Pubdate: Thu, 10 Jun 1999 Date: 06/10/1999 Source: Vancouver Province (Canada) Author: John Chase Authors: John Chase Note: Subject by editor Mr. Chuvalo does not "support the war on drugs." Rather, he has embarked on a crusade to warn kids about the dangers of drug use. There is a big difference. The war on drugs in the U.S. is a war, and its objective is abstinence. It can't be won but is being fought as if it can. As it erodes our freedom, it allows - even causes - drug deaths to increase dramatically. Drug warriors in the U.S. - who have persuaded the people that coercion will work - are so desperate to reduce drug use they point to the well-intended crusade of Mr. Chuvalo because it provides them cover. Your story suggests coercion is synonymous with Mr. Chuvalo's crusade, and nothing could be further from the truth. John Chase, Palm Harbor, Fla.