What Do We Aspire To?

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By James Decker

Editor’s note: This is the sixth part in my series on drugs and addiction in our communities. If you have not read the first four parts (“Real Problems, Our Problems,” “They Are Us,” “Solutions, But What Solutions?,” “Shine a Light Into the Darkness,” “A Shining City on a Hill,”), I encourage you to do so.

As I prepare to wrap up this series on drugs and addiction in our communities (for now), I was struck by these questions: what do we aspire to? What do we want our communities to be?

In this series of essays, I hope that I have shed some light on the vague topic of the “opioid crisis” that we hear about in the news. I also hope that I have brought you some harsh but necessary truth, that addiction is not an abstract idea that is the purview of hardened criminals in far-away cities. It is very real and affecting people in our communities, affecting folks in our communities who we might never encounter and those who we meet every single day.

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