posted on Mar, 22 2018 @ 02:26 PM
a reply to: CornishCeltGuy
I live in a beautiful part of Texas and the drug problem here is rampant. There doesn't seem to be any answer to the problem. Your story reminded me
of a story I saw, I believe, on the US News show, 60 Minutes with Morley Safer. The story covered a family in Tennessee, where the entire family,
Man, Women and two teen age kids, girl and boy, lived in a Mobile home which they had converted into a Meth Lab. Meth production and of course
consumption was their way of life and liveliehood for several years. Meth production produces much foul odor, so to keep the odors inside the Mobile
home, they lined the whole thing in thick black plastic. One day, the mobile home caught fire and it went up in a flash. They were trapped inside
with the black plastic falling all over them, melting onto their bodies as they tried to escape. They did manage to survive but their burns
treatments cost the local County hospital millions of dollars. After a year or so, they were all released. 6 months later, a case worker checked on
them and found they'd gotten a new mobile home and had returned to manufacturing Meth.
All that said, I'm a bit skeptical of the "treatment/rehab" option. It works for a few but I doubt it works for more than 50%.
Probably the way to make the best use of taxpayers money is to:
1) legalize the drugs, let the State do the selling and reap a profit therefrom, and/or allow private sales but collect a sales tax.
2) provide free drugs to the badly addicted such that they don't have to engage in crime to get their "fix".
3) Do something to address the homeless problem; I would have to guess that the badly addicted end up homeless on the streets. That needs be
addressed and I'd suggest large scale sequestration from general commerce and warehousing the homeless in humane conditions. The badly addicted won't
last very long so it should be a manageable solution.
With all that in mind, both Prison and Hospital are obviously the biggest waste of taxpayers money.