I'm not sure that this is the answer, but as much as I was initially turned off
by it, I think that as a society we need to think more outside the box when it
comes to addressing social issues. Maybe this is a step in the right direction.
Drug abuse, with all its medical, legal, economic, and social repercussions, is
a huge and constant drain us. Just saying "stop" just doesn't work in
most cases. It would be nice if it did, and those who have never been entangled
in addictions have a hard time understanding, but like some of these folks are
saying, while we are waiting and hoping for better behaviors, we need to take
measures that will protect the interests of society and the individuals.
I totally support this. The way to empower people is to accept where they are
and show them better and let them decide. A person struggling with addiction
should be accepted by themselves and others, given what they need and allowed to
work on the addiction. As long as the person is being given the opportunity to
overcome the addiction I see no problem with allowing them a safe place to
experience whatever they need to experience. It is much safer for everyone
involved if this is done.