LETTER: Detox debate goes back decades
Regarding your article on the need for a North Shore detox and treatment facility for addictions (Outlook, Feb. 2), I whole-heartedly support both that need, and the efforts of those you interviewed.
The issue is far from new; I was involved in a North Shore Health committee on the subject more than 20 years ago.
We continue to refer those in need to other communities, or force them to head south for private care.
Perhaps the whole subject of addictions is too hidden on the North Shore, and so too easily dismissed as a problem that happens elsewhere.
It should be recognized that the cost of addiction is always greater than the cost of treatment, and so it makes clear economic sense to invest in treatment.
The article convincingly illustrated the “window of opportunity” which exists when a person seeks help, and which can quickly close if that help is too distant or too delayed.
I hope the time has come when local and provincial governments and other stakeholders can finally translate discussion into action, and provide this critical service to our community.