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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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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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
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
Checked-by: Patrick Henry
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
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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
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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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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
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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