"RCMP superintendent says officers are regularly arresting men who have ditched the program."
Kamloops RCMP Supt. Syd Lecky, pictured here in July 2018, says his officers are regularly arresting men who have simply walked away from a court-ordered addictions recovery program outside the city.(Doug Herbert/CBC News)
"Kamloops, British Columbia Mayor Ken Christian said he would like to see the rules changed so that court-ordered treatment is mandatory and there is on-site enforcement to prevent people sent there by a judge from leaving."
One facility with which I'm familiar is either court ordered or self admitted requiring confinement in a locked unit with medical assistance during the withdrawal. The enticement in many cases is being able to return to a well paying job or avoid incarceration.
"It's not good for them or the community to just allow these come-and-go sort of programs," he said.