“I did everything but kill and prostitute. Drugs was my main priority, I had a child at an early age. She wasn’t important to me either. All I wanted to do was use drugs.”
Henderson along with drug treatment specialists lobbied lawmakers and the Governor to save the funding. Roughly half the money goes for methadone treatment—a synthetic alternative used to help heroin addicts get off the street drug. Barry McCaffrey is the former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He says dropping money for methadone treatment for tens of thousands of former heroin addicts will mean far greater costs, largely due to increased crime.
“The number we put on it, and I think it’s an objective number is a 700-million dollar crisis for California, never mind the the street crime, the prostitution, the AIDS transmission that’ll result…”