Pubdate: Sat, 13 Oct 2007
Source: Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC)
Copyright: 2007, BC Newspaper Group
Author: Cameron Wigmore


To the Editor,

Re: War on drugs doomed again, Oct 6.

I'd like to give thanks to the Harper government for a new war.

Like in the U.S., where the war on drugs has been ongoing for 
decades, this Canadian effort will likely create a few jobs in the 
areas of law enforcement.

We will, over the long term, likely need to build more jails (as they 
have needed to do in the U.S.) in order to house non-violent 
offenders, and our recently announced federal tax surplus will 
probably help to pay for this ongoing cost.

Never mind incarceration will cost more than rehabilitation - Mr. 
Harper clearly believes the jobs created are more important than the 
negative costs to our society.

These fellow Canadians - these neighbours, co-workers, family and 
friends of ours - they're only addicts after all, right? Mr. Harper 
says we should lock 'em up.

Treatment and rehabilitation sounds too nice for the Harper 
government's every man for himself ideology. Although treatment and 
rehabilitation are proven to be effective, long term incarceration 
sounds braver and more prideful.

I am a recovered addict with seven years clean and sober. I've just 
brought my family to Nanaimo and soon we'll be purchasing a house. 
After using drugs for nearly a decade, I managed to make it out of 
active addiction, disease-free and with no criminal record. This is 
largely due to the community support and addiction recovery services 
available to me prior to getting clean.

I'm not shy about this fact - I'm proud of the man I am and I'm 
grateful to be living in this country with a history of giving and 
sharing that shows we take care of ours.

Cameron Wigmore

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