Drug Abuse is a health issue

Posted by Al Hathaway Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Obama Administration never ceases to amaze me. They are now suggesting that drug abuse should be treated as a health issue. For those of us who remember Mayor Kurt Schmoke, he advocated for the same position many years ago and received national criticism and scorn for suggesting the same thing. Mayor Schmoke revealed that persons with resources are able to treat themselves with medication; while the poor were relegated to back alleys and criminal activity to obtain their medication (drugs). One of the famous wings of Johns Hopkins Hospital is named for a doctor who was hooked on cocaine and was able to medicate himself. He understood that his problem was a health issue and not a criminal issue. With the Obama administration indicating that they will treat drug use as a health issue illustrates his wide ranging commitment to do what is right by all the people.

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