Pubdate: Thu, 09 Aug 2001
Source: Tampa Tribune (FL)
Copyright: 2001, The Tribune Co.
Author: Ray Aldridge


Recently Sheila Carter wrote the Tribune to support the war on drugs 
(Letters, Aug. 5), saying, ``I cannot imagine adding even one more drug to 
the horrifying daily statistics that are grimly reported in the news.''

Unfortunately, no such imagining is required. We must deal with the fact 
that these drugs are already here - and with the fact that no amount of 
wishful thinking will make them go away.

Apologists for the drug war, such as Carter, try to pretend that the laws 
against these drugs actually serve some noble purpose. They tell us that 
they are concerned about ``the children'' but they don't explain how 
putting ``the children'' in prison is going to help them.

After four decades of ruthless war on drugs, we have more heroin addicts, 
more overdose deaths and a wider selection of cheap, powerful and dangerous 
drugs than ever before. When is the war going to start working?

RAY ALDRIDGE, Fort Walton Beach
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