An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
EVERYBODY HAS IDEAS about what to do about drug abuse.
The Addiction Matters Kamloops group, for example, wants to remove the stigma around drug addiction by changing the way we talk about it.
It suggests replacing the term “addict” with “people with a substance use disorder.” It asks us to take a pledge to stop using terms like “crack head” and “junkie,” which it says will show more respect for the individual.
Premier John Horgan, backed by Dr. Bonnie Henry and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, takes a very different approach. He is formally asking the federal government to decriminalize possession of illegal drugs for personal use.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.