To the editor: Regarding the Kent County News Sept. 5 coverage of "Kent gets its purple on for second year," sincere congratulations to all those who were involved in the many activities associated with raising the public's awareness of what is indeed "a substance abuse epidemic that has the nation in its grip."

However, for me what was missing, was any data on how badly afflicted Kent County is with illicit drug use. My general understanding is that Kent County is not immune to instances of drug overdosing and death caused by opioids adulterated at times by fentanyl, heroin and other lab-created poisons.

The Kent County Commissioners proclamation properly urges us to become more aware and more understanding of those among us suffering from the scourge of drug addiction. I believe that laudatory goal would be helped if the large sign noting Kent County's sad drug abuse related statistics was returned to the intersection of Washington Avenue and Morgnec Road.

Until it was removed, it always got my attention and stimulated some serious reflection.

Tom Timberman


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