The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

PRO­HI­BI­TION IS WORSE THAN DRUG

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THE HOR­RI­FY­ING EX­TENT OF OUR ICE EPI­DEMIC HAS BEEN RE­VEALED AF­TER A NA­TION­WIDE IN­VES­TI­GA­TION IN­VOLV­ING A 9000KM JOUR­NEY THROUGH 25 CITIES AND TOWNS.

Drug users need to be sent to jail, not just the deal­ers and not just re­peat of­fend­ers. Decades of slap­ping on the wrist and re­hab just doesn’t work. Phillip We have to bring back the death penalty for man­u­fac­tur­ing and deal­ing in drugs. These per­pe­tra­tors are killing our kids and plac­ing a life sen­tence on the par­ents. Ian Oz Le­gal­is­ing a bad prod­uct such as ice, heroin or co­caine is the easy way out. The im­pact on so­ci­ety is huge. It is time the ju­di­cial sys­tem pulled their head out of the sand and is­sued proper pun­ish­ment to users and even harsher pun­ish­ment for deal­ers. Ron High-se­cu­rity clin­ics spe­cial­is­ing in ice and other drugs could be es­tab­lished us­ing funds and as­sets con­fis­cated from drug deal­ers. Manda­tory in­car­cer­a­tion and treat­ment in these prison-style re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion clin­ics would take a ma­jor load off hos­pi­tals paid for by the public purse. Garry We have to treat the ad­dicts and hope­fully get them weaned off the drug. Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion clin­ics need to be set up around Aus­tralia and those ad­dicts that have been re­ha­bil­i­tated should be re­warded and en­cour­aged to re­ha­bil­i­tate oth­ers. Rose It’s pretty clear that the “war on drugs” has not worked. While peo­ple are happy to pay for drugs, other peo­ple will con­tinue to sup­ply. Mark Ice still causes a frac­tion of the dam­age that al­co­hol does. Dan Re­gard­ing the ice epi­demic ( SM, Aug 23), make no mis­take, drugs are bad. But the war on drugs is worse. As the Amer­i­cans found out dur­ing the 1920s pro­hi­bi­tion on al­co­hol, such a war em­pow­ers or­gan­ised crime. It is time to move away from poli­cies that fo­cus on law en­force­ment to­wards ones that in­clude the le­gal­i­sa­tion of some drugs, de­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of oth­ers, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and treat­ment pro­grams, as well as advertisin­g cam­paigns. Cameron Lju­bic, Bethania

SHARED PRAISE FOR PROMISED LAND

Read­ing “Promised land for Pack­e­riah” ( SM, Aug 23), I can’t be­lieve James Packer and I have some­thing in com­mon – a love of Is­rael. Good on him for spruik­ing the beauty of this amaz­ing place. Those who are in­formed and visit this tiny coun­try know the re­al­ity is far dif­fer­ent from the pro­pa­ganda spewed about it. Libby Burke, Ash­grove

PREG­NANT WOMEN ARE NOT EN­TI­TLED

I re­fer to the is­sue of preg­nant women tak­ing time off work to at­tend re­quired pre­na­tal doc­tor ap­point­ments ( SM, Aug 23). Preg­nancy should not be an en­ti­tle­ment for favoured work­place ar­range­ments. Par­ents make many sac­ri­fices for their chil­dren. Us­ing an­nual leave or time off with­out pay for rou­tine med­i­cal check-ups is just one of them. Ian Pat­ter­son, Rain­worth

BRA THE­ORY IS SILLY SOPHISTRY

Re­gard­ing the story “What your bra tech­nique says about you” ( SM, Aug 23), I would say the re­searchers who com­piled this study haven’t got much to do with their time. Maybe there is a sim­ple ex­pla­na­tion for women who do their bras up in front and then twist them around. Per­haps they have arthri­tis in their hands or shoul­ders. Why does ev­ery­thing need to have a grand ex­pla­na­tion? Roxy Men­zies, Wood­stock

DAY INSPIRES AN AUSSIE PRIDE

Thank you to Kylie Lang for a bril­liant col­umn on sports­man­ship ( SM, Aug 23). It should be read to all school­child­ren and sports peo­ple. If there were more Aus­tralian sports­peo­ple like golfer Jason Day, I would be even prouder to be an Aus­tralian. Beryl Hen­shall, White Rock

BET­TER TO BE AGED THAN TO BE DEAD

I re­fer to the story “At­ti­tude age-just­ment” ( SM, Aug 23). I am sur­prised at so many peo­ple’s neg­a­tive at­ti­tude and anx­i­ety about age­ing. I am turn­ing 85 this year. It’s great to be get­ting older, be­cause if you are not get­ting older you are dead. Beryl Holmes, St Lu­cia

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