Pubdate: Thu, 08 Feb 2007
Source: News Review, The  (CN SN)
Copyright: 2007 Yorkton News Review
Author: Moe Brondum


To the editor:

The use of a drug is not an indication of addiction anymore than a 
glass of wine with supper indicates alcoholism.

It is the behavior of the individual while using a particular drug 
that determines whether the term addiction should be applied or not.

As your readers discuss the Hayward murder, it might be useful to 
keep in mind that many morphine users lead normal and successful lives.

Some examples of successful morphine users include Sigmund Freud, 
Alexander Graham Bell, and Elvis. We will never know if Mr. Hayward 
might one day have been included in this list.

We are so misinformed about drugs and drug use that we don't know 
where the propaganda ends and our own biases begin.

Honest and informed discussion is needed to help reduce the damage 
caused by drugs and drug prohibition to our children and our communities.

Moe Brondum

North Battleford, SK
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