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It's good for big pharma to know there's big bucks in fighting addiction

To The Daily Sun,

The present-day opioid addiction epidemic in our community and nation as a whole could and should bring about positive long-term results in proportion. This moment could be a peak of awareness that has the potential to result in permanent, positive change. Since the mid-1800s, when morphine-derived addiction really took root in the U.S., there has not been a time when it has been this widespread and serious. More and more lives are lost or ruined than ever before.

Profit incentive is probably the most powerful potential weapon against this crisis and along with immense advancements in technology, a very negative trend could be on the verge of dramatic change in the opposite direction. Most politicians truly are dedicated to helping and improving the lives of their constituencies, which are calling out for serious action against the socially and economically debilitating scourge of addiction. Our governor is hearing the pleas from families, police and legislators. She wants to do and is doing everything she can.

The state system of government is in the process of the intricate development of laws and procedures that will help intervene in a humanistic way, hopefully for years to come. Tighter controls on the output of prescribed, potentially addictive medicines is one example, however, too much government control can be a hindrance in a free-market system. The increasingly sophisticated drug courts are another more advanced method. Legal professionals are getting more involved in the personal direction of suffering addicts like never before, and they are doing this with sincere intent. Treatment that is medication assisted has reached a new height with the development of buprenorphine and full opiate blockers that are administered monthly. Support group networks are accessible over the net with positive results.

Pharmaceutical companies are motivated to make profit and that is a value in our free-enterprise system that we must protect. These companies do not exist for the purpose of helping people and that is a very good thing. Corporations, private companies and big business are our most formidable force against the spread of opioid addiction. If there are hundreds of billions in profit to be made from developing non-habit-forming pain relievers as well as recovery enhancing medicines, then further breakthroughs are inevitable. We mustn't forget that the drive to make money is vastly powerful and if big business believes that more money can be made from defeating addiction than increasing it, then the tide will turn.

A team approach in behemoth proportions for an extended period of time will eventually bring about great success toward ending most potential addiction. Prevention, awareness and the availability of quality treatment will, over time mitigate the likelihood of generations to come being subjected to humankind's darkest addiction of all.

Hopefully, those with that power and ability will continue to strike while the iron is hot, with the 'long-term vision' in mind.

Michael Tensel

A&D Recovery Counseling

Laconia

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If voters strike GYRL appropriation, selectmen can just transfer funds

To The Daily Sun,

The following is taken directing from the agreement between the Gilmanton Year-Round Library and the Town of Gilmanton: "The purpose of this contract is to secure funding for the library, thereby keeping the 501c3 non profit organization viable, and to secure the services described below for the town for the defined budget amount."

Paragraph three: "The Town of Gilmanton will include $50,000 for the operation and maintenance of the library in its annual budget submitted to the voters each year of this agreement. Both parties understand that the voters are free to amend the proposed budget at the deliberative session and may choose to strike the appropriation from the budget. If this happens ,the Board of Selectmen may, in its discretion, but are not obligated to, transfer other legally available funds of up to $50,000 for this purpose."

Let me interpret. Should you be able to strike, remove, this appropriation from the budget, the Board of Selectmen can still transfer $50,000 from the operating budget to cover the contract.

Should Chairman Hatch and Selectman Jean approve this contract, it is binding. The only opportunity to amend is at the deliberative session. This amendment would have to be brought forward in front of a partisan crowd of GYRL supporters. An amendment to lower any dollar amount is very difficult, and frankly impossible. Your amendment would be voted on and defeated.

The traditional town meeting was manipulated in this fashion by special interest groups, and I believe that is the primary reason SB-2 passed. Today you vote in the privacy of the voter booth — free of intimidation — on warrant articles, provided you have the opportunity.

I believe in the GYRL and have donated books, beverages, and time to fundraising events. I do not believe in this method of contracting services.

The GYRL should place the three-year contract as a petitioned warrant article, and stop trying to circumvent the system. Your vote counts. Let Hatch and Jean know what you think.

Don Guarino

Gilmanton Selectman

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