Alex_Krycek Posted February 24 Share Posted February 24 (edited) If you live in a big city in North America these days, you probably encounter homeless drug addicts on a regular basis. Cities like Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Vancouver are dealing with escalating crimes waves due to policies that are soft on crime and drug addiction. Addicts shoot up in broad daylight, leave their needles on the sidewalk in public areas, treat public spaces as their own personal toilet, and assault citizens in brutal stranger attacks. Stranger attacks are becoming increasingly prevalent, jumping 39% in Vancouver, with a probability that 1 in 4 Vancouverites will be victimized by such attacks. So far the corrective approach has been sorely lacking - one of tolerance and non-intervention, to allow the homeless addiction issue to propagate and expand across the urban areas that it afflicts. I believe that some cities are fast reaching a breaking point, and will need to take more meaningful action with respect to this problem. The most effective solution I can see for this crisis, since it has gotten so out of hand, is to remove homeless drug addicts from cities and place them in rural, government supervised camps. These camps would be in rural areas where proper supervision and medical treatment could be administered to those with addiction issues. The camps would be made up of large portable dwellings with bunk beds, AC/heating units, with fully working toilets and sanitation facilities. On site medical and security personnel would supervise the day to day operations of the camps, with detox and recovery programs offered to help the addicts get clean. An addict would not be able to leave the camp until they get clean. My view is that drug addiction is a disease, and consequently widespread drug addiction is a public health emergency. Those with a contagious disease that threatens the health and wellbeing of society should be quarantined. There is already legal precedent for placing citizens in camps if there is a declared public health emergency. Covid quarantine camps are one example. I think there is a strong argument that the homeless addiction problem in major cities presents a public health emergency, regarding both the addicts and members of the public themselves. Is it really responsible and humane to let addicts kill themselves via drugs with no intervention or treatment? It is responsible or humane to the general public to let addicts leave diseased needles and human waste on public streets, or attack strangers in broad daylight? From a logistical and operational standpoint, government camps would be much cheaper than building bricks and mortar homeless shelters in downtown areas, which could be reserved for those who do not have addiction issues. The housing facilities in the camps would be cost effective to establish, and since they are on rural government land, the costs could be kept low. They would be scalable and portable; easy to establish, move, or expand. Homeless addicts would be transported in buses to the camps after a clearing operation of homeless affected areas is carried out by police. Ultimately the homeless addiction problem (which I believe is a disease) needs a concerted, government mandated solution, and shouldn't be allowed to escalate further, due to the threat to the health and safety of the public. Edited February 24 by Alex_Krycek -1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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