- These people cannot financially afford these drugs. They are not eating properly, not paying their rent or stealing to purchase their supply.
- These people already are battling life/mental health and social issues, and do not need their brains addled any more.
I evict him. Let me tell you how, it is a practiced process I have developed with trouble makers in the drop-in centre. I stand where they cannot help but see me and I glare at them. They keep glancing at me, only to find me still eyeballing them. He moves somewhere else, and I move and continue to glare. He knows without me saying that I know what he is up to and that I will intervene if need be. Usually the trouble maker chooses to leave or modifies their behaviour. I think it is like a heading or eye dog herds sheep. They turn sheep and move sheep without barking, only staring. In the same way this works without me having to make a scene or disturb the peace. Often if you do verbally challenge behaviour all you end up with is arguments in which they lie and act innocent, and you do not have clear evidence to support your side and you are left blustering with no sting. But "the look" gets them and communicates. I find again and again, the intentional and obvious surveillance deals with the problem, communicates your suspicions, and makes them uncomfortable, without a word spoken.
But here is this guy, a big and dangerous guy who is getting free food from anywhere he can, bludging money from generous hearted people and buying legal highs! He has caused problems in churches, in the night shelter and on the streets. He can be quite angry and vicious. Our Night Shelter staff and anybody dealing with "street people" encounter more and more anti-social behaviour caused by "legal high" use. As I write, there is a man in an intensive care unit who nearly died, because he experimented with legal highs. I find myself getting angry with the people who make legal highs, and the people who sell them. They are making big money by adding to the misery on our streets. There should not be legal highs, full stop. Our society does not need them.
Then again we need to ask, "Why do these people need legal highs?" or others their abuse of alcohol? They are self-medicating meaningless lives. Somehow we need to enable people to find meaning and hope elsewhere.