MAN GETS SENTENCED; SOCIETY DESERVES CONDEMNATION:
BBC reports “Homeless man granted prison wish … after pleading with a judge to send him back to prison.” According to the report, “Heroin addict Michael Simons… did not qualify for the methadone treatment programme … after being released [from prison] in November … [and] went on to steal a laptop and break into an empty house in Middlesbrough, the court was told. He said ‘thank you’ to the judge after admitting burglary and criminal damage and being jailed for 18 months.” One can only wonder what “qualifications” this 34 yo long-term heroin addict lacked. And while considering this man’s fate, think also of the estimated 2-3 million Russian opiate addicts who have no access to treatment whatsoever because their government “does not believe in methadone”, and the millions more in countries throughout the world where methadone and buprenorphine treatment either do not exist, or where services are woefully inadequate to meet the need.
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