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I thought it clear point well made in the text that when prescriptions were given, people could continue with normal lives. Sans such support they had other major medical problems (I knew a heroin addict that got hep from needle sharing).

If they didn't need to rob for their habit then the large 'support staff' of police is reduced.

You seem to have ignored the facts in the article. That, or there's more about your position that is not obvious, perhaps you know or have worked with some addicts and have additional experience I haven't?

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