Pubdate: Mon, 07 May 2001
Source: Northwest Florida Daily News (FL)
Copyright: 2001 Northwest Florida Daily News
Author: Gerald Sutliff


Robert Maheu's laughable response (letter, "Druggies' burden," April 30) to 
a previous editorial doesn't deserve to be taken seriously. Nevertheless, 
certain of his assertions beg for a reply.

Most important, he states that he doesn't want the country overrun with 
drugs. But we're already overrun with legal and prescribed drugs. Just 
watch TV or read almost any magazine.

Secondly, abusers of legal and illegal drugs already "pay the price" for 
their abuse.

Prohibited drugs already are readily available. What makes anyone think 
there will be more general use or abuse if these drugs are legally 
available? To a certainty, however, there will be far fewer pushers out 
there playing the devil's role.

Gerald Sutliff
Emeryville, Calif.
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