This is in part a course correction from the trend of several decades ago, when the emphasis was on cutting expenses in the naive belief all addicts could be successfully treated on an outpatient basis.
Portman argues that since business and industry will directly benefit, they should take an active or even a leadership role in this effort.
I think at this point, most law enforcement personnel would agree. They’ve concluded that, as the saying goes, this is one of those problems we “can’t arrest our way out of.”
…if this type of strategy didn’t succeed 30 years ago, what makes us think it’ll be a success this time around?
I thought that blue ribbon commission did a pretty good job with its 60 recommendations, but I haven’t seen much subsequent action, have you?
In many communities, the push to get the drinker or user “off the street” has turned the jail into an unwilling detox facility.
I know how often the quest for business success has in the past overtaken and even overwhelmed the quest to deliver good services.
…healthcare advocates have to work extra hard while proponents of a more punitive approach simply point to a crime committed by a drug user…
It reminds me of the addicts who convince themselves that somehow, despite all the pain of the past, this time things will be different.