Ask yourself

To those who want to decide whether an apparent drug addict should get treatment or not, please ask yourself some questions

To those who want to decide whether an apparent drug addict should get treatment or not …

Please ask yourself some questions:

• Could you tell if someone is actually an addict or are you going by looks alone?

• Could you tell if this was their first overdose and thereby decide whether they should get help?

• Could you tell if the person was having a bad reaction to needed medication?

• Could you tell if someone had taken an accidental overdose of regular medication?

• Could you tell the difference between a diabetic having an severe blood sugar problem and someone who is actually drunk?

• Would you be willing to make the decision as to who lives and dies based on possibly inaccurate or incomplete information, if at all?

• Would you be willing to put that burden on someone else?

• Do you realize it could happen to you?

As someone who has been there and done that, I am incredibly grateful that no one decided to not help after the first time. I wouldn’t be here now making a difference in the lives of others and being incredibly grateful for having been given those extra chances.

I didn’t set out to have these problems, but it happened, and I feel incredibly blessed because of it.

Remember: “There but for the grace of God go I!”

Jan Korvemaker

Parksville

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