Stock photo

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: People use drugs for a host of reasons

There is not a simple, black and white solution for drug addiction, says letter writer

To the editor,

Re: Differentiate between homeless and addicts, Letters, April 23.

Once again we see the willful need to paint all people experiencing addictions as people unwilling to change and undeserving of assistance. Painting them as folks intent on “terrorizing us all” is a new and nastier twist.

Addiction is not a simple problem and there is not a simple, black and white solution for it. People use and misuse substances for a whole variety of reasons – response to trauma, to self-medicate mental illness and as a result of the mis-prescribing of pain relief, to name a few.

A willingness to ask questions and be curious about how we might work together to solve social problems is how we arrive at solutions that work in the long run. Those of us who enjoy privilege and who are lucky enough to be able to pay taxes might let go of seeing ourselves as somehow the victims in this picture. Much better that we support efforts to offer hope to those among us who often live in despair.

Alexia Penny, Nanaimo

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Drug users harming themselves

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Differentiate between homeless and addicted


The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the writer and do not reflect the views of Black Press or the Nanaimo News Bulletin. If you have a different view, we encourage you to write to us or contribute to the discussion below.

Just Posted

Nanaimo man who fell off cliff returns there to rescue eagle from vulture attack

James Farkas breaks hip in fall from beach cliff, returns months later to save eagle on same beach

Nanaimo athletes win Island track and field championships

Every Nanaimo high school was represented at last week’s event

B.C. Supreme Court dismisses review around ferry workers’ right to strike

B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union collective agreement expires November 2020

City of Nanaimo announces winner of street banner design contest

Amy Pye’s artwork shows people living in harmony with the ocean and nature

Nanaimo Mounties to return stolen rifles to owner

Guns had been seized this month by police who found the suspect carrying rifles wrapped in a blanket

600 new campsites coming to provincial parks and recreation sites across B.C.

Tourism Minister announced half of the new spots to 13 most popular provincial parks

Beefs & Bouquets, May 23

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

Spring rain needed as B.C. sees one of the lowest snowpack levels in 40 years

Snowpack levels in B.C. recorded on May 15 were similar to those in 2015 and 2016

Court to rule on B.C.’s pipeline permit law in crucial case for Trans Mountain

A panel of B.C. Court of Appeal judges has been mulling B.C.’s constitutional reference cas

Theresa May to quit as party leader June 7, sparking race for new PM

The new Conservative leader will become prime minister without the need for a general election

Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 to move within 1 game of NBA Finals

Leonard scores 35 as Toronto takes 3-2 series lead over Milwaukee

Bookfest helps fill school library shelves leading up to next week’s event

Vancouver Island Children’s Book Festival is June 1 at downtown Nanaimo venues

Municipalities protest after B.C. declares marijuana crops ‘farm use’

UBCM president seeks answers in letter to John Horgan government

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

Most Read