2011-06-03 / Letters

Response to ‘Painkiller Pandemic’

The writer of the following letter has asked to remain anonymous because she fears for the safety of her two high school age children.

Dear Editor:

The article entitled “Painkiller Pandemic” came as no surprise to Rockaway residents who have attended funerals of young victims of this awful and widespread problem that has become a living nightmare for parents. These potent and highly addictive drugs are easily accessible on the peninsula.

The problem is not just here, but all over the country. Our young people are dying from addiction and accidental overdoses to drugs such as: Oxycodone, Cocaine, Ecstasy, LSD, and Crystal Meth. The Oxycodone epidemic sweeping the nation is a huge problem.

This painkiller is cheap, addictive, and sold on the streets to our youth. Many families have young adult children who battle addictions everyday. There needs to be more outreach in our community to stop this lethal problem and to begin to save lives. Parents should buy a drug testing kit if concerned with their children. If the young adult refuses, you have your answer. There are groups and outpatient help for the young on the peninsula and in the city.

This problem needs to be addressed by neighborhoods, politicians, schools, churches, public health officials, the police and lastly the first and major line of defense…you the parent.

A CONCERNED ROCKAWAY PARENT

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