• Andrew Thurston

    Editor, The Brink Twitter Profile

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    Andrew Thurston is originally from England, but has grown to appreciate the serial comma and the Red Sox, while keeping his accent (mostly) and love of West Ham United. He joined BU in 2007, and is the editor of the University’s research news site, The Brink; he was formerly director of alumni publications. Before joining BU, he edited consumer and business magazines, including for corporations, nonprofits, and the UK government. His work has won awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the In-House Agency Forum, Folio:, and the British Association of Communicators in Business. Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in English and related literature from the University of York. Profile

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There is 1 comment on A Notorious Boston Intersection, Mass and Cass, Faces an Opioid Overdose Crisis. BU Researchers Are Turning to Overdose Survivors for Answers

  1. As a taxpayer, I don’t wish to continue contributing to programs that don’t work – as is obviously the case when multiple rehab stints don’t work – for a multitude of reasons as relayed in this article. That being said, I also don’t wish to contribute to programs that allow and even encourage people to keep using drugs, and therefore keep relying on public funds instead of being a contributing member of society. The ultimate goal should be to find a path that actually gets people sober/clean, and gets them education and job training and an actual job. Our society is currently lacking in available labor. More subsidized clean housing for people who have jobs is a more attractive support system for those of us who are paying taxes. I’d rather see options like working farms as rehab locations – where people have to live there in a dorm setting and actually work on a farm. They can grow their own food, learn culinary skills, mechanic skills, trades skills/programs (carpentry, etc.) and have classes to get a GED or further their education….and then have career counsellors and jobs lined up when they leave the program. I’d rather support someone in a program like that for a couple of years before I want to support drug use behavior that keeps them on taxpayer support forever. The current system is not working – time to stop putting money into failing programs and think outside the box. The reality is that drug use is costing us way too much money, and there needs to be a solution to stop it, not options to keep using drugs. Consequences of actions is a reality and taxpayers are sick of paying for non-contributing members of society. Let’s stop hand holding – no one deserves a free ride because they are making poor choices…..our obligation should be to provide options and support and then hold them accountable to become self-sufficient.

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