February 12

Letter to the editor: Enforcement versus treatment: Maine's governor doesn't get it

It was with great disappointment that I read in the paper that Gov. Le-Page is calling for an escalation of the state’s “war on drugs” (“With drug crackdown, LePage favoring enforcement over treatment,” Feb. 6).

Maine has a growing heroin epidemic that is reaching into families everywhere.

It is our children, our wives and our husbands being destroyed by these opiates, and unfortunately, the governor’s only response is to cut funding that supports drug intervention and treatment programs and spend up to $3 million hiring new prosecutors, judges and Drug Enforcement Agency employees.

Someone has a drug problem? Lock him up with the rest of the “criminals.”

I would ask the governor that if he can’t care enough about people to take the time to study drug addiction and its treatments, then at the very least he may appreciate that it costs more than $1,000 a week to imprison drug offenders, while weekly treatments cost a tenth of that.

Drug treatment is not some wild liberal theory. It works. Drug addiction knows no political party or financial stratum. It destroys everyone it touches, and that includes the family members of the addict.

We are all at risk. Please, stop playing at politics and start really caring about Mainers.

Peyton and Chake Higgison
Brunswick

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors




Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)