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September Newsletter
Treatment Not Jail
Recent blog post by Rev. Alexander E. Sharp - So what happens when troops start questioning the assumptions of the war they signed up for? We’re seeing the answer now with the War on Drugs. This war is going to end because those on the front line realize that most of it doesn’t make any sense.

Nationally, an organization called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) is dedicated to the proposition that the War on Drugs is a failure. Its speakers bureau of former police officers has been making this case across the country for over twelve years.

Now local voices are coming forward. Two months ago we wrote about the police chief of Gloucester, Massachusetts, who last winter experienced four deaths in his district due to heroin overdose within two months. He couldn’t take it anymore. He announced that if addicts needed help and came into his office, he would not arrest them. He would get them into treatment.

Last Monday evening, Eric Guenther, Police Chief of Mundelein in Lake County, Illinois, (pictured above) joined me in a presentation to the Community of Congregations, an interfaith group of about 30 congregations in River Forest and Oak Park, Illinois. Chief Guenther shared his intent to follow Gloucester’s model.
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Unite
to Face Addiction 

By Rev. Donna Schaper

UNITE TO FACE ADDICTION matters theologically. Why? Its thread is a reconsideration of the Golden Rule from its wisdom in many traditions. It is an extended reflection on the mutuality of the golden rule. It is a welcome addition to the global groan about what drugs, booze, and tobacco do to us. They each take away more than they add. They each cost us billions of dollars in unnecessary suffering, family-by-family, hospital-by-hospital, and emergency room-by-emergency room.
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Take Action

Sign CNDP's Religious Declaration against the War on Drugs.
- Sign the Faith Community Letter to President Obama to address the addiction crisis. 

- Sign this online petition to end the ban on the use of federal funds for syringe exchange programs. 

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