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@4: I double fuckin' dutch dare you to volunteer at a syringe exchange program (assuming one would let you with that attitude) for a few months and come back here and say that. Every stereotype I had about "addicts" was demolished after just a few shifts. To quote Ron Jackson (the former head of Evergreen Treatment Services): "if you've met one heroin addict...you've met one heroin addict".
If it weren't for the kindness of the addicts and outreach workers at my exchange, I wouldnt have cared enough about myself to finally decide to get sober... I wouldnt have believed I had any worth. So yes, NEPs might be enabling addiction, but they also enable community building, self esteem, and unconditional love. Without that kind of care most drug users wont even bother thinking that getting better is even an option. Tough love is not how to solve this issue, but compassionate care IS.
I live in CD, and see people around here struggling every day.
Less jails, more outreach....and treatment, when they're ready.