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Our system fails to help drug users

I am a grandchild, child, person, sister, girlfriend and mother of addiction. Through recovery, I have learned that this is a lifelong disease. Recently, I have also learned that our system, designed to help those suffering from the disease, is a joke.

Cases in point are the only two legal cases I have been through. My son brought marijuana to school and got a slap on the hand! He was given a five-day suspension, a joke of a course at Juvenile Hall – which lasted six hours – and a three-month CORR course that turned out to be only two months long. Case two: My boyfriend, with multiple paraphernalia charges, was sentenced to an 18-month drug program. After registering for the program, he came home to tell me that after 12 weeks clean he’s finished. What lifelong skills can be taught in eight to 12 weeks that will give these people even a remote chance of success? The honest answer is none.

Catrina Warfield

Cedar Ridge

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