Buck a Beer is what Doug Ford promised and he kept that promise
Buck a Beer
My head is spinning when I think of how a “Buck a Beer” took precedence over safe injection sites. To me it is discounting the massive opioid problem we have in every city. Look at the timeline of your brothers health problems and addictions.
Your brother said:
“I think that goes along with having this disease,” said Ford. “[When using drugs] You do things, you say things that just aren’t you. I take full responsibility.… All I can do is apologize and deal with this disease. This is an everyday battle that I’m going to have to deal with for the rest of my life. This is the beginning of a long, long journey.”
So why not continue his battle in a positive way. Help others who are fighting with this “disease” As I write this in Windsor, every single day tons of needles are found near parks where children play, and the alleys are filled with them. “Buck a Beer” makes a great headline – but is this why the residents of Ontario voted you in. When you think of how drugs destroyed your brothers life, you would think that you would have made it a TOP priority to get drugs off the streets. Drugs kill more people than guns. Read the Globe and mail article, 25 gun deaths!!
“no amount of special police task forces will ever put an end to gang violence in Toronto, because the problem is far more complex than the number of officers on the street, the number of raids and arrests that are carried out, and the number of people who are carded. What is needed, what has always been needed, is for the city to address the abundant and self-evident social issues that lead young people to participate in gangs.”
Now lets compare the gun deaths to Opioid deaths.
Fentanyl, an opioid that’s up to 100 times more powerful than morphine, is responsible for rising rates of overdose deaths across Canada. Last year, 72 per cent of accidental opioid-related deaths in the country involved prescription or illicit fentanyl, compared with 55 per cent in 2016, according to a report released by the federal government last month.
“We need to take a look at the evidence and understand what the experts are saying, so I want to hear that. The premier wants to hear that. He wants to know that continuing with the sites is going to be of benefit to the people of Ontario,” she said.
“That’s what we’ve promised to do in everything since we’ve been elected, is making sure that programs that we’re investing in have value, and this is no different.”
Please explain why you have to review it. You have to understand what the experts are saying?” You want to benefit the people of Ontario by delaying a solution? What high paid “experts” will say anything different than what you can find on Google. Hospital staff, Doctors and Coroners have been telling the public for over 5 years. How many young kids have to be exposed to the drug paraphernalia in parks, school grounds and on the street. You want to make sure Programs your investing in have value? Your investing and protecting our next generation. The Opioid problem is escalating every year, it is not going away. Why wouldn’t you fight for solutions?
In Windsor Ontario, if they switched the money from the POP program. which stands for Problem Oriented Policing. Drew Dilkens our present Mayor of Windsor was quoted by the Windsor Star:
Dilkens added the increased staffing compliment will also help deal with people suffering from addiction and mental health issues.
The $1.4 million proposal would create a mobile unit, with an initial focus on the downtown core.
Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa issued a statement today saying scientific literature and studies have concluded that both overdose-prevention and safe injection sites save lives.The old saying:“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”
Doug Ford, my sister was killed because of Fentanyl. An accidental overdose from a patch that she was prescribed by her family doctor in Richmond Hill. She should never have been prescribed it, and nothing happened to her doctor. But the street variety is a “loaded gun”. There are various groups in Windsor who are getting tired and frustrated with the lack of support they are getting locally and Provincially. Regular citizens volunteer to pick up needles. I volunteered with one of the groups and was shocked with what we found. Your own family was touched by tragedy. The stark reality that drugs had seeped into your family and what it did to your brother. Every SINGLE day, someones Brother, Mother, Father, Sister gets hooked on drugs. Opioids given to them by their doctors, which led them to the streets when the doctors would not give them any more. Drugs that are peddled to the less fortunate on the street, who have lost hope, or have no one to help them with their addiction. What about the devastated families who have to deal with a drug addict, and watching them self destruct. But “Buck a Beer” was a promise that you felt that you needed to deliver on?
In closing – If I was a councillor or a representative of Ontario I would not be promoting Buck a Beer by labour day. The former first lady Betty Ford was instrumental in helping others.
Former First Lady Betty Ford put a courageous new face on recovery when, at age 60, she openly sought treatment for addiction to alcohol and prescription medications. Her candor created a national dialogue and lifted the shame surrounding addiction, unlocking the door to recovery, especially among women.
You could start something right here in Ontario by paving the way for solutions for our Opioid crisis – in memory of your brother. Keep his memory alive and help thousands of people with their addictions in Ontario.
“Be the change you wish to see in this world”