The article published Nov. 20, 2013 (Portsmouth nurse testifies for needle exchange) about our fine government considering funding needle exchange programs causes me to submit my opinion. Not living in a cave and being literate, I’ve been led to believe by the abundance of press coverage over the last several years that Scioto County is one of the most impoverished and drug riddled counties in the state and that the nation as a whole is trillions in debt and similarly plagued by drug addicts as well as illegal aliens and slackers.
Where the *?# is the logic in giving dopers free supplies to continue their endeavor to harm themselves and be a bane to society? This taxpayer is not unconcerned about the spread of disease but giving clean needles to drug addicts is no guarantee that those who have chosen to fry their brains won’t simply throw the needles out the window after they’ve used them. Stoned people often do stupid things. It is also no guarantee that the addicts will refrain from stealing and robbing for the money required to buy the drugs which the government intends to facilitate the use of. Drug addicts, children, are usually not hardworking citizens.
Drug abuse is a crime but if the offenders are not going to be prosecuted at least round them up and compel them to treatment. Facilitating their addiction and lawlessness is moronic. What’s next? Free gloves and masks for burglars? Free condoms and lotions for prostitutes?
Aaron R. Triplett