Being addicted to any type of drug is difficult. When that addiction leads to an arrest on drug charges, the situation often becomes complex. The penalties for drug crime convictions can be considerable, but if treatment isn't part of the punishment, the person might fall back into the same habits when released from prison. That is the issue that one doctor has with the new crack down on illegal fentanyl trade.
Dr. Hakique Virani notes that if officials crack down on the illicit trade of fentanyl without offering treatment for the underlying addiction to the drug that drives people to participate in the trade, the problem will just shift to other drugs. He notes that the change might be to heroin or another opioid drug.