Thursday, October 13, 2016

Springfield House candidates ponder methadone issue

Drugs - heroin and methadone - were the hot topics Tuesday evening at a candidate's forum for the five people vying to represent Springfield in the Vermont House.

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12 comments :

  1. As usual. None of these people have any clue how to battle opiate addiction. A treatment facility here in town would make a huge difference. Many addicts cannot get methadone because they need to travel too far to get it. I can guarantee that 95℅ if the patients for a Springfield methadone clinic would be Springfield residents therefore there would not be a large group of addicts coming into the town. Look around people... It is here and not going anywhere and if these politicians knew what they were talking about they would know that it was the government and big pharmaceutical companies that started this problem by forcing doctors to over treat pain beginning in the late 1990's.

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  2. McNaughton is right on. Look at how the prison changed the population of Springfield, which in turn chabged our schools, our community... no more.

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    1. Quit complaining, for a new prison, you got a new sewer system. Such a deal !

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    2. I get tired of hearing how the prison changed the population of this town. It did NOT. Only incarcerated Springfield residents are allowed to return to this town. That was a deal made when the prison was built.

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  3. It's bad enough that there are already too many drug addicts in town without forcing the taxpayers to fund their habits. Methadone programs provide no incentive whatsoever to get clean. The addicts just switch to the "state dope" and stay there.

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  4. Excellent comments regarding the backlash of hosting a clinic for low-life addicts. Until I witnessed first hand the proliferation of syringes by the Plaza foot bridge, U-Turning Point neighborhood, parking lot below the State offices and fishing access area, had no appreciation for the volume of opiate use here. Speaking in guarded conversation with ER personnel at SMCS learned the vast majority of ER patients are addicts without insurance. A plight that has bankrupted the hospital. Further, now consumes the majority of police resources. Luring more addicts into this @%*#-hole of a town with a free clinic is something only C.G. could rationalize. The only irrefutable solution is that employed by Duterte.

    Why the hell can't the idiots this run this town do something that benefits families that work their ass off and ask for nothing in return but a safe place to raise our kids and a school we could be proud of?

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    1. I am sad to say that politicians know what to do which is best for you. Or is it best for them. I'm confused.

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  5. We've entered a new era of taxation without representation. The elected officials cater to the societal misfits and dole out taxpayer funded program after taxpayer funded program to "fix" what ails the misfits. Those who pay the taxes anymore so not receive commensurate value in return. A rebellion is brewing...

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  6. chuck gregory10/16/16, 8:27 AM

    Yeah, they dole out taxpayer funded programs to victims of cancer, too. Let's rebel against that, too! We must not show mercy to any of those who get entitlements!

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    1. For one, I'm sick and tired of the word "entitlements" as it is used as a means to label Social Security, and its recipients, as undeserving "welfare cases." As a liberal, Chuck, you should know better. For two, people using illegal drugs do not qualify for public assistance, so it is a moot point. Third, there is a world of difference between a cancer victim and a heroin junkie. Two of my cousins died of leukemia. One of them was a cop. I think most people would have preferred to spend taxpayer dollars on an upstanding member of law enforcement than on a maintenence program for drug addicts. Unless, of course, you're a criminal.....

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    2. Philip Caron10/17/16, 9:56 AM

      Not disagreeing with you, 5:09, on any count, but . . . it's highly likely Chuck was being sarcastic there.

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  7. chuck gregory10/17/16, 6:16 PM

    As long as we treat heroin as a criminal issue, it will fatally taint the approach to the problem of heroin use as addiction. If you don't want baggies and used needles littering the gutters, you have to eliminate the profitability the illegal trade generates. "Taxation without representation" is a crock.

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