Drug epidemic is crippling our future

To the editor:

I was saddened to read that there were more victims to the heroin epidemic. It is easy to become desensitized to the problem. The Dec. 17 headline is a further example of this. "Man Sold Bad Heroin." Is that to infer there is good heroin? Of course not.

We need to take a stance and say these "recreational" drugs are bad for individuals and society, including the marijuana debate going on in society.

We talk about prescription medication leading to the heroin problem but want to ignore other gateway drugs that lead to dependency. What came first, the chicken or the egg?

We will never be able to attract industry and higher-paying jobs to our area if our workforce is undertrained, addicted to drugs or unmotivated to work. I see these drugs destroying families, which gives the next generation even less than a chance to succeed. Police and the courts need to take a hard stance against those selling these drugs to our children!

Fr. Christopher Malatesta, Dalton The writer is pastor of St. Agnes Parish and director of Camp Holy Cross.