Anyone who thinks the decision to use heroin is ever the product of free choice has been led astray [“Heroin is, at first, a choice,” Letters, May 18].

To impute upon the user blameworthiness for this “choice,” is as absurd as casting as a decision a prey being poached by hunters.

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The drug-pushing game is stacked. Psychological, physical, social, economic, political and global conditions have set the scene for the perfect trap for certain people to fall into. Suppliers and other opportunists profit from this human sacrifice and suffering. We either sit idly by or actively scapegoat and separate ourselves from our troubled neighbors.

Ryan Dougherty, Sayville