Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Response by Addict's Mum

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Response by Addict's Mum

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I am writing to respond to Mr Eddie Thompson (Cor, Strike a Light, 4.11.03). I read with interest recently the steps forward that the area is making in treating people with drug problems. As the mother of a son who is addicted, I am glad such services are being made available.

A few years ago I would be among the first to criticise such services as I had no experience of them. Now I am glad they exist and welcome their increasing availability.

My son developed his problem at university and brought it back with him to Middlesbrough once he graduated. Not every person with a drug or alcohol problem is sat on a street corner or breaking into innocent people's homes. Some are hard working people you wouldn't imagine had such a problem.

I thank God and the wonderful people who provide such a service. These services are making a difference to people and I, for one, thank you.

To those people who think having a needle exchange in their area is dangerous, think again. It's a bit like thinking having a hospital in your neighbourhood will encourage accidents.

We should support these initiatives as their aim is to make sure that people with problems have access to support, advice and provisions designed to help get people off drugs.

So to Mr Thompson I say: No, making matches available to arsonists won't stop them starting fires, but providing needles to addicts will help stop the spread of awful diseases and give them the chance to get help with their addictions.

A MUM, Middlesbrough (Name and address withheld)

* THE Evening Gazette's help was tremendous in alerting many residents in the area served by Gresham Community Council to the proposed needle exchange which was going to be operated from a chemist's on Parliament Road.

It is not that we don't believe that victims of drug dealers should not receive caring specialist attention and treatment. …

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