Prison system won’t help drug addicts

February 23, 2014

Dear Editor:

I have been a lifelong resident of Meigs County and have always been a productive member. I was recently released from prison for a charge of drug trafficking. I look around our county and see many young and old people stricken with the same disease that I overcame — drug addiction. This disease does not make people bad — just their actions.

Our county makes several thousands of dollars sending these people to prison. Prison is not the place to overcome this disease. We need to somehow find a way to send these addicts to rehab, where they can become succseful members of our community.

Untill we do, the majority of people coming out of prison and back to our county will repeat this vicious cycle.

Todd Ackerman