Placing an exchange program near parks and schools is intolerable, not to mention the huge liability risk associated with handing out needles to drug users. Who will pay the potential judgments when
the county is sued for providing the needles that assisted in probable deaths caused by overdoses? Taxpayers will likely be on the hook for it.
Prison reform should be implemented to address this issue. Locking up drug users for long periods of time exacerbates the problem and gives addicts a place to meet new addicts.
A better way to address the problem is to offer recovery help and real hope to desperate addicts. We applaud Mayor Roswarski for working with the faith-based community. Real strides have been made, and it was refreshing to see the Journal and Courier report on one such program.
We call on concerned citizens to make their voices heard. The safety of our children and grandchildren may depend on it. Call the Commissioners today at (765) 423-9215.