Cities, towns need villages
Dear editor: Every town and city should have a village. This village should be a new concept in future design and forward thinking.
I am referring to the undeniable facts that show all and every effort to deal with B.C.’s drug addiction and its devastating effects are not working. This sad and worsening issue has to stop being bandied around by governments who pretend to care. From municipal to provincial to federal governments ...they need to get on the same page.
A village would be a new or present facility where an addict would be housed and cared for. The villagers would enter the village and work their way through the system, using their time and extreme effort along with all the best medical help to the exit door. But, the journey would not be a shoe in. It would take an enormous effect to reach the door back to freedom. It would take encouragement from the family and friends, and eventually they would need a positive medical assessment that shows they are ready and able to rejoin society.
The cost to society would be enormous, but compared to the failing and worsening system that we have now, it would be worth it.
We need to set an example and stop doing what isn’t working. We need to be forward thinkers here in this province.
An addict is not a homeless person, an addict is not a mentally challenged person. An addict is someone who has a bastard of a sidekick that won’t be denied, And, it comes in many disguises, powders, potions, pills and other forms.
But, unfortunately a homeless person and/or a mentally-challenged person will through our misguided system, fall prey to this devil and quite possibly become an addict too.
We have too many rich and comfortable people who are immune from the crippling lifestyles that the lower echelons of society have to endure. We need villages — not leper colonies. We need to act.
Ask any parent who has lost a kid or a loved one to this present system. Would they rather have their child in a local village where they can visit and encourage them them, or on skid row wondering if they will make it through another night? Don Smithyman