Pubdate: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 Source: Mobile Register (AL) Copyright: 2001 Mobile Register. Contact: http://www.al.com/mobileregister/today/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/269 Author: Stephen Heath Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v01/n1478/a09.html DRUG EDUCATION IN AMERICA IS FLAWED Thanks for the astute observations of Editorial Page Editor Frances Coleman ("Talk about drugs if you like, but the problem is alcohol, Aug. 12). Her comments remind us that current drug education is horribly flawed when it teaches that any and all drug use is equal in risk and danger. In addition it far too often overlooks the dangers of government-approved alcohol and tobacco.If our drug laws were actually based on health risk potential, rather than on standards of what is socially popular, then alcohol and tobacco possession would carry jail sentences and marijuana would likely be sold in regulated outlets to anyone over age 21. STEPHEN HEATH, Drug Policy Forum of Florida, Clearwater, Fla.