We need to invest in better policy in drug fight

RE “MORE drug courts sought: Opiate overdoses bring broad calls for action in state” (Page A1, Feb. 25): More drug courts is a good idea, but what about more treatment beds? If we treat addicts instead of incarcerating them — a good idea — then where do we send them for treatment?

In-patient rehab and mental health services have been cut in the state budget. We don’t save money by doing this. We spend it on incarceration instead.

There is a financial and moral cost to this policy. If we do right by people who are struggling with addiction and mental illness, we reap the reward of people living and working instead of dying unnecessarily.

Debra Goldman