction jobs done overseas? Doesn’t make sense.

“Hire American,” yet Trump has hired H2-B visa staff from Eastern European nations.

“Buy American,” yet “Make America Great Again” caps are all produced in China, as are many of the materials in Trump’s hotels.

Do as I say, not as I do.

SHEILA JAFFE, BOCA RATON

Editor’s note: Caps sold on the Trump campaign website are labeled “Proudly made in the USA.” Versions made by street vendors have been made overseas.

Find compromise on

Planned Parenthood

I am writing in response to the recent controversy regarding HR 354, the defunding of Planned Parenthood. It is quite disturbing to see the actions of the current administration moving forward with this legislation.

As an independent, private citizen I am completely in agreement with giving more power to the states to govern public programs. However, I don’t believe inserting political motivations into those decisions is a good idea.

Planned Parenthood is an organization that has been helping women for more than 100 years and has never used public money to fund abortion procedures. That money is designated for vital reproductive care, cancer screenings and pregnancy prevention.

Cutting unnecessary programs is certainly needed in our federal government, but not the ones that are doing so much good for so many women and low-income families.

I, too, was a client in Boca Raton some 25 years ago, and did not have access to any other reproductive care as a teenager. The staff and doctors were very caring and made me feel safe. They also educated me about the risks of unprotected sex, STDs and the importance of birth control.

The care and information they provided helped me countless times throughout my teen and young adult years to take care of and respect my body as a woman.

I cannot even imagine the possible outcomes that may have occurred in their absence. I ask that you continue your coverage on this issue and really focus on both sides of the issue. There must be a middle ground.

HEATHER SHIRM, LANTANA



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