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Ayesha Sayed

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If you could influence this issue, what would you do to drug addicts?

I have a brother who was plagued by addiction for almost 8 years, it was a battle for everyone in the family. I saw him suffering through the addiction, being deported, depressed and our family being ripped apart. If you could influence the destiny of these addicts, what would you do? would you allow them to suffer in jails or would you help rehabilitate them and become better humans? I know how dangerous addicts can be but don't they deserve a chance at life?

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    Jan 5 2012: Coming from a family of addicts and being surrounded by such an element, there is not a doubt in my mind that addiction is a disease. It is a disease of the soul that has no boundaries and seeks to destroy everything around the one who is afflicted before taking the life of the afflicted themselves. One can even say that addiction closely resembles what some people view as demonic possession.

    These people are not criminals. They are merely sick people who have to commit criminal acts in order to get what they "need". They need help, not imprisonment
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      Jan 5 2012: They really are sick. I sincerely hope the world can understand this and help them instead of locking them up in places which kill them before their death.

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