Pubdate: Sun, 08 Sep 2019
Source: New York Times (NY)
Copyright: 2019 The New York Times Company
Author: Kathy Kier
Note: Headline by newshawk


Re "Ending the War on Drugs," by Nicholas Kristof (Sunday Review, Aug.

This article gives me hope that Seattle is finally doing something
about the devastation of drug use on its streets.

My son is a struggling heroin addict, and thank God is now a part of
the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, or LEAD, program. He completed
treatment in jail through drug court, finished work release, is now in
drug court housing and meets with his counselor at LEAD.

I know firsthand how difficult it is for families. I've walked the
streets of downtown Seattle looking for my son where drug users and
dealers hang out. I've seen them passed out with a needle hanging out
of an arm or leg. I'd ask myself, What is Seattle doing to fix this

Addicts need support. The LEAD program is good, but what about those
addicts who haven't been arrested and directed to LEAD?

Kathy Kier

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