Pubdate: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 Date: 01/16/1999 Source: Baltimore Sun (MD) Author: Bryan Soul Letter to the editor writer Joseph I. Molyneux ("Agents make the sacrifices in nation's `war on drugs' " Jan. 9) registered his dissent to a piece written by Ken Fuson, which advocated that addicts who seek help should get it. Mr. Molyneux apparently feels that everyone in our country not using drugs would succumb to addiction just as soon as his "heroes" (Drug Enforcement Administration agents) stopped doing the wonderful work they do. Does he really believe that's how people behave? Speaking for myself and everyone I know, the question of legal vs. illegal drugs would not change our drug use at all. Education, on the other hand, has already been demonstrated to work. Just look at the statistics on smoking in this country: a 50 percent reduction in the number of smokers over the past 25 years has been achieved by increasing public awareness of the dangers of smoking. Prohibiting a substance or an act increases its appeal -- that's human nature. Those who become addicts are not responding to simple availability of a drug. These people have medical problems that need to be cured. The U.S government's approach of demonizing and incarcerating them only ensures that they'll never get better. Bryan Soul Boston, Mass.