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Published: Thursday, March 11 2010 8:17 p.m. MST

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Whiggy

The legislature must be applauded for finally taking a tough stance on drug use. Those who oppose these bills and support legalization of drugs are living in a fantasy land. 90% of the thefts, forgeries, and identity theft crimes are drug related. Legalizing drugs would only increase these numbers. Those of us who oppose crime offer our thanks to the legislature.

Deception

The tough stance should not be on drug users but on the legal drug pushers -- doctors, pharmacists, drug makers and government. The medical community needs to take action and stop handing opioids out like candy. The pharmacists must do a better job of educating the public about the dangers and highly addictive nature of "legally" prescribed drugs. The individual must also take responsibility, however, there judgement is often compromised because they know the drugs are sanctioned by the FDA, prescribed by a doctor and dispensed by a pharmacist. Some drug companies use deceptive marketing practices to ensure greater profits and the FDA simply approves the drugs. The government needs to focus on "prescription drugs...especially opioids" and not only the illicit drugs. After all it is the prescription drugs that have created an epidemic of addiction, overdoses and deaths. Legal does not mean safe. Opioids have the same effect on the body and mind as heroin...why wouldn't they...their molecular structures are almost identical. Effective compassionate treatment is required for those addicted. Addiction is a health issue not a moral failing.

Agreeign with Deception

I think tha utah legisiature or some one at least should increase user awareness on over doses for precription drugs. also doctors and pharmicists in my opinion should warn /remind users about over doses.

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sherryberrett

I have Severe cronic back/leg pain. I would have a HARD time wanting to live with the PAIN in my back. I had surgery in'03,and i'm in WORSE pain. I hope this helps..I also get other treatments along with my narcotics.I just saw a psychiatrist to make sure i'm on track emotionally,ect.(He said i am.)I push myself past the HORRID pain... and exercise. I'm asking ONE thing P_L_E_A_S_E!,don't put us all in "one box" and say it will work.I mean NO disrespect,but we all know this can happen, and does. I honestly think most all drs., monitor their patients very well! There are people out there wanting to take their lives because they CAN'T get the meds. they NEED FOR THEIR PAIN, not because of addiction..but the same old problem, they can't afford them! Just another side of the"coin". Think about it,get back to me if you'd like. Maybe you won't..but SOME of you know this to be the truth. thank you.P.S.THANK GOD FOR FREE SPEACH!

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