For why drug addiction should be framed as a health issue, not a criminal one.
Cost of controversial new treatment for long term heroin addicts in the UK, that seems to be achieving results not only in reduction of crime (66%) but in changing addicts’ attitude towards their addiction? $22,000 per year US (that’s $29, 089 NZ).
Average cost of imprisonment in New Zealand? $90,977 per year.
These heroin studies are being undertaken in other countries, with similar results.
Compare and contrast.