REDUCING CRIME IN WILKES-BARRE
WAR ON DRUG DEMAND (users) vs.WAR ON DRUG SUPPLY (dealers)
A DISEASE MODEL instead of a LEGAL MODEL
The murder and crime rate in Wilkes-Barre is almost solely due to drugs and addictive substances. Ask any corrections officers and they will tell you that at least 80 per cent of the residents are there because of drugs or alcohol. Solve the drug problem and you solve the crime problem. Period.
INSANITY FOR 50 YEARS “The war on drugs” has been “A WAR ON SUPPLY”
We treat disease as a crime and the results have been horrendous.
WARFARE AGAINST DEMAND ~ Drug test again and again.
If you drug test on average every 30 days – you are never
more than 30 days from the problem. This means EARLY
INTERVENTION! We have officials in WB who have never been
tested and they have had to live with their addiction for years. The
pain and suffering and corruption that they have spread is
~ Medical clinics set up to treat active addicts
~ Using disease model, patients given pharmaceutical equivalent of
their drug. Many of these are already being used.
~ If users are treated well enough so that they don’t go back to
the streets… then we have effectively ended the drug trade and
the crime that goes with it.
Yes… but won’t they still be “on drugs?”
A) Yes… but they would have been anyway. The clinic setting takes away the crime element. The clinic is safer.
B) While at the clinic… they will be getting daily reminders of treatment choices. All users truly want to stop.
C) The neighborhood would actually be much safer as the crime that goes with the drug trade would be gone.
è The most important outcome? Drug dealers, and all the horrible things about them, would go away. USERS WOULD NOT NEED THEM ANYMORE.
Think about that!
SUMMARY “WAR ON SUPPLY” “WAR ON DEMAND”
Crime rate Remains as is Drops at least 75 %
Murder rate Remains as is Drops at least 75 %
Dealers Makes $ 1million/yr Makes nothing
Treatment Remains as is Treatment available
Health issues Remains as is Issues can be
flagged at clinic