Pubdate: Fri, 16 Feb 2001
Source: Vancouver Sun (CN BC)
Copyright: 2001 The Vancouver Sun
Contact:  200 Granville Street, Ste.#1, Vancouver BC V6C 3N3
Fax: (604) 605-2323
Author: Linda Jordan


The Feb. 13 article, "Portland's drug strategy sets an example for 
Vancouver," is excellent.

I hope The Sun continues to provide information on the serious problem of 
drug addiction.

The harm-reduction approach, including drug courts and alternative 
treatments and facilities, and safe sites are all badly needed.

It is refreshing that The Sun is educating the public about these issues. 
My son lost his best friend to an overdose and I live with the daily fear 
of knowing that my son, who is also a heroin addict, may end up the same 
way at far too early an age. Addiction is devastating to the family and 
loved ones of an addict, but too often people forget the addicts themselves 
are victims. If drug addiction is talked about and in the open, it is not 
forgotten, and we will see change.

Linda Jordan, Vancouver Sun
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