Many who suffer imprisonment for the taking or commercial exchange of drugs - particularly young offenders - have never committed acts of violence or theft and their possession or even selling of drugs has been connected with personal use by themselves and friends.
The drug and alcohol field has been well served by recovered addicts and ex-offenders who have retrained and provide inspiring role-models for dependent clients. It seems odd that people who have been imprisoned for burglary, domestic violence, assault and other crimes against the person may be eligible to join the Army, where mere drug-takers are seen as beyond rehabilitation.
South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
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