Pubdate: Fri, 08 May 1998 Date: 08/05/1998 Source: Bulletin (OR) Author: Gerald M. Sutliff Website: http://www.bendbulletin.com/ Regarding "Harm reduction strategy won't work" by General (Ret.) Barry R. McCaffrey Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy, the good general seems to believe that the War on Drugs causes no damage by itself. How silly. Wars always cause collateral damage. Who keeps track of it? Or does anyone? The damages are multifaceted, deep and reach into the future. Harm reduction is about accessing the damage of drugs use, abuse and trafficking against the collateral damage caused by the effort to stamp it out. General McCaffrey's tactic of impugning the motives of the harm reductionists and legalizers, thus far, has allowed him to avoid addressing these important issues. How many more villages will the general's drug warriors burn before he starts counting? Gerald M. Sutliff Emeryville, Calif.