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Spiritual argument oversimplifies

It's not every day that a U.S. senator comes to our small community to listen to the people working to combat drug addiction. I am proud of the work that Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., is doing to address this epidemic. Baldwin heard us loud and cle...

It's not every day that a U.S. senator comes to our small community to listen to the people working to combat drug addiction.

I am proud of the work that Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., is doing to address this epidemic. Baldwin heard us loud and clear, and she is aggressively calling for emergency investments for local prevention, treatment and recovery efforts.

A recent letter writer from California ignores this in his letter. Instead, he focuses on what he calls a "spiritual void" as the cause of drug abuse.

I have personally witnessed close friends and family struggle with drug addiction, including some of the most deeply spiritual people that I know.

The problem of addiction is much more complex than what the letter writer suggests. Thank God we have Sen. Baldwin working side-by-side with faith leaders, law enforcement, mental health professionals, and those suffering from addiction to secure the resources we need to fight this growing epidemic.

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