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1 UK: 3 PUB LTE's: Futile 'Drugs War'Tue, 8 Sep 1998
Source:Independent, The (UK)          Area:United Kingdom Lines:29 Added:09/08/1998

Sir: Having lost two young patients in the past month from the injecting of a particularly pure form of heroin that appears to be currently available on the streets of London, leaving behind an orphaned eight-year-old and fatherless seven-year-old, I feel extremely angry

David Macauley's article explaining why he quit as the director of Scotland Against Drugs (Comment, 4 September) said nothing new ("education has to be at the forefront, availability must be reduced, must shift the culture" etc) and quitting is not going to help.

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2 Australia: Marijuana: Regulated Sale UrgedTue, 8 Sep 1998
Source:Canberra Times (Australia)          Area:Australia Lines:43 Added:09/08/1998

LONDON, Sunday: The prospect of the Australian Government-regulated sale of marijuana has been raised by an influential adviser on drug policy.

Professor David McDonald, of the Australian National University, attending an international conference on cannabis law in London's Regent College, said there was a growing body of opinion among Australians, as seen in recent opinion polls, that total prohibition might not be the best approach to regulating the drug.

"We now have the situation in Australia where there is a huge cannabis market but it is not regulated by government," he said.

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3 Australia: Cannabis Wins Greater SupportTue, 8 Sep 1998
Source:Hobart Mercury (Australia)          Area:Australia Lines:28 Added:09/08/1998

THE prospect of the government-regulated sale of marijuana appears closer to being placed on the agenda of state and federal governments, say some of Australia's most influential advisers on drug policy.

Speaking before an international conference on cannabis law in London, Professor David McDonald of the Australian National University said Australians were relatively big users of the drug compared with other countries.

Professor McDonald added that there was a growing body, of opinion among Australians, as seen in recent opinion polls, that total prohibition of cannabis may not be the best approach to regulating the drug. - --- Checked-by: Patrick Henry

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4 US NY: Drugs Taint An Annual Round Of Gay RevelsTue, 8 Sep 1998
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Bruni, David Area:New York Lines:29 Added:09/08/1998

NEW YORK -- It began in the early stages of the AIDS epidemic as a relatively modest affair, a respite for the living and remembrance of the dead that was held in daylight, so that even the ill might be able to go, and it was given a double-edged title resonant of grief.

A decade and a half later, the Morning Party has evolved into a glamorous social event that attracts hordes of gay men to Fire Island and reliably raises enormous sums of money for Gay Men's Health Crisis, perhaps the United States' most respected AIDS service organization.

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5 Party's Over For U.S. Teens Trying To Drink In TijuanaTue, 8 Sep 1998
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Koidin, Michelle        Lines:29 Added:09/08/1998

TIJUANA - American teenagers once loved this border city's neon-lit, disco-infused nightclub strip - a lawless playground that served up tequila shots and all-you-can-drink specials, no matter your age.

These days, the party's coming to a sobering end.

Public-health advocates, together with police on both sides of the border, are celebrating the first anniversary of their crackdown on border binge drinking, dubbed Operation Safe Crossing.

While many San Diego-area college students - most too young to drink legally in California but old enough to get drunk in Mexico - still proclaim the Avenida Revolucion strip an ideal party destination, authorities are pleased with the progress they've made stopping high-schoolers.

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6US OH: Police Holding Drug-raid LootTue, 8 Sep 1998
Source:Cincinnati Enquirer (OH) Author:Michaud, Anne Area:Ohio Lines:Excerpt Added:09/08/1998

Millions not being spent on deterrence

Law enforcement agencies throughout Ohio are sitting on millions of dollars seized from drug dealers instead of spending it to put more of them behind bars.

Agencies explain the surpluses by saying they want to keep reserves or because they can't find anything to spend the money on.

But one of the state's top law enforcement officials says the whole point of drug seizure and forfeiture laws is to reinvest proceeds in drug-fighting equipment and programs.

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7 Australia: OPED: Let's Learn From The Swiss On DrugsTue, 8 Sep 1998
Source:Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) Author:Wodak, Alex Area:Australia Lines:29 Added:09/08/1998

LAW enforcement is an ineffective way of solving serious social problems. Billions of dollars spent on police, courts and prisons have failed to control Australia's illicit drug problem. We should have known better. After all, the failure of all the king's horses and all the king's men to control property crime in poverty-stricken England 200 years ago led directly to the establishment of a prison colony in Australia.

But suddenly drug courts have emerged as the answer to Australia's apparently intractable illicit drugs problems. Returning from a recent visit to the United States to investigate drug courts, the Sydney barrister Ross Goodrich spoke encouragingly of the new American phenomenon. Impressive results are claimed from this attempt to combine the pressure of the criminal justice system with the behaviour-changing ability of drug treatment. The Premier, Bob Carr, was sufficiently impressed to quickly announce that NSW would move soon to establish drug courts.

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