I'm much more FOR the Dutch(holland) or the Scandinavian model for treatment of the addicts...
The government supports the severely addicted individuals by providing them w. free Heroin ,and clean facilities & instruments ,and by following this rather unconventional model ,they have managed to terminate 3 major problems surrounding the Hard drug-enviornments:
Theft,robberies,blackmail,smuggling,etc...have dropped drastically down by 80% ,because these addicts no longer need to steal to provide their stuff...they're getting them FREE from the governement!
The clean & hygienic environment ,plus the instruments have again effeciently brought down the risks & the possibilities of contaminating one another ,by using eachother's surrenges....the actual percentage; 90% !!!!!!
The dealers & drug war-lords ,have had to "close the shop" & move away,b/c nobody is so stupid to come to them any longer!!!
Last but not least ,and a VERY IMPORTANT factor of this rather contraversial addiction treatment:
The human dignity of all the many shattered lives!!!
They would NO LONGER feel the pressures or all the other negative & degrading treatments by the general public ,b/c they will be able to keep a so-so standard of living for themselves ,no longer being destroyed by so many "good-intentional" people ,and so on...
By doing this , they are also given their FREE-WILL ,which will in many cases give them the chance to finally & for good, drop their own habbits once they slowly wake up to see the grim realities of addiction,and finally be able to break the pattern & the habbit by their own determination , and NOT BY "Good intentions" from the society or people !!!
I lost an elder brother to addiction ,and eventhough i hold him responsible for most of the part of the blame for ruining his own life , i still strongly believe that he still could have had a chance if the society(iran) wasn't so d*mn indifferent & degrading in its treatments of these unfortunate fates !!!
Iran generally needs a very RADICAL change in its attitude towards human values & dignities ,because as of now the definition of the word "pride" is still an alien terminology for everyone in iran....and even outside of iran !!!
We have 3 or 4 types of ppl categorized in different levels of negatively-charged "pride"...
I can talk about them another time , if anyone is AT ALL interested ???
I hardly doubt it though...
Ignorance & Indifference lives safe & sound among all of us iranians ,and nobody can find the right cure for the waking up of the society in a PEACEFUL fashion !!!
According to our history & traditions ,when a reform of any type comes inside the system ,it usually comes w. violence ,lies,blood, and chaos !!!
I'll stop here ,b/c i can just go ENDLESSLY deeper & deeper into the core of the many problems in the iranian society,without ever coming to any final finishing point!!!*LOL*
[This message has been edited by Fardaa (edited September 24, 2001).]