Pubdate: Sun, 17 Dec 2006
Source: Contra Costa Times (CA)
Copyright: 2006 Knight Ridder
Author: John Wilson


I respectfully challenge the Times' editorial coverage of the meth
problem. A docudrama, moving youngsters to tears, is touted as an
effective tool of prevention and endorsed by members of law
enforcement. I disagree with your summation, as do the members of Law
Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).

I invite the Times to critique a video from LEAP at http:/
Listen to ranking members of state and federal drug task forces
telling audiences why they no longer support the war on drugs. LEAP's
video provides rational insights for responsible solutions to drug
abuse rather than a flashy sequel to "Reefer Madness."

Emotionally-charged dramas demonizing drugs and vilifying users do not
treat the disease of addiction, provide after-school programs for
children or prevent the violence perpetuated by the pursuit of
enormous profits inherent in a policy of prohibition.

Law enforcement personnel who refuse to acknowledge the futility of
meth prohibition -- complete with an educational film that ends
tragically -- may as well offer the folly of "Reefer Madness" as a
second feature.

John Wilson

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