YOU MAY have heard the charge by a Lower Mainland mother recently, telling the media Christy Clark has blood on her hands.
The premier getting the blame because this woman lost her son to a fentanyl overdose. Unless you've been in the shoes of a parent who has lost a child, it's hard to really understand their level of grief.
This mother is incensed because B.C. in her estimation doesn't have enough addiction treatment beds, and accuses the province of not yet fulfilling its commitment to provide another 500, although it has made some progress in that regard.
Yes, those with addictions need a support system, and they should get help when they need it. But let’s get realistic. The government isn't there to solve all of your problems.
It certainly can't raise a child to understand that taking illicit drugs is playing Russian roulette. If government needs to carry some of the blame, what about the parents? Where were they when it was time to tell their children about the evils of experimenting with drugs. Do they not carry the majority of the responsibility? Of course some kids don't listen, and even families who raise their kids in the best of homes, under the best of circumstances can fall victim as well.
Presumably, if a kid is taking drugs, there's something missing from his or her life. Instead of looking at the government, maybe those parents ought to take a quick look in the mirror, because if there's blame to be assessed, it should be shared.
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September 17, 2016 07:34am
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Karen Hamilton says:
September 15, 2016 09:38pm
September 15, 2016 09:28pm
Sure wish these electronic news outlets provided a delete button.
Anyway, drug use has little or nothing to do with parenting, it is a very complex issue and the government does have an important roll to play. In BC the government has not been successful in dealing with the current problems, more than four hundred deaths so far this year, sometimes I believe society and government really doesn't care.
Mel Rothenburger says:
September 16, 2016 06:57am
Harrison submits his column by email and it is edited for newspaper style but not for content. His opinions are his own.
September 19, 2016 09:43am
Read Susan's comments carefully, she lost her son on Jan 16 this year, remember in BC over 400 human beings have lost their lives to drugs in BC THIS YEAR, and several hundred last year. Closer to home more than 40 people have died. Susan did nothing to deserve to see in print Harrison's public opinion on drugs and parenting in NewsKamloops.
Given this columnist pass record, maybe it is time to vet his content in the future. He can use other outlets for his red neck, careless comments.
Gisela R says:
September 15, 2016 10:50am
Brenda Campbell says:
September 15, 2016 09:45am
Audrey Greffard says:
September 15, 2016 08:55am
Marie Agioritis says:
September 15, 2016 08:42am
Love to be at your family thanksgiving table while you berate your beloved father or favorite aunty for her stupid choice and that she needs to quit whining about how long it takes to get into an oncologist. "How's that cigarette tasting now aunt Martha,? now shut your pie hole and pass the potatoes"
Credible journalism leaves little room for hypocricy. Just sayin.
September 15, 2016 08:34am
Stewart Duncan says:
September 15, 2016 07:16am
September 15, 2016 06:07am
September 15, 2016 05:48am
September 15, 2016 05:32am
In the case of my own parents, I do thank them for the guidance they gave. It was likely a factor in decisions I made about life including drug use. I never even tried "weed" and had no desire to do so.
A long time ago, I knew a man named Vic. He was a retired "religious leader" and had worked with people who had addictions. At the time, it was mainly addiction to alcohol but (other) drug use was also part of it.
Vic told me that with addictions, "the first time is the worst time" i.e. every addiction started with the first time. He also said of people who had lost family, home and self respect to (alcohol) addiction, they always regretted ever trying the stuff/taking the first drink.
What has changed now is that the "first time" can be fatal.
Safe injection sites and rehab are part of the picture but I think the only way to address this mushrooming problem is to face the truth of hard facts: don't let there be a first time.
It's a dream, I know, but I think Vic knew something we're overlooking.