Erin Gates 
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Re: “All that's left: SLO County families cope with loss in the wake of the opioid epidemic

Thank you for this article, & specifically, emphasizing the point that addiction is a disease. Its crazy to think of how many millions of Americans still question this. And say things like, just quit. Like its that easy. Its not.
Whats crazy is I cant tell you how many times I did say that, to my mom, after years of her opioid use, and the trauma it caused me, my family, my extended family, etc. Sometime I still think that, even after 5 years of sobriety myself. Should I know better? Well, I do. I know its a disease, and yet it still hurts. There are so many reasons for our current opioid epidemic. And there are countless solutions too. But ultimately, it takes that one individual who is suffering, whether from opioids or any other addiction, to admit they need help, and actually be willing to receive the help that is offered to them. And to do the work that it takes, the work that these helpers are suggesting they do.

Sometimes I wonder why I was able to get sober and live a really happy life without my medication for the last five years when my mom has been suffering with her disease for over half my life. I think the answer lies beyond just her and my story. It lies in the need for this to no longer be a closet issue. It lies in the need for this disease to be treated like any other, with ample medical help, and clear and transparent communication between the helping community. And most importantly, this disease deserves the same love and compassion that we freely offer to those afflicted with other diseases. Perhaps then, we could make a long lasting dent on the suffering that affects millions of addicts, & their loved ones, every day.

Posted by Erin Gates on 08/07/2018 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Fracking initiative gets 20,000 signatures

A SLO County known for its beautiful beaches, its quaint towns, its wineries, its celebration of the nature - thats the SLO County I want to live in. Thats the SLO County that generates millions of dollars in tourism revenue every year. Thats the SLO County that will generate sustainable economic growth, jobs, etc. Why dont we focus on that big picture?

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Posted by Erin Gates on 05/03/2018 at 2:36 PM

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