The challenge, of course, is that particularly with these more potent drugs we have, with methamphetamine and the more potent opioids but also even with alcohol, the disruption in people's lives is such that it's difficult for them to hold jobs. They don't have the income. They go in and out of withdrawal. The positive reinforcement of getting high diminishes over time as they develop tolerance. What takes over is the negative reinforcement, which is to avoid withdrawal. Typically, when I see them, they're sick and tired of being sick and tired. They're just trying to get through a day, trying to feel normal, typically by going out, getting the money, getting the drugs, using, and then the cycle continues 365 days of the year. It's not surprising that it will reach a point where they're going to commit property crimes, where there are going to be break and enters, where this sort of activity increases.
Once people transition, typically through the outreach and engagement that we see with people who can work in harm reduction programs and in detox and treatment, with stabilization that crime goes down. Statistically it diminishes very rapidly, because they're not inherently criminal by nature. It's circumstance. If we can treat, we can keep them from going back, in and out of the correctional system, in and out of police contact, and hopefully to a place where they're not only not drawing on community resources but perhaps potentially contributing to them.