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Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

I am so sorry! Thank you for sharing your story. Sadly it is the story of many families right now. Our daughter who is 34 is also a heroin /meth addict. Has lost custody of our 7 year old grandson, which is a blessing in itself. we know he is safe and well loved and cared for. Again, family members have done everything possible to make her get help, even the thought of not having her son with her hasn't taken away her desire to get high. A stunning beauty before the drugs, graduated from the U of W business school, she too has lied, cheated, stolen to get the drugs no matter what devastation has been left behind, she continues on with no remorse. All we can do is pray for all. So sorry for your loss, your child is no longer living the life of hell on earth, Satan has provided this avenue to destroy Gods children. Praying for your healing.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by sad on 08/03/2015 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Rushing's Rant

Dear whocares,
1) The Democrats that formed the KKK were conservative southerners. At the time, the Republicans were the liberals. Conservatives are now Republicans and liberals are now Democrats.
2) Calling George W. Bush a monkey is quite different than using historically racial slurs against the Obamas. Anyway, Dubya is a monkey.

Posted by Mark Holmstrand on 08/02/2015 at 11:07 PM

Re: “The Walkabout

Wonderful article. The best line: "where such a privilege is wasted on the wasted".

I'm a bit more cautious, using a discreet plastic tumbler.

Posted by Steve on 08/02/2015 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

I had the blessing to know Rachel and aside from everything drugs and whatever else she was a bright beautiful young girl!! She had an enormous amount of love an a pretty smile! I remember following her facebook page after she was gone an i can honestly say that girl was amazing an liked by hundreds of people by the posts on her page! Im positive losing someone u love to heroin addiction is one of the worst experiences any family or friend could go through.. Only that person has the control to really stop it from controlling them.. I would hope this article if anything would get a message or help someone fighting a heroin addiction because it is real and it can take anyones life it has control over!! So many people are struggling with addiction. I hope that her life being lost at such a young age will maybe if its jus one person open there eyes an think about her the next time they go to use heroin. Life is precious an i know tomorrow is promised to no one! It is heart breaking to see the sadness of losing someone so beautiful to heroin addiction!!

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Melissa Eliason on 08/02/2015 at 2:14 AM

Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

I agree, This is a touchy subject to me and to sit here casually discussing your thoughts on it is rude and quit honestly makes me upset. Rachel was beautiful and perfect inside an out there's nothing I would change or think about her. I don't care about what she did or didn't do an neither should you, the life she lived is what made Rachel, Rachel. So if would be so kind as to being a little more sympthetic an help the individual's still feeling lost an hurt it would be greatly appreciated. Sorry if I'm coming off rude or offensive, I'm sure some of you probably have great thoughts, suggestions and opinions on the issue but how about another time or another place. If You still having difficulties grasping or understanding my request how about you just imagine if that was your friend, family, daughter, I guarantee you wouldn't want to see certain "thoughts suggestions and opinions" either. just Imagine... Thankyou.

14 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Dan Jones on 08/01/2015 at 4:58 AM

Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

Are we really going to have an open discussion on here about gateway drugs? Have some respect.

12 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by livelife2thefullest on 08/01/2015 at 12:03 AM

Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

Marijuana is not a gateway drug for Opiates. Prescription Opiate derivatives are gateway drugs.

Journalists insult science when they propagandize propaganda as gospel when it is indeed false science. Research the biochemistry or stop writing insinuating stories on what caused this child to choose Heroin.

By the way, Nicotine is orders of magnitude more addictive even than Heroin. The difference is the dose in which Nicotine is administered to the masses via cigarettes.

An entire pack of cigarettes is estimated to have up to 20mg [miligrams] of Nicotene, and of that only 0.1 mg absorbed into the blood stream.

Scale that up to the amount of grams of Heroin an average daily consumption. Europe reports common consumption of 2 grams daily. Applying that same dose of Nicotene for daily consumption will kill a human.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P…

Stanford states 30-60 miligrams of Nicotene will kill a human being.

Get the picture yet?

No one argues Opiates are deadly, yet we medicate the masses on minute masses of a drug far more deadly.

Marijuana should never even enter this discussion.

Scale down Heroin to 0.1mg of daily absorption and you won't find a single person addicted to it, because such a dose would be useless even as a pain killer.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Marc Jeffrey Driftmeyer on 07/31/2015 at 11:55 PM

Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

"Rachel started smoking pot in the eighth grade." There's no mention of prior substance abuse in the article. Suggesting there were other causes is without basis in the article and appears to be rationalization, which is addict behavior.

2 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 07/31/2015 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

MJ was the gateway drug? You're telling me this girl never had a sprain, dental procedure or any sort of medical treatment with opiates prior to using MJ in highschool Paulette Burgess? I think FAR more kids have experience with PILLS way before you notice ANY signs that they're using drugs. I would say it starts with that fuzzy feeling after the dentist and certainly way before they've had a chance to use MJ.

11 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Bee509 on 07/31/2015 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Who Do You Trust?

Socialism, communism and progressivism killed 250,000,000 people in the 20th century. Today's democrat celebrates mass murderers like Mao, Stalin, Ho Chi Minh, Hugo Chavez, Che and Castro.

All you really need to remember is that the number of people killed is far higher than the number of people who benefit from their policies and that Robert Herold celebrates them.

I guess Charles Manson did have a brother.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Spokanite on 07/31/2015 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Seven Ways Drought is Impacting the Inland Northwest

Spokane does not use 180 million gallons of water a day, that is simply a lie. A simple phone call could get the actual number. That number is actually about 125 million gallons a day, being off by 33% is unimportant to a leftist, as long as it pushes the agenda, right? Gallons used per capita are actually 25% lower than in 1950.

Warmer winter weather does not necessarily mean dry weather, it could just as well rain. Rain is moisture and relives drought as well as snow.

It is no surprise the river communists found a dead fish in the river, fish live in the river and fish do die. The trout could have just as well died from a catch and release fisherman treating them poorly or a river communist hitting one with their boat.

The water has no doubt warmed up in the past and the fish are still there. The river has flowed slowly and the fish survived. I would not panic just yet.

Much like the "Ice Age" weather that would destroy us in the 1970's, socialist science is actually wrong more than you think. What happened to the much predicted global famine projected to occur in the late 1980's? It was supposed to wipe people from the earth. We will be on to the next scare shortly. I have a feeling too much rain will spell doom in March of 2016.

Apocalyptic flood anyone? Quick turn on John Stewart and get the next socialist infomercial.

3 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by whocares on 07/31/2015 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Festival of Food

My favorite Baconapolis sandwich is the Tuna Melt, my son's is the Italian with a big slice of mozzarella and of course bacon. Amie Wolf is a true North Idaho girl. I hope you take the time to meet her and tell her Kelly says hi.

Posted by Kelly C on 07/31/2015 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Subtraction by Ad Dishin'

It should be pointed out that Rusty is aware of the term rim job. He simply acts stupid about it because he feels awkward with his son. That was pretty obvious.

Otherwise I agree that a lot of the gags were expected because of the marketing.

Posted by arcaneadam on 07/30/2015 at 11:56 PM

Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

My son needs help also. Unless he "agrees", there isn't a thing I can do. There is a universe sized hole in my heart & soul. My condolences Meyer family.

12 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Kathy Nelson Jones on 07/30/2015 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

Methadone as replacement is just as dangerous, if not more so. I know too many people that have either used it to detox from heroin, or for pain management, and are now just as addicted to it. It not only can be less expensive to obtain, but also comes with a doctors prescription. The woman I have called grandma since I was 7, is usually on her face when I see her now, definitely more so than when she was using heroin. I don't pretend to know how to fix this problem. I do know though that it should start with better funding for mental health, and addiction treatment. We need laws changed, and more compassion and empathy, instead of tossing these people to the side as though they are worthless. Everyone is loved by someone. Even addicts.

17 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Eggsmom2 on 07/30/2015 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Beware, Be Ready

Here is a link to a follow-up article by the New Yorker author with more of a focus on preparedness: http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/how…

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by The_Spovangelist on 07/30/2015 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

As a criminal defense attorney--and as a former professional journalist--I must say that this article isn't "News." It's sad, but it isn't news. The family did all they could. I have hundred of clients and most have some sort of addiction. Addicts commit crimes to support their habits (unless they are rich housewives who can pill shop various doctors while keeping under the radar, or something similar). This young woman's story is a cautionary tale to those who romanticize the "Sid and Nancy" side of drugs (i.e. Art, Rock n'Roll, William S. Burroughs, etc.). And for parents and friends it's a reminder that one cannot help an addict until the addict really believes he/she has a problem. Just a sad story all around. I would have published this story under the InHealth section.

7 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by Paulette Burgess on 07/30/2015 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Seven Ways Drought is Impacting the Inland Northwest

Would have been interesting to hear reports from Green Bluff growers --- strawberries came and went lickity split as did cherries. What's the expectation for the rest of the growing season?

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by DavidGreen on 07/30/2015 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Psych ward at Sacred Heart retains doctors, agrees to cut bed count by two-thirds

And one more thing I would venture to add -- all the things in the BEST program will undoubtedly be helpful and much needed. But sometimes a bed is a bed, and in those situations there is no substitute for a bed for safety reasons. It is extremely difficult for community healthcare workers to find appropriate care when there are just too few beds.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by mental health provider on 07/30/2015 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Psych ward at Sacred Heart retains doctors, agrees to cut bed count by two-thirds

I'm glad you are bringing this to our attention. One thing I might add -- they aren't called "psych wards" anymore. The term is stigmatized and old. A more clinically appropriate term is "psych unit."

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by mental health provider on 07/30/2015 at 11:58 AM

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