Letters to the Editor

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Tag: drugs

July
1st

POT: Washington is just another cartel

In recent years, the United States government has spent billions of dollars and countless man hours, and even lost lives, in an effort to combat the production and distribution of illegal drugs.

Now, in our own state, we have a government that will control the growth, processing, manufacture, distribution and sales of marijuana. It will profit from the ridiculously high taxes from each level from the production to final sale. There will be stiff penalties for any activities outside the control or supervision of the governing entities.

So, short of executions, what makes the state of Washington different that any

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March
31st

HECK: Congressman’s positions are unclear

If you live in the 10th Congressional District, you received the March newsletter from Denny Heck. Keep in mind that Heck was elected to represent us in Washington, D.C,. as a United States congressman.

While we can appreciate his efforts to protect Puget Sound, I’m concerned that the congressman may have become bored with his committee assignments. His newsletter actually has directions on how to scoop dog poop and  landscape your yard, as well as advice on using a commercial car wash vs. washing your car in the driveway.

We’ll take our dogs to a professional dog groomer to protect

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March
13th

DRUGS: Opioids pushed on nursing home patients

I am an internal medicine physician who works in skilled nursing facilities and also treat opioid addicted/dependent patients in private practice.

I believe one critical issue in nursing homes is that patients who suffer from pain are threatened with being kicked out (told to pay out of pocket) if they are unable to participate in therapy on a consistent basis. Specifically, if they are refusing three or more times in a week, they are (usually) discharged from therapy services.

That often results in a decertification from the payor – either Medicare, an insurance company or Medicaid/DSHS. As a result, the

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Feb.
6th

DRUGS: A bad idea for treating addiction

I usually find Eugene Robinson to be thoughtful and insightful. However, as a person who works in the addiction recovery field, I was appalled by his Feb. 4 column. He suggested that the war on drugs should be waged by “prescribing to addicts pharmaceutical-grade heroin and other drugs, then medically monitoring them.”

We already face the challenge of how to deal with addicts who will devise ways to inject illegal drugs into valid medical IVs. They will leave the hospital against medical advice and use IV ports to administer street drugs.

Even when they are in residential treatment, there

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Sep.
4th

POT: Legalization isn’t a major game-changer

Re: “State’s victory in pot decision will be felt south of the border” (Your Voice, 9-3).

Hold the celebration. It is a pipe dream, excuse the pun, to claim that enactment of Initiative 502 will “break the stranglehold drug cartels have on the marijuana trade.”

As we have witnessed 10 months of regulatory and taxation posturing while our state tries to figure out how to be in the marijuana business, it becomes clear that there is no way that it will establish a system that can compete price-wise with the well-established cartels and their market-based pricing.

Black markets flourish

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July
23rd

DRUGS: Do MLB and NFL really mean it?

Repeated news stories indicate that the owners and commissioners of major league sports will stop at nothing to eliminate the use of performance enhancing drugs in both the National Football League and Major League Baseball.

Does this mean that we will no longer see advertisements for Viagra, Cialis or similar performance-enhancing drugs during televised football or baseball games? Or are they only concerned with active players’ “performance” on the playing fields?

Feb.
15th

WELFARE: Drug-testing shown to be a bad idea

The recent proposal to require drug-testing for those seeking family welfare benefits is a bad idea for more than one reason.

• It will cost taxpayers far more than it will save. Florida’s 2011 attempt to drug-test applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) ended with two significant results: 98 percent of the TANF applicants tested (who were mainly women and children over 12) did not use drugs, and the cost of administering the program was far greater than any hoped-for savings.

• The word “welfare” is too often used without precision, resulting in ignorant judgments about actual recipients

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Dec.
14th

METH: Drug abuse doesn’t belong in criminal system

Your editorial (TNT, 12-13) warning not to forget the much more dangerous meth as we venture into a world where pot is legal is right on.

As you say, there is a real danger of the cartels’ greater involvement – but really only because it’s illegal. The true change in thinking about marijuana is a recognition that it needs to be treated as a health problem, not a criminal offense. Using the criminal system to address drug use only makes the problem worse.

Proponents of using the criminal system continue to fantasize about a world where no one uses

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