Every day we feature the beloved “Strawberry Letter” franchise that is so popular on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” heard nationwide. Send in your letters and Shirley Strawberry will dish out the necessary advice. Today’s topic: Drug addicted sister Good morning, Steve, Shirley, Carla and Tommy, I have wanted to write this letter for some time. The problem is this female person I know. I’ll call her EP. EP has a sister who is a drug addict. When the sister comes to her home, she takes anything of value and sells it on the street. I told her that she needs to keep the sister out of her house and lock her valuables up in her bedroom with a lock on the door. When her money comes up missing, EP is calling all over town whining and crying to get money. She does not have the means to pay the money back. I told her she needs to give her sister one good butt whoopping and she will not have this problem. EP says her sister knows people who will “hurt you.” I told her that I know people who will hurt the sister and her people and that this has to stop. This has been going on for over 30 years and has gotten worse. In the past, I have helped her financially but stopped because its been going on for too long. Last year, the sister almost had her and her family (her mother included) evicted. Her mother is the culprit. She lets her in the home when EP is away. Just recently, the sister took EPs medication to sell on the streets. When she called her doctor, he told her that she should file a police report because the medication is a controlled substance, is monitored by the state and he could not give her anymore. It’s gotten to the point where I won’t listen to any more drama. I don’t know what to tell her at this point. Can you all give me some advice to give to her? Another suggestion would be to put the mother in a nursing home. Her mother doesn’t like me because I won’t help her anymore.
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