Pubdate: Thu, 22 Feb 2007
Source: Calgary Herald (CN AB)
Copyright: 2007 Calgary Herald
Author: Keith Fagin


Prohibition - Re: "Family bravely battles to defeat demon drug," Feb. 17.

How many more people have similar stories? Do we build the necessary 
treatment centres for them?

No, of course not. We ignore the facts and use prohibition laws to 
imprison drug addicts, wasting millions of dollars annually on 
creating criminals out of drug consumers and drug abusers.

Prohibition only adds more harm to that which addictive drugs causes 
already. People will do drugs, gamble and take risks. Threatened with 
expensive, long prison terms and even death, humans still consume 
drugs. Regulating drugs like alcohol is the only safe answer.

Regulate, tax and educate. Use the billions saved to fund treatment 
centres and research into better ways to stop or at least reduce the 
harm addictions cause.

Keith Fagin,

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