First of all, that is not what I am saying we should do. I think we should require treatment for abusers, and offer comprehensive and widely available harm reduction services. I think that help should be easily available.<quoted text>
I agree...but I assure you, patting them on the back and saying, "no consequence for you...we get it..it's your vice and it's your moral right to abuse drugs" is not the answer.
yeah...I'm pretty sure when you said, "my false dichotomy isn't false"...you outrightly called me ignorant and stupid....I guess you done it gently and kind though Huh? LOL...
Correct..they are costs to society, but No...they aren't offset by rehab when over half the time the abuser relapses...That's what I call a wasted cost to society. Again...and this has been my argument from the beginning...DRUG ABUSE is not a disease...it's a poor choice. Why should my tax dollars pay for the POOR CHOICES of others while the elderly, many of whom have contributed to society, have to choose to either pay their electric bill or buy their medicine? I prefer my tax dollars go to the elderly...not a drug abuser.
I said perhaps it wasn't false, because you had such a hard time understanding it in the first place; additionally, you always whine about people insulting you but have no issue with doling out insults of your own.
Yes, the costs are offset by rehab - read my post, and read the link your originally posted for me a while ago. You conveniently left out the part about rehab offering a 3 dollar reduction for every dollar spent.
You call rehab a waste when it offers a chance at rehabilitation, is cheaper, and more effective, but you have no issues with a drug war that has done *nothing* over 30 years and after billions of dollars wasted?
Your opposition to treatment is a purely emotional one. You want to see them punished. Your ignorant claim that drug abuse is not a disease reveals this fact. I thought you were in medicine? Shouldn't you be up to date on how the mind of an addict works and how the mind of a future abuser differs from the mind of a recreational user?(reward pathways, neurotransmitter deficiencies/imbalances, etc).