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I started using meth at the tender age of 16 (quit about a year later). I started using because I lacked a strong and supportive family life, had a very low self esteem, had lost interest in school and was convinced that I had no future - all of these issues were outcomes of poverty and growing up in a culture of poverty. Education is important for lifting our citizens out of poverty - reduce poverty and you will reduce the use of seriously life destroying drugs (not marijuana).
Despite my prior drug use, I really think that Oregon's law is excessively strict. I have issues with fluid in my middle ear due to deformed eustachian tubes. When I get a cold, I am prone to ear infections, which are the catalyst for calcium growth that eats away at the bones in my middle ears. A couple years ago, lacking health insurance, I couldn't get ahold of any effective decongestant, which led to an infection in my middle ear that made me go deaf until I was able to get health insurance, at which time I had a surgery (that cost me $4,000 out of pocket). If we, as a society, aren't going to ensure access to doctors, it seems really excessive to make it impossible for people to get the most effective decongestant on the market.
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