Pubdate: Sat, 1 Jan 2011
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (WI)
Copyright: 2011 Madison Newspapers, Inc.
Author: Howard J Wooldridge


Regarding Wednesday's article "Heroin abuse, deaths on the rise," as a
retired police officer, I am familiar with drug overdose and death.

As a traveler, I have met with doctors and officials in Switzerland to
see first-hand the success of their method of handling heroin.

Since 1994 they have treated heroin use as a medical issue and have
been rewarded with dramatic decreases in crime, and no one in the
program has died of an overdose in 16 years. This model has been
adopted by Germany, Denmark and Holland because it works.

The American model of treating drug addicts as criminals (except for
those addicted to alcohol and cigarettes) has not worked in decades,
despite a trillion tax dollars spent.

Know that my colleagues, such as Madison Police Chief Noble Wray, will
always advocate locking abusers up as it provides solid job security
and overtime for his officers.

Howard Wooldridge, drug policy specialist, Citizens Opposing Prohibition 
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