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‘There’s was a druggie in MacDonalds
who had thrown up over himself.
He was totally out of it. Really disgusting.
Police should have come and locked him up.’
This was the greeting from Andy who had arrived
early, to finish off a plastering job in my kitchen.
He could see from my lack of response
that I didn’t necessarily agree.
‘What if we created an environment
where we could help people to recover?
Punishment only makes us feel better.
It doesn’t necessarily change the behaviour
or help people to build a different future.
I think that we, as a society need to create
a different way forward.’ I suggested.
‘Like what, give me an alternative.’ said Andy.
‘Look after the person. Take away the drugs.
Find out what they are good at. Help them
to find meaningful work and to see a
different way forward. Enable them
to help others. The cost / benefit analysis in
financial terms is better than building and
staffing more prisons.’ Andy laughed
‘Makes sense, we need more plasterers.’
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT QUESTIONS
1. How do you think we should address the drugs problem?
2. How do you personally respond when you meet someone who is struggling?
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