This extract from the book ‘Management of the Addicted Patient in Primary Care’ Pomm & Pomm, published by Springer in 2007, shows that concerns by the Met about healthcare published in a BBC story today are just the tip of an iceberg for the criminal justice system.
“Custody healthcare a ‘major problem’
28 January 2014 09:46” (BBC News)
As an addiction counsellor who has served in a prison rehab it became clear to me that in the region of 70% of inmates in prison in the UK and the US were there through crimes relating to drugs and alcohol.
UK society reflects the US and
“What funds terrorism, spawns crime, drives up health care costs, breaks up families, spreads AIDS, promotes unwanted teen pregnancy, and frustrates so many efforts to eliminate poverty?
What attribute do most victims of cancer, heart disease, emphysema, crippling bronchitis, accidents and violence share?
What’s the culprit in most assaults and homicides, incest, domestic violence, college date rape and campus racial incidents?
Substance abuse and addiction.
On any given day, 100 million Americans are taking some stimulant, antidepressant, tranquilliser or painkiller; smoking; inhaling from aerosol cans or glue bottles; or self medicating with alcohol or illegal substances like marijuana, cocaine, heroine, methamphetamines, hallucinogens, Ecstasy and other designer drugs.” pp 1 (High Society by Joseph A. Califano, Jr. 2007)
Many people end up in police custody where crimes were committed when the perpetrators have had no effective access to will power owing to their illness of addiction as is shown by Pomm & Pomm.
The law is prosecuted most effectively upon a premise that people are tried as if they have had access to will power and choice within their potential criminality.
Many people in prison may have been willfully misdiagnosed and therefore mistreated.
Many people who could be prosecuted and escape from justice because of a “too big to prosecute” Establishment fear, exhibit just how deep are the levels of stuck-addiction© that are infecting our culture.