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Letter to the editor: Fighting drug trade

on May 10, 2017 10:59 AM

I can’t stand it anymore.

I saw Josh Shapiro on the news recently after a big drug bust in Pittsburgh say, “Those drug dealers are off the street and won’t be peddling heroin anymore.” Sound familiar?

For decades we have heard the same statement over and over from attorneys general and district attorneys. When they arrest and put a rapist behind bars, what happens? Rapes go down. When they arrest and put drug dealers behind bars, what happens? Rival gangs move in, deaths increase and the drug trade run by the gangs continues. The drug trade doesn’t stop because there is too much money to be made.

When you have a problem and what you are doing to try to solve it makes it worse, you need to make a change. It’s time for America to wake up.

I strongly recommend you read “Chasing the Scream” by Johann Hari or go to for better ways — ways that other countries are using — in dealing with the drug problem.

Kim Hatcher, M.D.



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