Vancouver has a huge problem with heroin addicts committing crimes to support their habits. The “free heroin for addicts” program is doing everything they can in stopping the addicts. The problem with this program is that it won’t help to ween these addicts off using heroin, it will only trying to save the city from rising crime rates that they’re up to. The programs main focus is the high crime rates caused by heroin users. Addicts have a hard time getting through their day to day activities such as jobs and social interactions, and relationships are hard to maintain because they are using. Due to their addiction, users will do whatever they have to do to get their hands on the drug. Commonly committed crimes include breaking and entering and stealing. By providing the drug in a safe way, these addicts will be off the streets, which in turn will prevent them from committing minor street crimes. This program gives people free heroin in the cleanest way possible, and in turn will fix the city crime rate but not the addiction that these people face.
Vancouver’s “free heroin for addicts” program may stop addicts from robbing, burglarizing, mugging, and prostituting themselves to support their habits, but it won’t ween them from heroin. The program’s focus is to reorient addicts from crime, disease, and ill-health to jobs and healthy social relationships. By providing the drug in a safe way, the program gets addicts off the streets, which in turn will reduce the crime rate. This program gives people free heroin in the cleanest way possible, avoiding contamination, overdose, emergency room visits, death, and will free up parking spaces, but will not eliminate addiction.