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N.H. stands a much better than average chance of turning tide

To The Daily Sun,

Another reason why and how the heroin epidemic found its parasitic niche in the soul of our society.

The mild winter ends and with spring in the air, low oil prices and with a gradual upturn in the real estate market; there is hope for those who struggle. Young families starting from the lower economic rungs may be able to see a brighter future. The possibility of a double full-time income household has increased recently. There is, for the time being, a glimmer of hope that they can prosper similarly to families of previous decades. Or at least currently they have a slightly better chance.

Youthful ignorance is bliss. Young optimistic families have very little idea of how much better their chances of economic prosperity could have been had it not been for the selfish, greedy blunders of my generation, myself included. Forty years ago, who would have "thunk" that by the early 21st Century the course of American economic opportunity would flounder on the bottom of sea of political and global economic stagnation.

Integrity, ethics, sincerity. We make decisions that we have to live with and our children, loved ones, students, clients, patients, friends, enemies, followers and leaders are the audience. Our decisions affect those around us and the ripple effect carries on, beyond sight.

This is an incredibly important moment. There is awareness like never before. Cohesion among both political parties, a higher level of acceptance of the necessity of support groups along with clinical treatment and medication assisted recovery, on-line support group recovery models, law enforcement officers pull the near fatally overdosed from the jaws of death, often repeatedly, law professionals working with compassion and vigilance to try to find the truth.

Sober rooming houses multiply in each cities, in-patient residential treatment models that were thought of as a thing of the past are back, spirituality and clergy co-exist. This day is the perfect storm for the first and probably the most effective wave of attack against substance addiction of the very worst, most powerful kind. Opioids are the darkest.

How we vote, act and prioritize, will set the course. Everyone is losing something because of this insidious force. No one is unscathed.

Big Pharma now sees the potential of a trillion in profits from helping recovery, instead of filling its hand from marketing drugs that can lead to indescribable heartache, addiction and death.

New Hampshire stands a much better than average chance of moving this tide back because of a smaller population and smaller urban areas, along with its location in the Northeast.

But after the election and when a bit of measurable progress has been accomplished, resolve and fortitude will naturally begin to wane. Now, is the time for us to act for the next generation. Thirty or 40 years from now this drug addiction crisis will be beaten because now we are organized and concerted in the face of a powerful force that persistently tries to convince us, that it isn't really there at all.

Right now, the money and attention is available. Politicians are doing their jobs well by responding to the outcries of the people. Whether they truly believe in the cause or not, they seem to be realizing that politicians are employed by the people, not the other way around.

But it will not be for long and the drug epidemic is not the only threat that America and the rest of the free world face. How many more will suffer and die in the meantime, is our decision to make.

Michael Tensel

A&D Recovery Counseling

Laconia

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Public is welcome at Women's History Month program at LRCC

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of Lakes Region Community College's Equity Committee and Department of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, I would like to invite the public to our celebration of Women's History Month on Wednesday, March 30, 11 a.m. in the College's Academic Commons. This year's theme is "Women in Engineering."

At Lakes Region Community College we encourage women to explore "non-traditional" careers such as technology and the sciences. Please come out and hear our guest speakers. Refreshments will be served.

Scott Cracraft, Professor

History and Social Sciences

Lakes Region Community College

Laconia

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