We Need Mental Health & Substance Abu...

We Need Mental Health & Substance Abuse Programs!

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#1 Apr 6, 2013
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This 24 yr old 'kid' has been in and out of incarceration (mostly in) over the past 14 years. Yes, I said 14 years - He was originally locked up in St. Mary's as a troubled child of 10 years! The majority of his problems stem from drug and alcohol abuse - He should definitely be in an in-patient drug program. But he has no income, no health insurance, no home, no hope. I am dumbfounded by the lack of proper judicial response, despite repeated contact with law enforcement, multiple arrests and convictions; he is never mandated to get into a treatment program. I don't know what has to happen in our society that would cause a judge to have Brandon placed into a rehab facility. I've known him since he was a small boy and I know his problems extend well beyond anything that could be handled by friends and family. Just putting him back on the street only puts him (and society) at risk. Now that he has been attacked, will he arm himself? When he does, will his heroin habit push him to use the weapon in a robbery? Will we stop wasting money in jails when the funds would be better spent on mental health & substance abuse?

“Cat got your tongue?”

Since: Mar 07

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#2 Apr 6, 2013
Terri Winkle wrote:
http://www.oregonlive.com/port land/index.ssf/2013/04/man_fou nd_stabbed_near_i-205_i.html
This 24 yr old 'kid' has been in and out of incarceration (mostly in) over the past 14 years. Yes, I said 14 years - He was originally locked up in St. Mary's as a troubled child of 10 years! The majority of his problems stem from drug and alcohol abuse - He should definitely be in an in-patient drug program. But he has no income, no health insurance, no home, no hope. I am dumbfounded by the lack of proper judicial response, despite repeated contact with law enforcement, multiple arrests and convictions; he is never mandated to get into a treatment program. I don't know what has to happen in our society that would cause a judge to have Brandon placed into a rehab facility. I've known him since he was a small boy and I know his problems extend well beyond anything that could be handled by friends and family. Just putting him back on the street only puts him (and society) at risk. Now that he has been attacked, will he arm himself? When he does, will his heroin habit push him to use the weapon in a robbery? Will we stop wasting money in jails when the funds would be better spent on mental health & substance abuse?
In addition to fining banks that launder Mexican drug cartels money, they should also be required to set up free detoxes and rehabs all over the country to deal with the aftermath of their "business".

How a big US bank laundered billions from Mexico's murderous drug gangs

As the violence spread, billions of dollars of cartel cash began to seep into the global financial system. But a special investigation by the Observer reveals how the increasingly frantic warnings of one London whistleblower were ignored
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/03/u...

FBI: Drug Cartels Use Bank of America to Launder Money

http://www.policymic.com/articles/10959/bank-...

Tom Waits - "God's Away On Business"

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