Pubdate: Thu, 09 May 2002
Source: Times, The (UK)
Copyright: 2002 Times Newspapers Ltd
Author: Mr A. H. Thompson
Bookmark: (Treatment)


Sir, Despite the official reaction ("Home Office is cool on drug report", 
report, May 3), the proposal by the Association of Chief Police Officers to 
send heroin and cocaine users for treatment rather than prosecute them 
makes very good sense -- and for a reason in addition to those given. In 
many cases, police investigation and subsequent imprisonment give kudos and 
street cred to the perpetrators of crimes; medical diagnosis and treatment 
will tend to do just the opposite.

By removing the element of perverse thrill derived from pursuit and 
metaphorical martyrdom, and replacing it with the lesser excitement of 
medical examination and treatment, the proposed policy may both cure 
dependants and deter prospective ones.

Yours faithfully, HENRY THOMPSON, Greycott, Redmire, Leyburn, North 
Yorkshire DL8 4EH. May 3.
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