Police found her in a parking garage with a crack pipe, what they did will surprise you
Very good article about an important issue.
Any success depends on the addict personally deciding for themselves (as opposed
to somebody else deciding for them, or playing the game) that they want to break
free. Even then there will be back-slides, ongoing hunger/crave struggles to
deal with. Until that personal decision is made, then any outsider
effort to help (other than making it known that help is available) is a waste of
resources. Ask anyone who has truly fought the battle
@Rick for truthIf you want truth, Rick, look no further than the
article, paragraph 11:“According to a peer-reviewed study that
looked at 318 people suspected of low-level drug and prostitution crime in
downtown Seattle, participants in the program were 60 percent less likely to be
arrested, 89 percent more likely to have a place to live and 46 percent more
likely to have a job in the six months following enrollment.”That’s some pretty good cost savings. That is taking people off the
streets. That is saving lives and healing families. I have friends
who have died as a result of using opioids as prescribed. PROVO is the opioid
capital of Utah. Innocent people, hooked by a product that is now prescribed 4
times as much as just a few years ago. The addicts aren’t the bad guys
here, the evil and conspiring drug companies have played a role and need to step
up to the plate.
Wrong, this program has cost the Seattle tax payers millions, call this a switch
and bait scam. Can you remember this year the overturned illegal tax on
millionaires. Recidivism of drug abusers is over 90%. Crimes committed with ties
to drugs and drug abuse is over 80%. Any program that returns these people
faster to the general population only increases the crimes on the innocent. No,
longer, stronger jail terms will be the only protection to the public. For those
of you who just want to help them, then you step up and put one in your home,
no, the silence is deafing.
@dlarsenThe funding for the program comes from compassionate
donations and eventually from the fact it is cheaper to treat than to jail. Gambling and marijuana are not the answers. Each creates an increase in
dysfunctional people, even homelessness, and cities in Colorado have found that
revenues from pot fall far short of the increased expense burden to cities from
dealing with the dysfunctional. You don’t solve one problem by creating
@dski“almost every single person in this category got there by
their own choice.”I think you are confusing opioid addiction
with heart disease, diabetes and COPD, each causing hundreds of thousands of
deaths yearly, and each greatly affected by choice. And you are
wrong about your statistics. More people die from opioid deaths than auto
accidents or guns, and in the case of cars and guns, most often someone made a
bad choice. In the case of opioid addiction, the single biggest
cause is addiction due to “properly” prescribed pain medications,
yet opioid prescription has more than quadrupled in the last decade or so. I
doubt that increase is due to increased need. The drug companies and their
pushers, ignorant medical professionals, are killing more than 60,000 people per
year. So, before you judge and absolve society of a role or
responsibility, at least get informed.
This seems to be a more realistic approach; as nobody will quit until they are
ready. As quoted in the article from one of the police officers "We
can't arrest our way out of this problem"!! This is exactly the
approach the "Operation Rio Grande" is attempting to take. More of the
budgeted money for this program was spend on officers (and Jail) overtime to
arrest (And detain) people who obviously could not bail out. We have a Public
Safety Director that is saying "They don't have to talk to us; but,
then they can be arrested for Trespassing, Jaywalking, or littering"! The
homeless project was started without knowing how it was to be funded! This is a
perfect example of hiding the problem, instead of fixing it.Is it a
coincidence that the State of Washington also has the Tremendous amount of
financial ability to fund this program off profits made from legalized Marijuana
and the Lottery? Does anyone think that the added benefit of Billions of extra
dollars yearly contribute to a better way to make facility's for more beds
for people that need help for serious addictions? The State of Utah is being
selfish to it's homeless, and it's potential business people to be
Decent article, but what’s with the clickbait title?
What I like best about the Deseret News is the frequency with which its
reporters go out of their way to ferret out the good news of the day and to
write about these things. Many thanks! (And happy holidays and Merry Christmas
to all the staff at the DN!)
Sounds like good opportunities for practicing Christians and others to be a real
much needed friend to those that hurt, badly.
A touching story ! This personal story brings a face attached to the plight of
drug addiction and it makes it so close and real. Unfortunately, almost every
single person in this category got there by their own choice. Somehow, we do not
give as much attention to other populations that cause a higher death counts.
With all the higher death toll from motor vehicle accidents and gangs related
shootings, the resources dedicated for them is pale in comparison to the
resources spent for those who suffer from their own choices.
Seems like a positive program. Oxycontin should be banned.
I want to see this type of approach more, and less of throwing people in a cage.
I don't think nonviolent people who are addicted to a substance deserve
jail time. They need help, not punishment.
I found this article along with the other in the series I read to be very
moving. I credit much of that to the work and skill of the journalists. I was
attracted to the stories largely because i have a dear friend in another
province who has an adult daughter who is addicted to drugs. I am also trying to
help an alcoholic in our ward to get sober. The patient efforts of the case
managers and the tutor in this article are heroic. Seeing someone like the main
character succeed in getting on to a much better, happier life must be
tremendously rewarding. By the end of the article I end up admiring everyone of