Pubdate: Mon, 20 Aug 2001
Source: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (TX)
Copyright: 2001 Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas
Author:  Larry Nickerson


Harris County (Houston) authorities reported that 15 people died in a 
48-hour period recently, the results of a deadly batch of heroin or 
cocaine. No doubt many good people will say this is more reason to 
prosecute a drug war. But is it?

 From the era of Prohibition come the same kind of horror stories of poison 
brew that occurred over and over again during those years. There are 
several books in the Fort Worth library system that detail this.

One of the Harris County victims was a 16-year-old girl. Perhaps she had 
been dabbling in drugs for a long time. Or perhaps this was her first 
mistake. Whatever way it was, I am sure her family was devastated.

I think this is more reason to seek a market for these drugs that is 
regulated, rather than the completely uncontrolled black market that now 

Meantime, it is possible that some of the same poison batch is on its way 
to the Fort Worth area. I am going to guess that most teenagers and other 
possible illegal drug customers don't read the news.

Larry Nickerson
Fort Worth
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