Pubdate: Wed, 27 Mar 2002
Source: High Point Enterprise (NC)
Copyright: 2002 High Point (N.C.) Enterprise
Author: Matthew Hulett


I agree with many of Patty Jo Sawvel's points ("Sometimes simple solutions 
succeed," Neighbors, March 19). The problem is that she advocates honesty 
and then presents unscientific, unsubstantiated opinions, not to mention 
presenting the loss of college financial aid in a very matter-of-fact 
manner, when this law is quite unjust and is ripe for repeal at this very 
moment. For instance, the few National Institute on Drug Abuse studies done 
on ecstasy have been discredited under peer review, and the wider 
scientific community does not know what the health consequences of using 
this drug are. We just do not know.

Given that 1,500 people per year die from aspirin intake, the hysterical 
tones around ecstasy turn off kids. I do not think most kids would 
appreciate Sawvel's intolerant undertones either, albeit she does mask them 

It is a shame to see this occur, for it would be best if drug policy 
experts who are reasonable and grounded in science would be the ones 
offering advice. Not silly moralists with one goal in mind, said goal being 
a drug-free world. That is not a reasonable goal.

Matthew Hulett

Short Hills, N.J.
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