Pubdate: Wed, 19 Jul 2000 Date: 07/19/2000 Source: Province, The (CN BC) Author: Chuck Beyer Note: title by MAP The heroin addict has been robbed of true choice by the very people who wash their hands of these deaths. A true choice would involve legal abstinence and legal use. The addict is also robbed of the choice of choosing a regulated product with an identifiable dosage. This causes most deaths. The choice of legal heroin also eliminates the involvement in property crimes and prostitution. In this world all actions have unintended consequences. Prohibition is no exception. Quantum theory analogy dictates that even an observer has an effect on any system. Prohibitionists are no mere observers. Their policy is largely responsible for the genocide in Downtown East Vancouver. Mouthing platitudes about personal responsibility does not absolve the prohibitionists of the critical role they play in the death of addicts. Chuck Beyer, Victoria, B.C.