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I've concerns about long-term drug use replacement for addicts

To The Daily Sun,

I have directly been involved in the lives of folks addicted to drugs since the age of 12.

As a Laconia native, I started using drugs at that age and stopped using them (10 of those years as a daily heroin user) after 16 years in San Diego. I have been substance-free for 29 years. I have concerns regarding the long-term use of drug replacement as a mainstream go to treatment for addiction.

Too often, the most extreme examples are cited to support a course of treatment. The fact is that opiate withdrawal is completed within a 15-day period. It seems that an industry of professional practice is building with the arrival of funds. Those professionals should be only for critical intervention ... they shouldn't become the long-term reality of people's lives.

The state funds would be more wisely applied to community chemical-free resources that serve to integrate folks into a chemical-free community/lifestyle. We have to move away from raising our kids on Adderall, blunting their anxiety with Benzodiazepines, providing medical marijuana for their emotional discomfort, Suboxone or methadone for years.

Stripped of the PR lingo — addicts are offered a 1/2 life of monthly prescriptions and 15-minute therapy visits — addiction is slavery, upgrading from field slave to house slave is not the same as freedom. There will always be a tiny number of people who really need the above medications, but not an entire generation of people.

Robert Johnson

South Sutton

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Spend a few dollars to have smoke & CO detectors installed at home

To The Daily Sun,

Now that the circus that was the N.H. Presidential Primary is over, and the acrobats have all left town, things have quieted down. We have local elections coming up, and many of the letters have to do with supporting some candidate or the other; some position or the other. The courts are considering whether or not it is permissible to go topless on state and local beaches, or presumably anywhere these women would like, if they win the day. According to that "other paper" from Manchester, state lawmakers are debating whether it is illegal to have carnal knowledge with animals. If they aren't horsing around, I hope they feel sheepish because there are other far more important things to consider.

In the midst of looking to purchase a new home here in the Granite State, I discovered that it is not required to have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in homes older than January 1, 2000 unless a renovation has occurred that affects more than 50 percent of the home's appraised value. Now to be fair, we moved up from Massachusetts last year where kerosene stoves and heaters are illegal and local fire \departments get to charge you $35 to inspect your home before selling to ensure you have all of the required safety items installed. But I've gone through many homes here that have kerosene heaters, massive wood stoves, pellet stoves, or fireplaces ... and not a smoke detector or CO detector to be found. It seems that priorities are a wee bit skewed. One fire chief in a local town told me that the New Hampshire motto should be "Live Free ... AND Die" because of the lack of requisite safety apparatus in homes.

So while our elected leaders are worried about who is flashing who, or if "Lassie" is in a menage a' trois, I wonder about (and worry) about all of you who are burning wood, pellets, kerosene, and oil and if you are going to perish from a silent killer like carbon monoxide, or like a childhood friend of mine who died in a fire from a time before smoke detectors. And if you don't have them? I'd recommend the expenditure of a few dollars to get them installed before next winter, so that we can all survive to complain about whomever gets elected in November.

Alan Vervaeke

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