We are writing today in regard to the federal trial of local doctor Merideth Norris.

We know the pain of watching someone we care for suffer through an opioid addiction. It’s absolutely heartbreaking and often extremely frustrating. Getting through it requires both compassion and understanding. But addiction is a disease that also requires proper medical care managed by experienced and well-trained doctors, not by politicians or government bureaucrats.

The opioid crisis is real and needs to be addressed, but prosecuting doctors who take on complex cases is absolutely not the way to do it. Such prosecutions will only make it more difficult for patients and their loved ones to find the help that they need. In addition, silencing vocal patient advocates like Dr. Norris sends a chilling, almost Orwellian, message that risks deepening the crisis and harming more people.

Ian and Alyson Durham

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