At 42, former FDNY firefighter David Gonzalez is, tragically, already within the grips of habit. However New York Metropolis’s liberal insurance policies are pushing him towards the grave.
On Thursday, The Post profiled Gonzalez, who spends half his day taking pictures up heroin. He spends the opposite half shoplifting sufficient stuff to promote and feed his 10-baggie-a-day habit. Then he beds down at a taxpayer-funded shelter that would care much less what he does, day or evening.
Every day, David is dancing along with his era’s deadliest satan. In the identical 12-month interval in 2020-21 that COVID-19 killed 53,000 Individuals ages 18-45, drugs killed almost 79,000.
Did I say medicine? I meant drug, singular. One narcotic outpaced the dying toll amongst younger and fairly younger adults by nearly 50%. Its identify is fentanyl, and it’s driving the most recent wave of America’s protracted opioid epidemic.
The main reason for dying for Individuals in David Gonzalez’s age vary, fentanyl is an artificial opioid some 50 to 100 occasions stronger than avenue heroin. It’s cheaply made and overpoweringly potent, a killer combo that has led to its speedy poisoning of North America’s illicit narcotics stream.
Whereas the nation struggled with COVID, fentanyl proliferated — particularly within the heroin stream. Immediately, it’s the scorching dose ready for each heroin addict who chooses substance abuse over sobriety for only one extra day.
It’s the dying stalking David Gonzalez. And much from doing something to forestall this, New York Metropolis appears to be actively encouraging it.
As an alternative of steering David towards rehab, New York Metropolis steers him towards Secure Haven, a type of transitional housing run by town that enables him to examine in each three days as a substitute of every day, like a standard homeless shelter. Indicative of our progressive paradise, Secure Haven doesn’t power anybody to remain off medicine, and even cease shoplifting, as a stipulation for offering shelter. How forward-thinking!
David shoots up in public view near Times Square, however since criminalizing substance abuse and even shoplifting appear to be nonstarters in a rising variety of Democrat-controlled cities, he’s left to terrorize retailer workers, rob bandwidth from already-inundated paramedics and, most significantly, inject away till he finds that ultimate, fentanyl-spiked dose.
As an addict, I do know full properly the stark distinction between shaming an addict and enabling him. David Gonzalez shouldn’t be ashamed to be affected by habit. However for his personal sake, nor ought to he be enabled to proceed alongside this perilous path indefinitely.
In coddling addicts to the acute, progressives in cost are complicated an affordable “wait till he’s prepared” mindset with a warped “let’s assist him use (and steal) indefinitely.” The previous is aiding David’s must take possession of his life; the latter is abetting his unwillingness to take action. The previous supplies company; the latter initiatives an agenda that dangers tolerating addicts to dying.
We have to do higher than this. Secure Haven mustn’t imply Secure House. David needs to be free from bodily hazard there, sure, however not free to steal and shoot up with no penalties. Within the age of fentanyl, eschewing penalties now solely will increase the probability of the final word consequence: dying by overdose.
New York Metropolis’s “progressive” angle towards habit doesn’t simply do shopkeepers and first responders and taxpayers a disservice. They do addicts a disservice, as properly.
In a metropolis the place addicts’ emotions are much more necessary than their fates, the subsequent factor you’ll seemingly examine David Gonzalez is his obituary. That’s not progressive. That’s an outrage.
Christopher Dale is the creator of the forthcoming e book “Better Halves,” which explores marriage in habit and restoration.