Pubdate: Thu, 12 Apr 2007
Source: Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)
Copyright: 2007 The Calgary Sun
Author: Keith Fagin


On reading "Drug court plan goes ahead," (April 8) I applaud Ald.
Madeleine King for publicly supporting this initiative. All too often
politicians prefer to jump on the drug war bandwagon. Expert studies
have shown (so has history) prohibition and just jailing drug abusers
does not work. It is long overdue that we work at reducing the harm
caused by drug abuse instead of just creating even more harm by
jailing people. Education and treatment are better answers to drug
abuse problems society faces. The treatment approach is better then
wasting taxpayer dollars locking up drug abusers who return to the
street and start abusing drugs yet again.


(We have to try every method possible to end this scourge.)
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