Actually, arresting them does work for some.
So tell us, how are these people supposed to be able to go into a pharmacy and "buy" these pills themselves when they still don't have money? Or was that your feeble attempt at being "clever?"
I don't know why you want to make fun of me, the phrase "Or was that your feeble attempt at being "clever?"" In this example. But I'm an adult, your an adult, lets act like adults? I think we can discuss what we agree and disagree on while being respectful to each other. It just makes me sad we can't have a conversation about our community with out people being rude. It makes me think we'll never all just get along and work on improving our adjoining lots in life.
I would suggest they'd buy them from money they make at there jobs. Seeing as how they are not criminalized for using drugs, or arrested and have charges on there record keeping them from having a job.
Take for example what Sweden does for opiate (heroin, Oxycontin, ect). They have clinics the addicts go to where they are given there drug, some counseling, and sent about there day. This lowers the public cost of there addiction by preventing the public from having to pay to incarcerate the person, while having a higher rate of getting people off drugs, and with the chance of drug addicts being able get a job and pay taxes them selves.
While you are right that arrest does stop some people from returning to jail that's only 25% of those arrested. 75% of people arrested return to prison. Source http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm...
this DOJ study, some what old but the best I could find on there website.(Newer statistics from less offical sources put the number higher.)
I tend to think of things as investments. An expensive bet, that only returns a profit 25% of the time you make it is not good business sense. If it rearrest rate was 49% I would agree that arrest is a good fiscal option for our country, since we'd be rehabbing more people then not. As it stands we are just sinking money.
What do you think?