The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

February 22, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Friday, Feb. 22, 2013

A ‘thank you’ to Sheriff Steve Tanner

I have the utmost respect for Sheriff Tanner. I believe he is an honest, hardworking and ethical man.

Everyone is quick to make negative comments when it suits their needs. Sheriff Tanner was just stating the truth. We do have the right to bear arms and that does not need to be changed, amended or taken away.

I wish people were as passionate about just as important matters concerning our community and that is prescription drug abuse. Every 19 minutes someone dies from an overdose. Wake up, America! Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for one month.

West Virginia has the nation’s highest rate of drug deaths. Between 2001 and 2008, more than nine out of 10 of those deaths involved prescription drugs.

Drug overdoses now kill more West Virginians each year than car accidents do. It’s the leading cause of accidental deaths in the state.

In America you have 28,736 deaths per year from guns; only 11,250 were homicides. In America you have 32,000 prescription drug overdoses per year. So tell me which topic should be addressed? Is the life of a junky, addict or whatever society calls them less important than others? I think not.

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” — Luke 19:10

To be a Christian means to be like Christ; how can we say we are like Christ if we do not seek to save the lost?

Thank you, Sheriff Tanner, for being passionate about our children dying here in southern West Virginia from prescription drugs or any drug for that matter and trying to make a difference. You have been very supportive and collaborative in our efforts to help others (addicts).


Rebecca Smith

Mothers Against

Prescription Drug Abuse


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