An image has emerged of two young men passed out in a busy city centre subway holding what appear to be heroin syringes in their hands.
They were pictured slumped up against a wall near Belfast's Albert Clock early on Thursday evening surrounded by drug paraphernalia.
The photograph, which has been widely shared on social media, has been referred to as a symbol of the drug scourge sweeping the country.
With out current medical knowledge, we may never be fully able to cure addicts, but at least we could help them in some way. As well as whatever mental issues that led them down the path to addiction, once the drugs and/or drink take hold, it becomes a physical illness too.
It's perfectly valid to say let them rot, but there is increasingly evidence that people who get addicted to drugs and alcohol have something in their brains and DNA that makes them susceptible to addiction.
The two young men pictured have a whole life ahead of them, but will probably not reach 30, let alone 40. Why is this allowed to continue?
We are a rich country, isn't it about time we start to help the most vulnerable in our society? No person should have an existence like that shown in the picture.
What a waste of human life.