Hinds understands roots of opioid epidemic

To the editor:

As communities continue to battle the scourge of the heroin epidemic, I look to those who truly understand the crisis. As the executive director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, Adam Hinds has been working closely with North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright and other elected and community officials to help those overcome addiction to this terrible drug.

Adam understands that, at its core, this is a public health crisis, and treating it that way is the only path to overcoming it. I agree that what we need more then ever is better access for addicts to treatment facilities.

While we need to continue strong drug enforcement, we need to better understand who may need to be incarcerated and those who need treatment. Too often we simply throw addicts into jail. This does nothing but exacerbate the problem. Adam has a thoughtful plan to attack this epidemic and hopefully see it to its end.

As we move closer to the state primary on Thursday, Sept. 8, I urge you to get out and vote. My vote for state senator will be with Adam Hinds.

Brian Miksic, North Adams