Those addicted to illicit narcotics have to come to the same place. They have to decide that something - life itself, or a partner, or a job, or whatever - is better, and more important to them, than their addiction. Persuasion, courses, propaganda . . . none of them will work without that elementary, life-changing decision on the part of the addict. I fear that with the advent of carfentanil, many of them won't have time to make it before the consequences of their addiction catch up with them . . . but it's their choice, no-one else's. Those knocking themselves out to save them from the consequences of their choice need to bear that in mind. Death is just as much a correction to the problem of addiction as is deciding to stop.
Throwing money at an addict who doesn't want to change is wasting that money. A person has to want to quit, and if they don't, then they're not going to. Like Grant, I'm a former cigarette smoker. I've also worked in a hospital that had an addiction recovery unit. The rate of success for that unit was less than 10%, and most of the people in there were court ordered. Which means that the moment they got out, they went right back to using.
Sometimes, the kind thing to do is just put them in a room with the drugs of their choice and let them go. Think of the millions of dollars that could go to helping people who actually needed it: car accident victims, cancer patients, trauma victims, rather than pissing those dollars away on the crackhead who continues to use Emergency Rooms as their own private hospital and pharmacy.
You can call me cruel if you want. You can say that I don't care about people. But I do care about people. I care about the people who get less care and help than they need, because the medical care was used on a person who has no interest in getting healthy. They just want to be able to get the next high.