This is in response to your Jan. 27 article “Warning Issued on Killer Heroin: At Least 17 Fatalities Reported.” In the past week, at least 22 people in Allegheny and surrounding counties died from using heroin. Allegheny County medical examiner Karl Williams called it “a major public health crisis.”
I disagree with his claim that this is a “major public health crisis.” It’s not contagious. It’s not catchy. It’s not genetic. It is 100 percent completely, totally avoidable. So there is no “major public health crisis.”
This is a crisis, but it is a crisis of a very different kind. It is a crisis of bad decision-making. It is a crisis of irresponsible behavior. It is a crisis of stupidity.
DANIEL D. ALMAN