What do you think kills more people, drugs or heart disease? According to your logic, we should be arresting sugar pushers en masse until they leave our towns.
I can't believe we still have people who don't understand that the war on drugs was a failure, who don't accept that the medical community has found scientifically proven better methods with harm reduction, and who still cry for greater criminalization.
As has been said many times before in the past 10,000, yes 10,000 posts on this thread, that many of the people we rant and rave about are part of the homeless community because they have a mental illness.
You can help those people with medications, but they have to want to be helped. This is a catch 22 of course because part of having a mental illness is believing that you are okay, and doing just fine, and that God "talks to me and will take care of me". Those people can live that way for years until they try to harm themselves, at which point they end up being talked off the side of the bridge or the roof of the parkade and taken to hospital. Once they are in that situation they can be introduced to medications that will help them, instead of the street drugs that will harm them. There are many success stories in this process, and many failures by people who have already cooked their brains to the point of no return. Many of these people are permanently homeless or deceased. The success story folks often end up giving back to the community by working at shelters, food banks and other outreach programs. The rest of us that don't fit into any of these categories can sit down and chime in with their logic for a solution that is not the logic of the people they are complaining about.
Needless to say many of us have family or friends who have experienced the tragedy of the waste of a life that mental illness brings.
A little more compassion will go a long way, and just remember...it could be your friend or loved one that you are talking about next.