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Addiction is a disease, not a crime

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To The Editor:

Drug treatment is proven to cut drug use in half, reduce crime by 80 percent, and reduce arrests by 64 percent. According to Join Together, the cost of drug treatment is 15 times less than the cost of locking a person up for a drug-related crime.

Addiction is a disease not a crime. Without treatment it won’t get better. You can beat it on your own but it’s much easier with the support from a loved one or friend. Don’t turn your back on a friend with an addiction, put out your hand.

Treatment works, people recover, and New Yorkers are well worth the investment.

Chris Flynn

Massena Police Department

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