Tuesday 24 January 2017

We must help drug users to recover - not continue their habits

Published 16/07/2015 | 02:30

‘Nobody should deprive drug users of recovery’ (picture posed)
‘Nobody should deprive drug users of recovery’ (picture posed)

I'm puzzled - in the space of 30 years, a portion of our population (albeit a small one) has gone from being despised by the State, vilified by society and abhorred by the medical profession to become a cherished and protected club. The drug user has achieved a status unknown by any other group in society.

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I don't have any difficulty with drug users, in or out of recovery. They didn't choose the path they find themselves on - other people created the pathway and the drug user, through grief, misery, shame or desperation, started to walk that way.

This path was supported by the State in many forms, not least the justice system.

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