Alternatives Programs for Drug Users Will Save Nation Money in Long Run

By Weathersbee, Tonyaa | The Florida Times Union, February 15, 1999 | Go to article overview

Alternatives Programs for Drug Users Will Save Nation Money in Long Run


Weathersbee, Tonyaa, The Florida Times Union


Here in Florida, straight from the pits of the penitentiaries, comes a reminder of the downside of policies that make people, rather than problems, disappear.

Since 1995, the number of inmates with AIDS have increased by 13 percent. But more epidemic than the disease is the expense of treatment. Since 1995, that cost has nearly tripled.

This has happened because these days, treatment is an AIDS drug cocktail that costs about $9,600 a year. Not exactly the price of a Shirley Temple or a Tom Collins. Federal law, as well as basic tenants of humanity and civility, require these prisoners be treated.

Commonsense also compels it. All it takes is one blood-rending bite, or one deftly lobbed phlegm globule from an infected inmate to take out a guard. Or a nurse. Or any of the people being paid to keep them away from the rest of us.

Either way, the money must be spent. No way around it.

Too bad it's such a waste.

I'm not saying it's a waste to buy sick inmates some extra time. The offender may live long enough to suffer the same pain they wreaked on their victims. My hope, however, would be that they might live long enough to see why and how their life went awry, and how they might make good with the time they have left. I'm with Anne Frank on this one. I still believe that part of the steps toward eliminating society's ills must start with the belief that people are good at heart, and that they can change.

Where the waste comes from, for me, is the fact that such an expense could be minimized through more aggressive commitments to stop AIDS from spreading via drug abuse. The expense could also be minimized through alternatives to prison for people who committed crimes because they didn't have access to the rehabilitation they needed to help cure their addiction.

Gene Morris, a corrections department spokesman, had no breakdowns on how much of the AIDS epidemic in prison stems from unprotected sex, (incidentally, condoms aren't provided in prison) or from drug abuse. Many times, it's both.

But he did offer this scenario: More than 66,000 men and women are incarcerated in this state. For every 100,000 citizens, 440 people are incarcerated. A decade ago, that number was 301.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Alternatives Programs for Drug Users Will Save Nation Money in Long Run
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.