Homeless people and drug addicts shouldn’t be allowed to act as though they are entitled to break the laws of society, one reader argues. (Photo: Now-Leader file)

LETTER: Don’t give Surrey’s addicts drugs – hold them accountable for ruining our communities

Many people in our communities can’t even afford to buy their own medications for diseases – and they weren’t given a choice if they wanted it or not.

The Editor,

Re: “A first look inside Surrey’s safe consumption site,” the Now-Leader online, June 6.

I’m a 30-year resident of the Bolivar Heights area of Whalley. I have chosen to live within and contribute to and with society.

When did it become everyone else’s fault if we make choices that don’t provide us with a decent life and a place to live? So as a working, taxpaying citizen, do you think I should be paying more – or extra – for these people living on the streets doing drugs and every other habit that only people with a job and a place to live should be choosing to do because they can afford it?

These people shouldn’t be allowed to act as though they are entitled to break the laws of society. Since when did camping on a city street become a way to live?

You want to camp? Go to a provincial campground. You don’t want to pay? Go somewhere out of the city in the bushes where you can defecate freely and live your life without littering up my neighbourhood.

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These people get a cheque from somewhere once a month and overdose on fentanyl because they chose to buy and consume it.

Why does society act like we should provide free drugs and shoot-up sites for these individuals? Why do these individuals feel they deserve us to pay for the extremely bad choices they’ve made? Why keep making up excuses to give these people what they really don’t deserve because of the terrible decisions they’ve made?

Many people can’t even afford to buy their own medications for diseases – and they weren’t given a choice if they wanted it or not.

Spending money on giving free housing, free drugs and free injection sites is not going to help or make these people conform or contribute anything to society – because they’ve already chosen to live poorly and to never play a positive role in society.

Hopefully these street people littering our neighbourhoods will be held accountable for their own wrong decisions and not be put on a pedestal like the rest of society owes them something.

It’s sickening to see how dirty they’ve made the city streets look.

Susan Jansons, Surrey

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