Laws need en­force­ment

The Daily Courier - - OPINION -

Dear edi­tor: About our opi­oid cri­sis. I re­cently re­turned from a visit to Sin­ga­pore, prob­a­bly the clean­est city in the world due to heavy fines for lit­ter­ing. These fines must ac­tu­ally be en­forced be­cause I did not see one piece of lit­ter or so much as one cig­a­rette butt on the side­walks or streets dur­ing my stay. Even chew­ing gum is il­le­gal.

There were no street beg­gars and no ev­i­dence of drug ad­dicts or govern­ment safe-in­jec­tion sites. The im­mi­gra­tion card you are given to fill out when en­ter­ing the coun­try is only about four inches by 10 inches and in­cluded on it in bold red cap­i­tal­ized let­ter­ing there is a very no­tice­able state­ment that reads” WARN­ING, DEATH FOR DRUG TRAF­FICK­ERS UN­DER SIN­GA­PORE LAW”.

It would seem to prove that if the govern­ment had the will to cre­ate strong laws and then ac­tu­ally en­force them that putting an end to the opi­oid cri­sis would be achiev­able in short or­der, it ap­pears to have worked well in Sin­ga­pore. Guy Bis­son­nette Lake Coun­try

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