Pubdate: Fri, 19 Oct 2007
Source: Kootenay Western Star (CN BC)
Copyright: 2007 Kootenay Western Star
Author: Robert Sharpe



Tom Fletcher makes the common mistake of confusing drug-related crime
with prohibition-related crime in his Oct. 12 column.

Attempts to limit the supply of illegal drugs while demand remains
constant only increase the profitability of drug trafficking.

For addictive drugs like heroin, a spike in street prices leads
desperate addicts to increase criminal activity to feed desperate habits.

The drug war doesn't fight crime, it fuels crime.

The good news is that Canada has already adopted many of the common
sense harm reduction interventions first pioneered in Europe.

The bad news is that Canada's southern neighbour continues to use its
superpower status to export a dangerous moral crusade around the globe.

The United States provides tragic examples of anti-drug strategies
that are best avoided.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control researchers estimate that 57 per cent
of AIDS cases among women and 36 per cent of overall AIDS cases in the
U.S. are linked to injection drug use or sex with partners who inject

This easily preventable public health crisis is a direct result of
zero tolerance laws that restrict access to clean syringes.

Can Canada afford to emulate the harm maximization approach of the
former land of the free and current record holder in citizens

U.S. Centers for Disease Control stats:

Robert Sharpe, MPA

Policy Analyst

Common Sense for Drug Policy

Washington, DC
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