Addicts ‘bleeding us dry’

WITH regards to last week’s letter on methadone users in the town, I have neighbours who fall into the latter category, and are work-shy.

They’ve lived in this area for a number of years and have never had jobs. And, by their own admission, they get free rent and council tax, and cheap heating. They run a car which helps for their supermarket trips which result in enough food to feed an army.

Their days seem to consist of taking their dog into the car twice a day for long, country walks. They enjoy regular barbecues on dry days with all-day drinking sessions, taxis to and from the pub on not-so-nice days and, according to their Facebook page, have recently enjoyed a two-week holiday in Malta.

As well as their methadone use, they both have drink problems. To put addiction and illness in the same sentence is an excuse to rob the hard-working tax-payers among us blind.

I am 56, I’ve worked all my days, bar five months when I was made redundant, but even then I did voluntary work to help the town. I got off my backside and didn’t sit around making the excuse that “there’s no jobs”. I’ve also served in the armed forces, and I’ve always paid for everything, but seem to have less money in my pocket than the current generation of scroungers. And with everything rocketing in price, my bank balance amounts to very little.

The most unfair thing about this is I have just been diagnosed with a terminal illness with a prognosis of a maximum of 12 months. I have no choices and no control over this. Who forces addicts to load their bodies with toxins? The stupidity fairy? No – themselves.

They will live longer than me and continue to bleed decent citizens dry, while I’ll not see my baby grandson reach school age.

Sympathy, addiction, illness – I think not.

NAME AND ADDRESS WITHHELD BY REQUEST

in response to last week’s letter about methadone users, if the author was more educated on the subject he or she would know that it is prescribed to stabilise the addiction and, hopefully, curb the need to use street drugs. I may also add if an individual is seen to be abusing the programme, they are promptly taken off it.

With regards to the cubicles in local chemists etc, they may be embarrassing to some people but I assume they also carry a significant stigma for users and their families. It is not a case of giving in to these people. They are battlling their addictions and dealing with them the best they can. Having worked in the health sector, I feel that doctors and health workers do a very good job under difficult circumstances.

All I am trying to say is that methadone is an issue in not just our town but everywhere, and I’m afraid the cubicles are here to stay. But at least we are seen as a community that is trying to address the problem.

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IN REPLY to last week’s letter comparing Hawick’s floral displays to those in Pitlochry, would the writer give me call on 372372 and I’ll let he or she know when the volunteers meet with a view to the person getting involved in trying to make the town more cheerful.

Comments from the public are okay, but, come on, we’re few in numbers and more helpers would go a long way in making things better.

HELEN FORD

Community councillor

Following the success of the 2010 Christmas panto production, I would like to invite local organisations to apply to us for funding. Applications should have details of the organisation and information as to what the funding is for. Applications should be sent to Sharon Brogan on ognimod894@aol.com or to 19 Linden Crescent, Hawick, TD9 9LQ, by September 30.

New members will be made most welcome and are invited to our 2011 production read-through on Wednesday at 7pm in Drumlanrig school.

MIKE WEBBER

Hawick Panto Group co-ordinator

THROUGH your columns, we’d like to thank the many people who turned out on a dismal day in support of our recent coffee morning, as a result of which, and our associated fund-raising activities on the day, we raised the magnificent sum of £744.62. It is very gratifying to know that we have so many friends and supporters in the town!

A very special thanks must go to our sponsors, without whose generous help this would not have been possible. And to the ladies (and others) who toiled so tirelessly to keep the cups filled and the biscuit plates topped up.

Keeping a band with so many youngsters properly dressed and shoed is no easy task nowadays, not to mention the maintenance and purchase of instruments. The money raised will go some way to fulfilling these aims. Thanks again for your generosity, and we look forward to your continued support.

SANDY McLAREN

For Hawick Scout Pipe Band organising committee

I would like to thank Flo Abdullah, whist members and all supporters of last month’s whist drive in Denholm. Monies raised went to Interest Link Roxburgh, based in Hawick. And will be used for social, training and transport costs for all linked service users and volunteers with Interest Link Roxburgh. On behalf of all members, I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone for their support..

Val Reilly

Branch coordinator for Interest Link Roxburgh