Out of the Mouths of Babes – Substance Abuse

My 12 year old kid: Mom, why do people go to jail for being addicted to drugs?

Me: Well, sweetie….. because the healthcare system is broken, and the justice system is also broken.

My Kid: Shouldn’t they go to counseling? If they weren’t selling drugs to kids or something?

Me: They should. Probably inpatient rehab.

My Kid: Why don’t they?

Me: Because inpatient rehab is expensive

My Kid: Wouldn’t it be cheaper to send them to rehab for six months instead of sending them to prison forever?

Me: Yes, baby. It would. In money and lives.

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