Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Letter

Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Letter

Article excerpt

Embrace a diversity of prevention messages

Dear Mr. Edwards,

I appreciate your editorial each month and, quite honestly, it is one of only a few articles I read each month.

I disagree with your position on the subject of your May editorial, but only partly because of a "tough on drug" approach. To not fully disclose the effects of mcth on people over time would diminish the intent of the message. A black bar or just showing a portion of the face would remove the human aspect of the project. As for the privacy rights of the prisoners, they forfeited those when they were convicted of a crime against society. It is not an invasion of health information since the nature of their crime (and the health condition) has already been disclosed to the public. Furthermore, it is unlikely that any of them would be personally recognized-unless the photos were used in their hometown. I share the same sensitivities, and I am a member of the ACLU. I appreciate civil rights, but sometimes consideration must be made for the betterment of society. …

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