That’s not really what I said

BRATTLEBORO — In my letter, the editor got the sentiment right but the context wrong.

I did not state that “most people don't oppose drugs.” That is a statistic that's unknown to me. I did state, however, that “[m]ost people who use drugs do not abuse drugs.”

Now that statistic I am long familiar with, and I stand firmly behind my sentiment to “leave them the hell alone.” Equating any illicit drug use with “drug abuse” is one of the many failings of prohibitionists and preventionists.

With the large number of submissions, the editor of The Commons must deal with weekly, a rare misstated heading is generally no big deal, but I felt the distinction called for a correction.

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