LETTER: Every human being has a story to tell;

When I read the antics of Qualicum Beach Coun. Neil Horner, one can only cringe.

I invite Mr. Horner with his derogatory sign to East Hastings, Vancouver.

Its common knowledge now two-thirds of opioid addicts today started being prescribed oxycodone or other opioid-based pain killers through Canada’s medical system and then were cut off leading them to unsafe street drugs.

On Vancouver Island, recently children as young as 15-16 years of age are dying in their bedrooms from street drugs after starting on prescribed opioids for broken limbs or other medical reasons as early as 10 years old.

It has been described that withdrawal from opioids is one of the most painful afflictions known to mankind.

I give money to people on the street regularly in my travels who are obviously rendered unemployable from their illnesses, addictions or disabilities and I really don’t care what they spend it on if it gives them temporary relief from the misery they are living in.

Every human being has a story to tell as to how or what brought them to their present day circumstances and all you have to do is unpretentiously and compassionately engage them to find understanding.

As for the Qualicum residents councillor Horner demeaned and degraded publicly in the community he represents, I encourage his victims to run for a council seat because safe to say, those residents have a closer relationship with frugality and common sense than the majority of councillors in Qualicum Beach today.

Brian Jenkins

Qualicum Beach

Just Posted

RND director says filming of ‘Sonic’ caused disruption

Veenhof wants regional district to have filming permits in future

Parksville-area graffiti tagger arrested by RCMP

Existing court conditions required that suspect not be in possession of graffiti-making material

Winner crowned at Qualicum Bay Art Battle

Island painters compete in 20-minute art challenge

Seeing double, the trials and tribulations of twins

BIG READ: Three Vancouver Island mothers share their experiences with multiple births

VIDEO: Man extracted from vehicle eight hours after accident near Cameron Lake

People making pit stop at picnic area made crash discovery

Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes Friday

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out

B.C. man fined $15,000, barred from trading securities for fraud

Larry Keith Davis used money from an investor to pay personal bills

Emergency crews investigate small sulphuric acid spill in Kootenays

IRM states a small volume of less than one cup and three dime-sized drips were leaked from carrier

Family, friends of B.C murder victim want killer sent back to max security facility

Group wants convicted murderer Walter Ramsay sent back to a maximum security facility

B.C. VIEWS: Looking under the hood of ICBC’s war on crashes

Is our accident rate really soaring, or is it inefficiency?

B.C. tent city residents have three weeks to clear out: Supreme Court

Fire risk, criminal activity in neighbourhood cited as reasons for judgment

Coaches, players on Alberta university rugby team buckle up for the Broncos

16 people died when Humboldt Broncos bus collided with a semi-truck in rural Saskatchewan

The Vatican ‘owes God an apology,’ activist says in letter to Pope Francis

Letter came after a report on sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children in six Pennsylvania dioceses

Most Read