Toughen drug laws

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Opinion -

The num­bers alone are shock­ing. Two young peo­ple died af­ter tak­ing drugs at Pen­rith’s De­fqon.1 mu­sic fes­ti­val on Satur­day, while two oth­ers as this is writ­ten re­main in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. More than a dozen at­ten­dees ar­rived at Ne­pean Hos­pi­tal in need of treat­ment for drug use. Some 700 sought med­i­cal help as the fes­ti­val con­tin­ued.

Th­ese sta­tis­tics could be from a bomb­ing yet they emerge from a seem­ingly harm­less mu­si­cal event, where 10 peo­ple were sub­se­quently charged with drug sup­ply of­fences. Two teenage girls are among those charged af­ter al­legedly smug­gling 120 cap­sules into the venue. There is no point try­ing to imag­ine the grief of fam­i­lies who lost their chil­dren in this night­mare, but there cer­tainly is a point in urg­ing far more puni­tive laws against those who traf­fic drugs. Such peo­ple are killers and jail terms should re­flect this.

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