PILL USERS HAVE TO TAKE RE­SPON­SI­BIL­ITY

Sunday Tasmanian - - Letters -

THE cur­rent de­bate around pill test­ing for drug users is just an­other thought bub­ble from those de­flect­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity. We see it all the time these days. Lit­tle Johnny (or Jill) causes trou­ble at school and teach­ers are blamed. Why not the par­ents for not teach­ing re­spect and re­spon­si­bil­ity?

There are mul­ti­ple other in­stances where blame is al­ways trans­ferred from self, to oth­ers. If a drug user swal­lows a pill isn’t it their own re­spon­si­bil­ity in re­gards con­se­quences and se­ri­ous out­comes? Pill test­ing will en­cour­age drug use, as well as the sup­pli­ers of il­licit drugs. We should have far higher penal­ties ap­plied to il­licit drug sup­pli­ers, as well as for those caught us­ing same.

Pre­ven­tive mea­sures should also be ex­tended through ed­u­ca­tion and en­hanced through the me­dia.

Ray­mond Har­vey Clare­mont

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