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Letters: Focus more on addiction treatment

Oxycodone tablets being dispenses in a pharmacy on

Oxycodone tablets being dispenses in a pharmacy on Jan. 12, 2012. Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Newsday has had many articles on the opiate pill and heroin epidemic on Long Island ["Law would give addicts best chance at recovery," Editorial, March 10].

I am a mother of an addict in a treatment program. I appreciate the articles on how heroin works. I also learned through Newsday how heroin is infiltrating Long Island without regard to wealth, friends or family structure.

However, I have not seen enough written about treatment centers, in-house rehab centers or hospitals. I would like to read the perspectives of the staff members of these institutions. Do the hospitals treat addicts as vagrants? Do they know how badly they are suffering? How do they treat overdose victims?

I also believe that more coverage would educate judges and lawyers. In my experience, they don't always understand addiction and the havoc it causes. Or if they do, they don't have the proper tools to help addicts.

Donna Daniels, Garden City

I am so sad after reading about more young people dying of a heroin overdose. I fought this terrible disease for three decades, and I know how heroin can wrap itself around you, smothering the life out of what was once a "normal" person.

Even though I am clean, I could relapse at any moment. I will be fighting this disease for the rest of my life. It is the hardest fight I have ever fought.

To anyone fighting this disease: Get help. If it doesn't work once, then do it again! There is no shame in relapse; it is part of recovery.

Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are wonderful programs that provide support and help.

Nancy Siragusa-Lebron, Selden