To the editor:

Regarding the article on April 11, “Families caught in crosshairs of opiate crisis,” concerning Eric Jalbert and Jessica Cote:

Most people who overdose do not want to die  — they “trust” their dealers and do not foresee the risk. Many die. Many die silently in their homes, and their families go on living with profound grief.

Many would say the addicts are to blame — they bought the drugs. It seems we lack the technologies to find the perpetrators who infect the drug with fentanyl. Tainting with  fentanyl is a crime. ... It is manslaughter in my book.

Kyle Kohler and Justina Hebert did not want to die. They were given a deadly concoction, not what they ordered.

Lucy Kohler