Pubdate: Tue, 1 Sep 1998 
Source: The Chronicle (Canberra, Australia) 
Contact: Fax +61 2 6239 1345
Author: J. M. Ohlin

No More Needles

WITH reference to the front page article in The Chronicle of August 25, I
cannot believe there should be a "Drug dilemma" when the obvious answers to
the heroin problem is withdrawal of the free needle and syringe scheme,
which never should have been introduced.

It would have been unthinkable, by those men (of high ideals) that we
buried in New Guinea, that the people, who they gave their lives to
protect, would be issuing needles and syringes to a minority group as an
encouragement for continuation of their lethal habit.

In conjunction with the withdrawal of that free needle scheme, there could
be an offer of detoxification treatment -nothing else.

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