There has been plenty of press about the opiate epidemic that has swept the United States. CDC opioid death statistics. How the doctors neglect to warn people about the addictive properties of the painkillers which they are liberally prescribing and whether the FDA should approve such addictive substances to begin with are the subject for another article. Deceptive Marketing of Drugs. The hard truth that we must face, regardless how we got here, is that there is a crime wave that accompanies any opiate epidemic.
Fortunately, the vast majority of crimes associated with drug addiction are property crimes–theft, trafficking in stolen property, taking motor vehicles and even the noxious but not physically threatening identity theft. As such, they are often eligible for the residential DOSA alternative to prison. https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9.94A.664.
“RCW 9.94A.664 Residential chemical dependency treatment-based alternative.
(1) A sentence for a residential chemical dependency treatment-based alternative shall include a term of community custody equal to one-half the midpoint of the standard sentence range or two years, whichever is greater, conditioned on the offender entering and remaining in residential chemical dependency treatment certified under *chapter 70.96A RCW for a period set by the court between three and six months”