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Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:01 am, Thu Oct 25, 2012.

This note is in support of Dr. Ernest Vasti and his long-awaited clinic for the chemically dependent. I grew up with Dr. Vasti and can attest to his devotion to save families from drugs and alcohol.

My office practice is typical of the community, in that we frequently see patients whose lives have been devastated by drugs. Treating chemical dependency is an art and science, and most of us in primary care have unfortunately not been adequately trained.

Dr. Vasti is well-trained with years of experience from UCLA's Center for Addiction and I have been referring to him in his Stockton office for more than 20 years. He has an uncanny ability to get through to these kids, and I have yet to see him fail. This is not called a methadone clinic — rather it is an oasis for worried parents and for students in need of turning their lives around. Yes, patients are being treated a short distance from the school, but soon Dr. Vasti will be invited into those schools to educate kids about avoiding addiction.

I recently called Dr. Vasti late one night about a teenage relative of mine. He spent three hours that same night with the teen, and the parents were grateful and impressed. Dr. Vasti saves lives — it works. He should have been in Lodi earlier to save more lives. I have seen it, and so have my physician colleagues. We are lucky to have him, and if you have the opportunity to meet him, you'll see why.

Dr. Ron Navone, M.D.


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  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:03 pm on Fri, Oct 26, 2012.

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    Pamela Marie, great letter. And the fearless leaders in the city of Lodi can't figure why the drug and alcohol problem in this town is so bad and getting worse. The group I work with and am a board member of, A Hand Up - Not A Hand Out has been desperately attempting to move forward on a detox center here in Lodi, but as usual, there's no funding from the city of Lodi and they want to pass the problem once again to the churches and charitable organizations that are already drastically overwhelmed, while they think it's OK to let their local developer friends, Mr. Gillespie and Mr. Doucette out of their financial responsibilities by letting them rescind all or part of their contracts on Reynolds Ranch and the two large FCB projects. It's more important to the city of Lodi to keep jamming downtown Lodi with more winetasting rooms, bars, restaurant-lounges, and businesses that serve alcohol for many events downtown. When will they step up and take responsibility for helping create the alcohol frenzy that has many addicted?

  • Pamela Marie posted at 1:01 pm on Thu, Oct 25, 2012.

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    This is great news to family's that have addiction problems. My son is an addict and it took 3 psychiatrist's, 2 outpatient programs, several drug arrests, a long term inpatient program, etc for him to get the help he needed. His father is a family practioner and trying to find adequate help was so difficult even knowing the system and addiction specialists plus having the resources to help my son. It was a great relief to me to know that I didn't cause it, I can't control it, and I can't cure it. Some days the guilt is still so tremendous especially when I see younger photos of a happy smiling young boy full of love and so intellligent. Family's in Lodi facing addiction will have a qualified addiction specialist to help them through this nightmare. It could happen to any family. Good Luck and Godspeed to all.


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