Sensible solutions needed to overdose problem

Dear Editor:

Drugs and overdoses at this point and the rate our own friends and family are dying mean it’s time to look at the fastest solution.

Doctors are cutting off people on hardcore drugs yet not offering any other options or any other suggestions for these people who they prescribed these drugs to in the first place. So they turn to heroin, as we see, and the results from it speak for themselves! So more doctors need to start to realize this. There are other means of treatment for chronic addiction.

Now the city of Ellsworth also needs to make an effort as well. What do I mean by that? Allowing a methadone clinic perhaps? The Ellsworth hospital needs more doctors able to prescribe suboxone. This issue isn’t anything new. Alcohol is an addiction; so are drugs. Trust me: no one wakes up and says I guess I’ll go get addicted to drugs.

So this isn’t going to go away. This is going to take a village of everyone in. Until we all get on the same page, nothing will happen. Until we all start demanding our state representatives like our Governor and our senators make the necessary changes, you’re going to continue reading about drug overdoses.

Please share this with your family and friends. I’m sure every citizen in our town has in one way or another been affected by this issue. I’ve been in touch with Susan Collins’ office on this same issue, and they are more then willing to help with any solutions. So if enough people support this idea or have your own idea as to a fix, please feel free to comment or contact your congressman or governor or your senator. Addiction is a part of depression. People think depression is crying. People think depression is dressing in black. But people are wrong. Depression is the constant feeling of being numb; being numb to emotions, being numb to life. You wake up in the morning just to go back to bed again. Days aren’t really days; they are just annoying obstacles that need to be faced. And how do you face them? Through medication, through drinking, through smoking, through drugs, through cutting. When you’re depressed, you grasp onto anything that can get you through the day. That’s what depression is, not sadness or tears; it’s the overwhelming sense of numbness and the desire for anything that can help you make it from one day to the next.

Douglas Pio Jr.


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