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But For The Grace Of God

April 8, 2015
Wetzel Chronicle

"But for the grace of God, it would've been you."

Truer words were never spoken April 3 in Wetzel County Circuit Court. The Honorable Judge David W. Hummel was talking to defendant Andrew Goddard, who was terminated from drug court for a drug test that came back positive for heroin. Hummel spoke of the recent death of a former defendant, who died of an overdose.

We know we frequently write of the area's drug problem, whether it be stories on drug busts or stories of defendants who are charged with drug-related crimes, or even feature pieces on where an addict can go for help or where parents can go for some proactive information. Some might find this to be overwhelming. Too much.

We think, however, the truth is worth repeating. One can never hear too much of the dangers of illegal drug usage.

As Judge Hummel himself said of his former defendant, "He was a good person." Good people can become trapped in bad circumstances. One overdose is one overdose too many. It's the loss of a child, of a grandchild, of a friend, or acquaintance. But for the grace of God, it could be your child, grandchild, friend, or acquaintance. Drugs are no respectors of persons.

Therefore, we find the warnings of drug addiction to be an absolute necessity. We encourage others to take part. Be proactive. Become educated. Keep prescription drugs in a safe place. Talk to your family members. Talk to your kids. Talk your friends.

Too much is not even enough.



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