As we listen to the pleas of people in various Town Hall Meetings throughout the country, it is difficult to hear the lives that have been lost by addiction. Families have been devastated. An example is the heroine epidemic in the state of New Hampshire and it is not the only state. The areas of the Appalachians and California are also greatly effected. Most likely those families will be horrified to know that hundreds are now being released early back into society with letter in hand from our President, which reads :
“I am granting your application because you have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around,” the president wrote. “Now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity. It will not be easy, and you will confront many who doubt people with criminal records can change. Perhaps even you are unsure of how you will adjust to your new circumstances. But remember that you have the capacity to make good choices. I believe in your ability to prove the doubters wrong, and change your life for the better.”
According to Lederman of the Associated Press, “The latest tranche of commutations brings to 248 the total number of inmates whose sentences Obama has commuted — more than the past six presidents combined, the White House said. The pace of commutations and the rarer use of pardons are expected to increase as the end of Obama’s presidency nears.”
Everyone hopes that those who are given a second chance will make good on the a new life. Over crowding of jails or a need for prison reform may not be good reasons to put our communities in harms way. A court and judge gave the sentences which were expected to be carried out. This map may tell us how active the pushers’ business is and how many deaths have occurred up until 2014. Take a look at your state and county. Can we afford any more?
“Drugs deaths have skyrocketed in New Hampshire. In 2014, 326 people died from an overdose of an opioid, a class of drugs that includes heroin and fentanyl, a painkiller 100 times as powerful as morphine.
Nationally, opioids were involved in more than 61 percent of deaths from overdoses in 2014. Deaths from heroin overdoses have more than tripled since 2010 and are double the rate of deaths from cocaine.
In New Hampshire, which holds this year’s first presidential primary, residents have repeatedly raised the issue of heroin addiction with visiting candidates.” (Article written by Haeyoun Park and Mattew Bloch, Jan.2016)
Most drug pushes have already become addicted themselves to the life style of easy money with no regard to the lives they are harming. How likely is it that any one of those given a second chance will not continue their former ways into all areas of society. Don’t forget the unborn who also often come into this world with an addiction that they will have to combat all of their lives. Who will tell them that giving a second chance to the pusher, that sold the drug to their mother, was in their best interest?
Our brightest young people are at great risk. They usually started out with a bright future ahead and after experimentation, they descended into a life of hell. Watch this video below and ask yourself two questions: Why are parents with money and affluence supporting the habit? (See video 2) The last is when we have young people with total, everyday dependency, is it worth an early release, a commutation of convicted drug pushers? ….I think not.
Video 1 Beautiful Marin and her parents Video:
Video 2 Click on the video and you will be able to watch on You Tube.
Click to get a good look at drug overdose and deaths. (Progression nationwide by years)
See full report on drug addiction in U.S.A (New York Times) Video credit ABC News