As the government reacts to the opioid crisis, we need to treat people as assets to be enhanced, not liabilities to be locked away.
2 million opioid addicts: If they gathered in a single place, they would outnumber the entire population of Nebraska.
Much of our approach to drug abuse has been a failure -- we have lots of non-violent offenders in prison, and with long sentences instead of treatment. That erodes the social fabric of their families and their communities and turns them into long-term liabilities of the state.
Your life belongs to no one but yourself -- but in our necessary relationships with the government, people need to be treated as productive assets to be gently and non-coercively enhanced whenever possible.