A video of Chris Christie making an emotional plea for better treatment for drug addicts has gone viral, racking up more than 4 million views on Facebook.
The New Jersey governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate was filmed by the Huffington Post at a recent town hall in Belmont, New Hampshire. He compares drug addiction to his mother’s addition to nicotine from smoking, describing the many lengths she went through to quit.
When she was ultimately diagnosed with cancer, Christie said, “No one came to me and said, ‘Don’t treat her ’cause she got what she deserved.'”
“No one came to me and said, hey listen, ‘You know your mother was dumb. She started smoking when she was 16. Then after we told her it was bad for her, she kept doing it, so we’re not going to give her chemotherapy, we’re not gonna give her radiation, we’re not going to give her any of that stuff — you know why? ‘Cause she’s getting what she deserves.’ No one said that,” he said.
But when it comes to heroin, cocaine or alcohol, Christie said the response is all too often to say, “They’re getting what they deserve.”
“I’m pro-life, and I think that if you’re pro-life, that means you’ve gotta be pro-life for the whole life, not just the nine months they’re in the womb,” he said.
He went on to tell the story of a law school friend who began taking Percocet to treat a back injury, and ultimately became addicted. In spite of an intervention he and his friends held, the friend went in and out of rehab before he was found dead in a hotel room 10 years later with an empty bottle of Perocet and an empty quart of vodka.
“It can happen to anyone,” Christie said. “Every life is precious, every life is an individual gift from God,” Christie told the audience. “We have to stop judging and start giving them the tools they need to get better.”
Standing ovation for Chris Christie. Why is it that we have such distain for those with addictions? People don’t become addicts on purpose. That is what addiction is–powerless over a substance.
We must stop finding ways to punish those with addictions. We must start treating addictions. It doesn’t matter if the addiction is to legal or illegal substances.
I am a cigarette addict. I smoked many years. I have been smoke free for 8 years. I went cold turkey and it was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. I also have some health issues because of it. How many people would deny me my inhalers? I use 2 different ones.
I am not going to get quite as religious as Christie because I have never claimed to know what God thinks. But, if non-sentient fetuses are sacred, what on earth is a wino out by the dumpster? What is a teen ager hooked on heroine? The wino and the heroin act are all part of the human race and not there because they want to be. The blame game has to stop.
It is very difficult to find addiction treatment centers, whether it is for alcohol, prescription drugs or illegal drugs. It’s even harder to find an affordable in-house facility. Most rehab/nursing homes won’t take someone who has just been through detox, even to get them back on their feet again physically. It truly is a national crime.
A state crime already exists. Don’t tell me you are pro-life when there are 400,000 uninsured Virginians who are costing the state several million dollars per day. Prevention saves money.
Don’t even tell me you are pro-life unless you have the courage to ask for more addiction treatment. You don’t really get to pick and choose.
Chris Christie gets it.