Pubdate: Fri, 23 Feb 2001
Source: Andalusia Star-News (AL)
Copyright: 2001 The Andalusia Star-News
Contact:  207 Dunson Street, Andalusia, Alabama 36420
Author: Gerald M. Sutliff


Dear Editor:

I'm in agreement with Alan Randell of Victoria, Canada, who wrote 
that what one ingests is his or her own business not the 
government's. However, his letter doesn't answer the question posed.

Meth is toxic to some people but not to most. That statement can be 
said about almost anything ingestible. Those who can't control their 
use will be harmed, even killed by whichever substance is their 
choice. It's not the drug, it's the user. I'm speaking as one who has 
lost a child to drug abuse. Only by helping substance abusers will 
the harm done by drugs be lessened and the crisis passed. Prohibition 
and Zero Tolerance will never work.

Gerald M. Sutliff

Emeryville, Calif.
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