“Sometimes having an overdose, being in an emergency room, having that contact with a health care professional is enough to make a person snap into the reality of the situation and snap into having someone give them services."Ok, here's the thing. Heroin is A Bad Thing because it kills people. If we could do something that helps people not die, that would be A Good Thing.
It seriously seems that some people would condone - no, enforce - higher death rates if only to keep people away from heroin. And certainly, heroin use is one of those things I don't want to encourage. Heroin use deeply hurts not only the people who use, but also their family, their friends, their work associates, their pets... it's generally a nasty scene. Deterring this would be good. But NOT when it costs people their lives. Anyone who's lost a loved one to heroin use would tell you that they would rather have their loved one alive, even if that loved one were using heroin.
Threats of physical punishment are NOT the way to convince an adult human being to do something. We should all know this by now. Right?
Each human being is worthy of life. Even people who break the law. Even drug users. Anyone who thinks otherwise is a monster.