I don't presume to know how close you've ever been to full-on drug addiction,
but in my own admittedly small sampling,
many an addict's confinement is the only time in their adult lives they're not using. A great friend passed last year at the ripe old age of 48, but his life was probably extended a decade by frequent periods of abstinence as a guest of the County and State.
At a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars to the taxpayer. So tell me: Is that a better deal than rehabilitation which would not only cost less, but allow him to stay in the work force contributing to the tax base instead of drawing from it?