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Publisher's Note
A Tale of Two States  E-mail
Written by Ted Jackson   
April 2014

If anyone were foolish enough to think that the fight to get dealing with addictions issues out of the hands of cops, judges and prison wardens and into the hands of the healthcare system was going to be easy need only to look to New England, and specifically at the differing approaches of the two neighboring states of Vermont and Maine.

State of State

In January, Vermont Gov.Peter Shumlin electrified the nation, making the cover of newspapers coast-to-coast, by devoting his entire half-hour state of the state address to the totally out-of-control problem of addiction in his state. It's hard to over-emphasize the importance of Gov. Shumlin's address, as by custom and history governors just do not ever devote their state of the state speeches to a single issue. And then there is what Gov. Shumlin said, bluntly telling legislators that it was time we stopped averting our eyes to the problem of addiction in our front yards while "we fear and fight treatment facilities in our backyards" in a clear reference the literal plague of NIMBYism that is the bane of treatment entrepreneurialism nationwide. Arrayed behind the governor as he gave his historic address was virtually everybody of importance in Vermont, including the chief justice who said later that the court system's failure with respect to addictions was "unequivocal."

Pointing Puglistic Finger

Now compare Gov. Shumlin to his next-door-neighbor, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, whose newspaper picture said it all about him - an angry, pursed-lipped bespectacled face with a fat pointing pugilistic finger directed out at legislators lecturing them on how we need to ratchet up the "war on drugs" with more enforcement and arrests. Apparently Gov. LePage has forgotten that never in the now nearly half centuryof the drug wars have police ever been able to impact supply in any meaningful way, with now record low prices and high quality drugs available with unprecedented convenience everywhere. Get ready for a long tough fight.

About the Publisher

Ted Jackson is Treatment Magazine's publisher, editor and majority owner. A veteran financial journalist, Mr. Jackson's work has appeared in newspapers and magazines worldwide, including the Financial Times of London, The Irish Times of Dublin, Chicago Tribune, Toronto Globe & Mail, Reuters and hundreds of others. Mr. Jackson was among the five founding bureau chiefs at Bloomberg News, setting up the Canadian news operation for feed into Bloomberg's global wire. A former bond trader, Mr. Jackson worked on trading floors in Chicago, New York and Toronto. Ted Jackson

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