“Shawn Mahaffey, age 30 of Methuen, Massachusetts, passed away on September 6, 2015 as a result of his addiction. Shawn will be remembered as a hard worker, kind hearted, generous soul and loved by all” His obituary is here: http://pollardfuneralhome.com/Obituaries.html It’s tragic for me because I am a father of an addicted son; Shawn’s cousin and I know him. I know his father. He could be my own son and I grieve for Shawn’s dad. I just gave a big hug to him few days ago and feel his pain as if it were my own.
The toll addiction takes is not waning. We all witness that current treatment policies and laws are not stopping the bleeding. Often social services workers are just earning a paycheck; hardly putting a dent in the sad rate of deaths and social carnage that persists.
Acceptance of addiction as a potentially fatal disease along with smart and aggressive supporting legal reform s
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