Letter: This drug crisis touches us all

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

To the editor:

Hi Bradford Banks. You wrote in last week complaining that drug addicts are given free medicine to save their lives and asked why doesn’t everyone get free drugs. Good question. Did you vote?

It seems to me there was one candidate who thought that was a great idea. What happened to him? How about bringing down the costs of all drugs so they’re at least affordable to everyone? Your president promised to do that, most recently at the State of the Union address not even a month ago, but he’s hiring a lot of people recruited from pharmaceutical companies. What do you think that means? Why don’t you call 1600 Penn and complain about that before you start wishing death on the sick people who get a “free” dose of Narcan, which is less than $50.

Your letter also makes clear that you assume every drug addict is unemployed and without insurance, which couldn’t be farther from the truth. Drug addiction cuts across all lines as most people know. Someone you love could be sticking a needle in their arm right this second and if you haven’t yet been touched by this plague, I guarantee you will be. It’s only a matter of time.

Lucy Pivonka