As a person clean and sober for almost 39 years, I feel a compelling need to share [“A daughter lost to heroin,” Editorial, May 15]. No one is responsible for the actions of an individual, except that individual. Heroin deaths have been occurring in our Long Island communities for more than 50 years.

The only way to get clean is to acknowledge hitting rock bottom and then to abstain. The individual is responsible for that abstinence. Hitting rock bottom occurs when that individual reaches a point of being sick and tired of being sick and tired.

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I don’t believe that anything outside of that individual’s desire to stay clean will cause him or her to be free from narcotics. Without hitting bottom and being abstinent, what would remain is insanity, penitentiary and or death.

Dope houses will always be there. Drug abusers will always find them. May they get that inner knowledge to know that there is a better way.

Dominic Marrano, New Hyde Park