In our opinion: Empower local communities to attack the opioid crisis

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  • Misty Mountain Kent, WA
    March 23, 2018 10:16 a.m.

    OK, just what do you mean by "empowering" local communities? What powers do you want to give them that they don't already have?

    If you are proposing giving local communities money--and "trusting" them to spend it wisely--that is a fool's errand. The tobacco lawsuit money was given to states with no requirement that they spend it on anything to do with decreasing smoking. Look at the difference in results in California and Nebraska. California spent heavily on programs to keep kids from starting to smoke and brought down the rate of new smokers. Nebraska didn't change the rate of decline of smoking at all. But their Fish and Games commission has some very nice nice speedboats (allegedly to use for patrolling fishing areas) that they didn't have before.

  • imsmarterthanyou Salt Lake City, UT
    March 22, 2018 12:23 p.m.

    The only people who are addicted to opiates are those who choose to be. Making the medications nearly impossible to get for people who have a legitimate need makes no sense at all. I will be having a surgery with a very painful recovery soon and now all this makes me very concerned that I will be forced to endure unnecessary pain because other people can't control themselves. Those medications are great for people who actually need them on occasion and harassing doctors for prescribing them to people who are in actual pain is typical democrat senselessness. Not a single brain in the lot of them.

  • Fabled Soul Provo, UT
    March 22, 2018 8:48 a.m.

    The opioid problem is the result of open border policies, which this newspaper supports.

  • Dave T in Ogden Ogden, UT
    March 22, 2018 7:34 a.m.

    The opioid problem can be reduced with more surveys, address trauma, research technology affects, and know human behavior. These areas can help solve the opioid problem.

    We have a business culture where surveys are given to managers, but nowhere do they ask frontline employees who directly deal with customers, or ask the customers themselves.
    Opioid commissions do not include the users themselves. Several times more people attempt suicides than those who do. Those dear people who attempted should be the focus of surveys and the best people to be included on any Opioid board.

    Trauma in people's lives must be addressed. For physical, sexual, emotional harmful experiences people want to "escape" by "medicating" themselves with porn, alcohol, and drug abuse.

    Change of technology capabilities, social websites, fast video downloads, smartphones, people can get distracted and stay on the computer for hours. This isolates people for much needed human contact.

    A simple kind human contact, a gentle touch on the shoulder, a listening ear are needed. Instead, we live in walls of guns, guard dogs, and get tough on drugs. Get tough talk will just make things worse.

  • What in Tucket Provo, UT
    March 22, 2018 6:49 a.m.

    I am not sure we should ask the death penalty for each dealer as it is so expensive in litigation to put someone on death row. But surely a 10-20 years sentence would have some serious effect. I see no reason we should have any drug dealers for heroin or any gang members. Moreover if a person is a suspect and an illegal maybe deportation could be done.