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Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 5:55 pm, Mon Jul 7, 2014.

Peter and Laura Lafond had plans.

Their marriage of 22 years had produced a son and a daughter, and Peter and Laura had begun to relish their future together.

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9 comments:

  • Jospeh Tafoya posted at 6:47 am on Sat, Jul 12, 2014.

    Jighead Posts: 75

    Why does DWI continue to thrive in New Mexico? The answer is easy . Money, Politicians and those that vote them in. Changes any of these variables and effective DWI laws will be created. Until then you are a victim-in-waiting.

     
  • Betsy Brandt posted at 8:13 am on Wed, Jul 9, 2014.

    betsybrandt Posts: 1

    We can do something that works. Why are we not using ANY of the 10 positive strategies that other states are using to stop or curb deaths? The statistics show that These strategies work. They target prescription drug abuse... But as this article states there is a close relationship between alcohol and drug mortality rates. Please read this study and write Gov. Martinez.
    http://ow.ly/yXfCI

     
  • bitsyjhawk posted at 10:30 pm on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    bitsyjhawk Posts: 2

    So sorry for the Lafond family and their loss.

     
  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 3:38 pm on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    joehempfling Posts: 188

    THIS IS WHAT THE SO-CALLED WAR ON DRUGS SHOULD REALLY BE ABOUT; MORE VIOLENCE, CRIME, MURDERS AND MAYHEM ARE DIRECTLY TRACEABLE TO ALCOHOL ABUSE THAN ANY OTHER SUBSTANCE KNOW TO MAN. BUT SINCE SO MUCH MONEY EXCHANGES HANDS, TAXES RAISED, PEOPLE INCARCERATED AND HOSPITALIZED, NO WAY WILL POLITICIANS TOUCH IT !
    AND SO THE HYPOCRACY CONTINUES !

     
  • Randal Doering posted at 10:44 am on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    Neodoering Posts: 47

    She's right, drunks make a conscious decision to drink. They are murderers, not accidental killers. They should be treated with compassion and encouraged to enter programs to treat their disease, UNTIL THEY KILL SOMEONE. Then they should be put in prison like any murderer. The penalties for DWI should be more severe than they are. This will act as a wake-up call for drunks that their slow suicide that threatens others will not be tolerated. Liberals are confused. They think that since alcoholism is a disease, alcoholics are not responsible for their actions. WRONG. Drunks must be held responsible for their drinking, and punished accordingly.

     
  • Prince Michael Jauregui posted at 10:24 am on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    PrinceMichael Posts: 31

    The findings of this recent study, merely confirm what I've
    taught for YEARS. The correlation between the state's
    high poverty-rate, joblessness, and Alcohol/Drug abuse,
    must no longer be denied.
    Of course, the relentless marketing and accessibility of Alcohol,
    on a state and national-level, must be factored-in. Hence, for many New
    Mexicans, Alcohol is the true gateway drug.

    Again, what this report -however unintentionally- verifies are
    more profound economic and societal ills.
    A tragic case of Cause-and-Effect:
    Poverty...Despair...Alcoholism.
    Yet, one big party for The Maloof Family.

     
  • Juan Blea posted at 9:17 am on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    jblea Posts: 18

    As an addiction treatment provider, i can safely say that supply-side solutions as listed within this article WILL NOT ever work against addiction...i have more to say than what i can here, so please visit: http://wp.me/p3xGVw-ju

     
  • Michael Murray posted at 8:06 am on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    Mike M Posts: 62

    Promoting discussions about alcohol use during doctor visits, increasing alcohol prices by raising booze taxes, strictly enforcing laws against serving / over-serving and regulating the density of alcohol sellers will do little without INCREASING the stigma associated with drunkenness and DUI. When family, friends, and co-workers are willing to take the keys, when children say "No more drinking dad (or mom)", when it becomes socially unacceptable to be an irresponsible drinker then and only then will things change.

     
  • dmiller204 posted at 7:16 am on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    dmiller204 Posts: 2

    Here's the most interesting thing: No one has commented on this story [sad]

     
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