After a much-needed break, I was back on-the-road this week “carrying the message” of hope, help and healing that is the essence of Hazelden Betty Ford’s mission. First stop: Normandale Community College in the Twin Cities for a community forum. I was surprised by the big turnout. But even more impressed with the depth and breadth of questions from the audience, which included college students, parents with children still under the influence, couples in recovery, counselors and other professionals, a clutch of aspiring writers and those always-affirming friends and fellow travelers. A few of their thought-provoking questions: Question: What should Big Pharma’s responsibility be in helping to curb the nation's heroin and prescription opioid epidemic? Answer: Perhaps a dedicated tax on pain medication sales to fund education for doctors, nurses and pharmacy students. Question: Can you still drink or smoke in recovery? Answer: Yes, I suppose I could. But the outcome would be messy. So I don’t. Question: Why are all the candidates for president talking about drugs now? Answer: Because they’ve finally realized that addiction doesn’t discriminate. Question: What should the next president do about the “War on Drugs?” Answer: End it by embracing the reality that recovery shouldn’t discriminate either, and that treatment can work.