There’s no way to get around it. When it comes to drugs (sales, illegal sales, narcotics, possession, etc), crimes occur. For this very reason, in areas where there is a high level of illegal sales, consumption, and drug use, crime rates tend to go up. With the inclusion of California drug rehab programs in certain major metropolitan areas however, crime rates seem to go down. This is a trend in CA, as well as around the country.
With California drug rehab programs in place, taking consumers (buyers), is a simple solution to ending the major epidemic of illegal street sales. It is also a way to help get dangerous, malignant individuals off the streets. By minimizing the sale and consumption of drugs on the streets, it is obvious that crime rates are going to go down. So there is a link between crime rates and rehab programs and facilities, both for the positive and negative. With more rehab programs in place, and more patients entering such programs, the sale/consumption rates decrease. This is naturally going to reduce some of the dangerous crimes which are taking place in certain cities and areas of the state.
New legislation such as the painkiller tax, is one such way in which the state can help increase viable California drug rehab programs for those who need it most, and can’t afford it. By simply taxing suppliers, wholesalers, and manufacturers, a small tax will help fund more rehab programs and facilities. In turn, those who can’t afford rehab, or aren’t in rehab facilities, will have more opportunities to enter a program, get clean, and will be able to afford such rehab treatment they are going to receive. Of course this not only means fewer illegal sales are going to occur, it also means there are going to be fewer cases of deadly crimes, and fewer crimes related to the sale and consumption of illegal street drugs.
The answer to this question is, unfortunately not. No matter how many bills, acts, taxes, or penalties are enforced, it is impossible to completely eliminate crimes which occur in any city. Especially in major metropolitan areas where these crimes seem to run rampant. With this in mind, we do see that there are trends, studies, and research which proves that by eliminating a portion of the illegal sale and consumption, and illegal trafficking of drugs, crime rates are naturally going to reduce in these areas. So the crime will not completely go away, but with more rehab programs and facilities in place, with more funding available to assist those who can’t afford it, and with more opportunities to help get people off the streets, crime rates will naturally begin to dissipate in certain areas.
Knowing that there are people coming in and out of rehab, is a simple way for drug dealers to try and target young people, or those who’ve been addicts for years. Although rehab programs are in place to assist, the simple fact of the matter is that they won’t reach every single patient that walks in the doors. With a huge market, drug dealers and those who engage in illegal sale and consumption of drugs, will flock to areas where rehab programs and facilities are in place, trying to help users get clean.
There’s no way around the fact that drugs, illegal sale and consumption, and use, are going to be linked to higher crime rates. However, with taxes, legislation, and funding in place to help addicts get clean, it is possible to at least minimize the crime rates, and possibly reduce the total number of deadly crimes which occur in these areas.