At 42, former FDNY firefighter David Gonzalez is, tragically, already within the grips of dependancy. However New York Metropolis’s liberal insurance policies are pushing him towards the grave.
On Thursday, The Publish profiled Gonzalez, who spends half his day taking pictures up heroin. He spends the opposite half shoplifting sufficient stuff to promote and feed his 10-baggie-a-day dependancy. Then he beds down at a taxpayer-funded shelter that would care much less what he does, day or evening.
Each day, David is dancing together with his technology’s deadliest satan. In the identical 12-month interval in 2020-21 that COVID-19 killed 53,000 People ages 18-45, medication killed almost 79,000.
Did I say medication? I meant drug, singular. One narcotic outpaced the demise toll amongst younger and fairly younger adults by virtually 50%. Its title is fentanyl, and it’s driving the most recent wave of America’s protracted opioid epidemic.
The main reason for demise for People in David Gonzalez’s age vary, fentanyl is an artificial opioid some 50 to 100 occasions stronger than road heroin. It’s cheaply made and overpoweringly potent, a killer combo that has led to its speedy poisoning of North America’s illicit narcotics stream.
Whereas the nation struggled with COVID, fentanyl proliferated — particularly within the heroin stream. At present, it’s the scorching dose ready for each heroin addict who chooses substance abuse over sobriety for only one extra day.
It’s the demise stalking David Gonzalez. And much from doing something to stop this, New York Metropolis appears to be actively encouraging it.
As a substitute of steering David towards rehab, New York Metropolis steers him towards Secure Haven, a type of transitional housing run by the town that permits him to test in each three days as a substitute of every day, like a conventional homeless shelter. Indicative of our progressive paradise, Secure Haven doesn’t pressure anybody to remain off medication, and even cease shoplifting, as a stipulation for offering shelter. How forward-thinking!
David shoots up in public view close to Occasions Sq., however since criminalizing substance abuse and even shoplifting appear to be nonstarters in a rising variety of Democrat-controlled cities, he’s left to terrorize retailer staff, rob bandwidth from already-inundated paramedics and, most significantly, inject away till he finds that closing, fentanyl-spiked dose.
As an addict, I do know full effectively the stark distinction between shaming an addict and enabling him. David Gonzalez shouldn’t be ashamed to be affected by dependancy. However for his personal sake, nor ought to he be enabled to proceed alongside this perilous path indefinitely.
In coddling addicts to the acute, progressives in cost are complicated an affordable “wait till he’s prepared” mindset with a warped “let’s assist him use (and steal) indefinitely.” The previous is aiding David’s must take possession of his life; the latter is abetting his unwillingness to take action. The previous supplies company; the latter tasks an agenda that dangers tolerating addicts to demise.
We have to do higher than this. Secure Haven shouldn’t imply Secure House. David ought to be free from bodily hazard there, sure, however not free to steal and shoot up with no penalties. Within the age of fentanyl, eschewing penalties now solely will increase the chance of the final word consequence: demise by overdose.
New York Metropolis’s “progressive” angle towards dependancy doesn’t simply do shopkeepers and first responders and taxpayers a disservice. They do addicts a disservice, as effectively.
In a metropolis the place addicts’ emotions are way more necessary than their fates, the following factor you’ll seemingly examine David Gonzalez is his obituary. That’s not progressive. That’s an outrage.
Christopher Dale is the writer of the forthcoming ebook “Higher Halves,” which explores marriage in dependancy and restoration.
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