We aren’t properly serving people by standing by idly while people are destroying their lives consuming illicit drugs. Inaction means addicts will move into deeper addiction while they are exposed to dangerous diseases because of squalid living conditions.
We must hold King County accountable for providing on-demand residential treatment programs. The nurses’ dormitory, owned by the county, across from Harborview had been vacant until it was recently put into service as a shelter. It would be a great option for a residential treatment center.
Another option is to purchase a used cruise ship. It would provide instant beds, restrooms, kitchen facility, meeting rooms, private offices, etc. - everything needed for the operation of a treatment center.
We just need the political will to make positive change happen. If one of our family members was an addict, living on the streets, we would want the best for them. We’d want them to live in a safe environment and receive treatment for recovery. We need to treat the people living on our streets as though they were our family members and stop our City’s policy of not properly addressing their dire needs.