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Cracking (sorry) down on Coke users...

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posted on Jan, 28 2006 @ 03:58 AM
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Is it me or is this completely retarded and counter productive?

news.bbc.co.uk...


Undercover detectives are posing as drug pushers in "sting operations" to catch middle-class coc aine users, the Metropolitan Police commissioner says.


Come on, how dumb is this? What a total waste of resources. If they spent this money on catching the suppliers and dealers, THEN justice will be being dealt. But as usual, this country's leaders just drain resources on things the entire wrong way. Or maybe, they will lose more money from stopping the supply of these drugs.

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posted on Jan, 28 2006 @ 07:47 AM
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Well the middle classes are probebly in uproar because little Daniel has a coke habit. They demand action, even if it's catching out their own sons and daughters. Not a very good idea, and a bit of a waste of time, but im sure the middle classes would rather catch their brood red handed somehow, and giving them an informative lesson on the dangers of their habits.

Yep, it's a wee bit stupid. It show's that if the working classes asked for something similer, we'd get laughed out of the police station.



posted on Jan, 28 2006 @ 02:18 PM
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I've posted this in another forum, but it fits here as well.

You won't make drugs illegal and be able to enforce these laws, we can see this so the only thing that can be done is to fall hard on those who deal crack/heroin and heavily regulate the areas by which people can consume drugs in. Thus limiting where it can be taken and heavily punish those who take it outside of these areas.


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In this paper existing approaches to the conceptualisation of drug use by youth (according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics category, ‘youth means those aged between 15 and 24 years) are critically examined and some comments on the nature of prevention programmes are presented. It is contended that, given the universality of drug use in human societies and the very real benefits that accrue from drug use, the usual prevention goal of abstinence from drug use for young people is unthinking, unobtainable, and unacceptable. Those involved in the future formulation of research projects, prevention programmes and policy in the area of young people’s drug use need to embrace a low-risk use or a harm-minimisation paradigm. Unless such a perspective is adopted the current failure to record much in the way of success in the prevention of drug-related problems amongst young people will continue. In essence, there needs to be a wider acceptance amongst those working in the prevention field of the notion that drug use has value, is here to stay and that we must learn to live with drug use as best we can. The implicit, but almost pervasive, notion that drug use per se is something which can, and must, be prevented needs to be accepted for what it is - a chimera.


This is a very worthwhile essay.

The fact drugs have been a part of society, for thousands of years and got us to the stage we are at now it is stupid to criminalize them - especailly since it can't be enforced. When things are not stigmatized, it makes it easier for people to "over-come" the problems associated with them. Especailly those who are addicts.



posted on Jan, 28 2006 @ 07:33 PM
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YES! Exactly! I think drugs should at least be decriminalized. There is no point in putting addicts in jail. Heard Pete Docherty is going to jail, but what about those "friends" of his or his hanger-ons who give him the drugs? Bit of a pointless exercise putting in folk with drug problems in jail.



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