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Letter: Education is best way to prevent addiction

Education is best way to prevent addiction

Every day we hear or we read something regarding the opioid crisis. It continues to affect people of all ages all over the world. Multiplying the deaths incurred locally by an average of three to four family members gives us a small idea of people directly affected by this disease in our neighboring communities. There is no cure for opioid addiction. We need to do everything in our power to teach prevention.

As a former third-grade teacher in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda schools, I realize education is the key to prevention. We as a society need to do everything in our power to teach prevention.

Save the Michaels is a local support group run by Avi and Julie Israel. Unfortunately, we see new people attend regularly because of the death of a loved one. A constant sentiment shared is: “if we had only known more to help our child” or “why wasn’t there more education regarding the dangers of how highly addictive opioid drugs are, even when prescribed by a doctor?”

What are we doing to protect the students or children we are in charge of? The time is now!

Marylou Argento

East Amherst

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