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Thursday, September 15, 2005

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Cdn Looking South

I've been following this ordeal at least in part as a frontline community services counselor.

Three questions regarding those with pre-existing psychopathologies when disaster strikes:

Will the experience in New Orleans prompt Emergency Response Planning and Implementation to identify the the many issues relating to drug addiction that must be addressed in any disaster emergency?

Who will assume responsibility for public oversight of what is happening with disaster victims who have drug addictions? There's more to this story than the "thugs." How is the disaster relief dealing with drug addiction issues now? Why isn't anyone talking about it or reporting on it?

Will the US be taking a look at disaster management requirements for gunshops and drug and alcohol supplies? Do owners and public services have a responsibility to develop a different response than what we witnessed?: caches of weapons and ammunition left unattended and openly accessible and entire stocks of drugs and alcohol ready for the taking. A deadly cocktail that gets mixed long before the addicts imbibe during a disaster.

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