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Letter: Extends condolences to those who have lost loved ones to drugs

Published: August 10, 2016 12:00 AM

My heart

and

prayers go out to Jeanne Ralston-Astalos, who lost her son Marcus to a suspected drug overdose.

I have clipped out her story (Aug. 3, "Mother recalls her son's fatal addiction to opiates") for all my children and grandchildren to read and hope it will help them to understand that taking drugs or even thinking about taking them can cause so much damage and heartbreak.

I thank and commend Jeanne for having such courage and wish her message would get out to all our youth and parents somehow.

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Drug overdoses are becoming an epidemic and we are now facing a real battle. Drug dealers are another form of terrorist and must be dealt with. It is so sad every time we lose another loved one to drugs and the heartache it leaves behind.

I also clipped the column written by guest columnist Sarah Smith and all the advice and resources offered by the "Start Talking!" program launched by the Gov. and Mrs. Kasich and made available on the Internet. (Aug. 3, "Advice on how to keep children from getting involved with drugs.")

To all who have lost a loved one to drugs, I extend my heart-felt condolences.

Eva Kisley, Macedonia


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