Pubdate: Wed, 10 Apr 2002
Source: Topsail Voice (NC)
Copyright: 2002 Hamsptead Publishing, LLC.
Author: Alan Randell
Note: Title by mapinc editor


Dear Editor:
This is regarding the Topsail High School drug bust article in your 
March 27 edition. I hope the teachers at Topsail High School discuss 
with their students why governments prohibit certain drugs. Here's my 
take on it. Is it to protect users from harm? No, that can't be the 
reason because users suffer more (adulterated drugs and jail time) 
when a drug is banned as compared to when it is legally available.

My wife and I became well acquainted with this aspect of government 
policy when we lost our 19-year-old son to street heroin in 1993. 
Besides, two of our more dangerous drugs, alcohol and tobacco, are 
legal. Is it to reduce the crime associated with illegal drugs? No, 
that can't be the reason because banning a drug always gives rise to 
more than when the drug is legally available. Is it to distract 
attention away from more important issues by conducting a brutal, 
Hitler-like pogrom to ruin the lives of the innocent few who ingest 
or sell certain drugs - with the additional benefit of allowing our 
politicians and cops the pleasure of strutting and preening before us 
as they promise to ride out like St. George and slay the fearsome and 
deadly dragon of drugs while sticking the taxpayer with the cost of 
bigger budgets and free drugs for our police officers?

Bingo! Hitler's armies may have lost the war but, sadly, his ideas 
seem to have found ready acceptance all across the civilized world.

Alan Randell Victoria, British Columbia
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