And A Letter I Sent In Reponse To An S-R Story About A Drug Crackdown

OF COURSE THEY’RE HAPPY WITH A DRUG CRACKDOWN, IT KEEPS THEM EMPLOYED.

The hard drug trade is obviously disruptive to the community, has increased crime in some respects, and has caused much pain to many families and has made some streets unbearable. But is there really a benefit happening when we look at the long term outcomes of the present system of enforcement?
The major underlying issue of this “increase” in arrest rates of “addicts”(please see the description of “addicts” below at the end) is our fractured society/poverty/lack of education and a severe lack of oversight of doctors through their own college that write untold prescriptions for millions of little poison pills that are stolen from medicine cabinets or sold to people on the black market by the actual prescription holders themselves who are poor and want money.(Solve poverty, you may solve some, but not all problems, but a good chunk of them.)
A real strategy would involve treatment, not jail. Jailing addicts only increases the problem.(And costs us a ton of cash)
Treating people through community programming, community involvement and mental health initiatives would eradicate most of the low level abuse situations. It takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to help an addict.
Working to help people instead of working only to enforce a drug law(which is a morals based law, not anything really criminal in aspect) would be a start. Wouldn’t be interesting to see the police asking people if everything is okay, or do you need a hand, can we take you to the Inn out of the Cold, can we take you to Operation Sharing or the hospital instead of you’re under arrest? Wouldn’t that go a long way to helping people instead of the prospect of locking people up into a system fraught with internal violence and crime?(Just read the public security ministers’ own reports into the conditions inside of prisons…if you can believe any of it.)
Afterall, everyone, addicts included,are still a part of our society whether we like it or not. We need to treat them as such. Friends, neighbours, brothers,sisters and parents alike are all falling one by one into addiction. Remember that the next time you think the “arrest them all drug strategy” is working. It seems we’ve(yes we, we all pay for this type of thing) been arresting people for years with little to no effect on the hard drug trade at all when you like at the sharp increase in arrests on a year to year basis,113 in 2006, 132 in 2007, 191 in 2008. Does this show any reduction in crime, or does this just mean we’ve arrested the same addicts over and over again?
I’m not so sure this is working anymore.
Now for my description of “addict”.
A loved one.Mom.Dad.Brother.Sister.Son.Daughter.Niece.Nephew.Ambulance Drivers. Firemen.Police.Doctors. Lawyers.Judges.Presidents.Prime Ministers.Premiers.Bus Drivers.Sewer Workers.Cross Walk Safety Man.Integrity Gurus.Mayors.Councillors.UN Secretary Generals.A Pope or Two.Imam.RPN.CEO.CAO.
Think of all the people you know, and think of them as criminals according to the police.Then think about the supposed working strategy.

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8 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Posted March 13, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    “Solve poverty, you may solve some, but not all problems, but a good chunk of them.”

    Stop using poverty as an excuse for criminal behaviour. You’re not helping anyone by perpetuating that lie and you are insulting the majority of low income people in this Country who somehow manage to lead productive lives without resorting to crime.

    Poverty does not lead to crime. Society’s willingness to make excuses for criminal behaviour because the criminal cries poverty leads to crime.

    The only people who can solve poverty are the poor. You know that from personal experience.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted March 13, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Wow, you are ignorant!

  3. Anonymous
    Posted March 13, 2009 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Wow, you are incapable of posing a coherent response!

  4. Anonymous
    Posted March 13, 2009 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    The reason there are so many poor people in prison is because the rich criminals are the ones that are smart enough not to get caught. šŸ™‚

  5. Anonymous
    Posted March 13, 2009 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    The rich ones are smart enough to put the poor people in prison in order to make themselves richer.Wealth transfer at its’ very best.

  6. Anonymous
    Posted March 13, 2009 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    Please explain how putting poor people in prison makes rich people richer. And while you’re at it explain how wealth can be transferred from people who have no wealth.

  7. jim bender
    Posted March 14, 2009 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Wow, what a lame thing to think. Does someone have a financial secret they aren’t telling us about?

  8. Anonymous
    Posted March 14, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    “Does someone have a financial secret they aren’t telling us about?”

    It’s a stroke of pure genius. Put people who have no money in jail so you can steal their money. That’s solid eat-the rich-leftard thinking for you. Dem folks got rich by stealing money from doze po’ folks.


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