No amount of money, laws, regulations or standards can change the mind or behavior of an individual who lost hope and feels alone in the community

In Monroe County, the deaths jumped 76 percent between 2010 to 2014 — from 34 to 60 — and to a total of 417 between 2003 and 2014. The growth was even larger in Erie County: up 95 percent to 78 deaths in 2014 (Read More).

I applaud the efforts of Sen. Funke and other lawmakers seeking more state aid (Opioid Bills) , but unless we execute a unified plan bring together the faith, education, business, entertainment, and government community -more state aid will merely serve as a band aid.

Jails are no longer in the business of rehabilitation. Many faith leaders have succumbed to secular perversions. Education policies are focused on political correctness instead of teaching a child in a manner the child can learn. The entertainment industry has lost it morels while government officials promote corruption and deceit by their actions.

No amount of money, laws, regulations or standards can change the mind or behavior of an individual who lost hope and feels alone in the community. Individuals seeking to break free from the cycle of poverty, but need a little help, are trapped in bureaucracy and a sea of rules and regulations stifling dreams and limiting potential. Shifting our thinking from a handout to a hand up philosophy allows for all people to work on achieving their American dream with dignity and pride (VoteVazquez.com).

Addiction is not a problem unique to urban centers. Addiction is common amongst all people seeking purpose. In order to create a yearning for a better life we must first revolutionize the systems in place, which lend to the cycle of poverty and loss of hope.

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