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Re: “Under Supervision: Should Vermont Legalize Heroin Injection Sites?

http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/topics/pods/drug-consumption-rooms

Posted by Sara Moore on 02/08/2017 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Under Supervision: Should Vermont Legalize Heroin Injection Sites?

What idiot stayed up all night to think up this idiot idea?? What's next a safe place to go to rape someone, beat them or even kill them???Want to get "high" come to VT, bring your own drugs and they'll sit and watch as you shoot up!!!!..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 02/01/2017 at 8:40 PM

Re: “Under Supervision: Should Vermont Legalize Heroin Injection Sites?

Anything to reduce the use of addictive drugs will be an improvement over the current thinking of how to best get a cut of the revenues they produce.

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Posted by Vermont Patriot on 01/30/2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Last Impressions: Recalling Final Conversations With Vermont Overdose Victims

The last conversation Jesse had was with his fiance where he told her like he did everyday "have I told you how much I love you" and as always she would say well...and Jesse would say I love you more than anything in the world baby. With her replying I love you always.

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Posted by thetruth on 01/27/2017 at 11:37 PM

Re: “Death by Drugs: Opiates Claimed a Record Number of Vermonters in 2016

Jesse was amazing Yetthey asked a woman who didn't know her son and caused him the most pain. She only callswhen she wants something he would say. He was so much more than she knew and I watched him hurt from the things she said. He always said she was the most selfish person he new. And struggled with this. He had gotten clean and yet a few weeks before he passed he was hurt again and my love wasn't enough to keep him from it. I am the one who knew him better than anyone yet was pushed aside and wiped away. But those who knew Jesse well know the truth about his childhood and adulthood. It's hurtful when people can't see how amazing their child is yet are two faced and amazing actors to strangers. But guilt can destry you if he were alive today he would still say she only calls when she wants something I'll call her back sometime or tell her I'm not here. I wish I could of mended that. He was amazing and this addiction does not solely define him.

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Posted by thetruth on 01/27/2017 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Last Impressions: Recalling Final Conversations With Vermont Overdose Victims

How about before you post something about a family you actually ask the family members and not a boyfriend who fed addiction habits. Thanks.

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Posted by Don'tAsk on 01/27/2017 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Death by Drugs: Opiates Claimed a Record Number of Vermonters in 2016

So brave is this article. In 2015, I lost two of my sons, Dennis and Sean Thibault, to an addiction that we were not even aware of. They were highly successful men in their 30's that were "functioning addicts". Only in the wake of their death's have I become educated about this epidemic. I was ignorant, plain and simple. I plead with anyone reading this article, and the posters of all of the comments therein: Please, talk to your middle school and high school children about what they see and hear in school. Talk to your neighbors about what may be going on next door. Enlist the help of the law and the medical profession. Consult with your employers about an EAP, which is a an anonymous service for counseling through many employers. I will grieve forever without Dennis and Sean and I can only do what I am only now capable of.......try to help someone save a life. There is no immunity to this scourge. Thank you to Mark for his article. My heart and thoughts go out to all of you that contributed to this story. I truly know how hard that was. Penny Thibault

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Posted by Penny Thibault on 01/26/2017 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Death by Drugs: Opiates Claimed a Record Number of Vermonters in 2016

Doctors must recognize the danger of addiction when they prescribe pain medication . I'm sure it's not easy to refuse to write a script for pain relief but it might be harder to face the deaths you have inadvertently caused .
Yes Mr Garza people must ultimately be responsible for their own actions . Does this mean we should ignore this very real opiate crisis with a " tough luck druggie " attitude ? What about their friends , family , and kids .I suppose you don't care so what about the actual cost to society in dollars wasted .

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Rich ard on 01/26/2017 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Death by Drugs: Opiates Claimed a Record Number of Vermonters in 2016

blame it on everyone else because people have no control over their own actions..Victim Vermont.....they should change the state name to that.

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Posted by Marc Garza on 01/26/2017 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Death by Drugs: Opiates Claimed a Record Number of Vermonters in 2016

It would seem that one way to help prevent this continued tragedy would be for the pharmaceutical industry to stop manufacturing addictive substances in the first place.

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Posted by Cady on 01/26/2017 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Last Impressions: Recalling Final Conversations With Vermont Overdose Victims

So sad. Thank you Mark Davis for doing this article, hopefully their stories will help others.

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Posted by Diane Beauregard Vieta on 01/26/2017 at 4:49 AM

Re: “Death by Drugs: Opiates Claimed a Record Number of Vermonters in 2016

We've lost too many. When I was in school they told us don't do drugs, but didn't show us why not. The book I've published, Moral Dissipation, puts readers in the shoes of an addict in hopes that readers will not make the same choices the main character made...establishing an emotional connection and showing rather than telling can make a difference.

Moral Dissipation is for sale on Amazon, Nook, Kindle and in Barnes & Noble on Shelburne Road and Phoenix Books downtown. https://www.amazon.com/Moral-Dissipation-S…

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Sarah Jarvis on 01/25/2017 at 11:32 PM

Re: “Death by Drugs: Opiates Claimed a Record Number of Vermonters in 2016

In December, of 2016, I lost a beautiful and talented cousin to heroin. She was a singer, an EMT and a mother to a beautiful little girl. She had such promise, but heroin took its grip. After many stints at various rehabs, a long stay Albany Med (an abscess from shooting up that almost left her paralyzed), 2 overdoses in which she was revived from, losing custody of her daughter and having her house nearly burned down by other addicts; she lost her battle. Its an epidemic and it touches so many lives that from the outside seem so put together. Thank you so much for this article and showing the faces of those who have passed; it adds such a raw emotion as to how awful and painful this all is... it has to stop.

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Posted by jibjab802 on 01/25/2017 at 8:40 PM

Re: “Under Supervision: Should Vermont Legalize Heroin Injection Sites?

Wow a good idea for once - and from a 'progressive!' One can imagine a day when this whole catastrophic drug prohibition business has finally been read its Last Rites. No more massive profits for gangsters and dirty cops and rubber-stamping, beetle headed judges. No more warehousing non-violent drug offenders in for-profit private prisons. No more militarized police kicking in doors and gunning down family pet dogs, pregnant women etc. We can trade all that in for humane treatment policies any time we gather the mindfulness to realize what a disaster the way we do things now has been. And if people still want to get high they can do it safely, in their own homes or in a supervised setting such as that proposed here. Wow!

9 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Christopher M. Hayden on 01/25/2017 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Dream House: Soteria Vermont Welcomes Mental Health Patients

Sounds good--I wish there were something like this in the mid-Atlantic region.

Posted by Oliver L. on 12/30/2016 at 10:29 AM

Re: “In the Final Chapter, Keven's Story Becomes Kay's

I have read these comments to Kay , Thank you all! , she is overwhelmed and thrilled with the support and reaction. #onelove

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Posted by Tina Benoit on 12/14/2016 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Public-Housing Agencies Crack Down on Lighting Up

Keens crossing is now a smoke free apartment complex I personally love that it's smoke free I am no longer worryinng thag much about myself and or family being exposed to secondhand smoke and someone falling asleep with a cigarette causing a fire. I also like being able to enter and exit my rented apartment without rushing to escape cigarette smoke outside my residence from some smokers. I feel it smells better around here as well.

Posted by IloveVt87 on 12/10/2016 at 6:43 PM

Re: “In the Final Chapter, Keven's Story Becomes Kay's

Kay you were my friend, roomate, boss and mentor when I first came out. Although we drifted apart, your influence, weirdness and humor has never left my heart. Stopped by today to see you but you were sleeping...will try again.

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Posted by guy devarney on 12/04/2016 at 7:59 PM

Re: “In the Final Chapter, Keven's Story Becomes Kay's

Love to you Kay from the folks down the street at Radio Deli. You were a true neighbor to all around here and in particular the building you lived in. Your photo brought a smile to my face. Thank you for sharing this journey with all.

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Posted by Pam Scanlon on 11/30/2016 at 7:12 PM

Re: “In the Final Chapter, Keven's Story Becomes Kay's

Thank you, Molly Walsh, for sharing Kay's story. And in case she reads these comments or someone reads them to her, Kay, I'm so heartened to read that you have been able to be your true self at last, and that almost everyone around you has been supportive. You never know how many people will be moved to live authentically after reading about your experience. May your final days be ones of peace.

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Posted by Laura Hale on 11/30/2016 at 2:33 PM

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