If we conceive of addiction as a disease, Perry would represent those most vulnerable to it. Very little actual exposure to substances would be enough to trigger that pathology.
Hint: Just insisting that you’re not bluffing this time won’t convince that young man, or many others of his kind. He’ll need to be shown.
In an atmosphere such as this – already ‘spoiled’, we might say – any response must be carefully thought through and planned.