A strong stance on drug deal­ers

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

IT might, to some, look like he’s stat­ing the ob­vi­ous – but it’s en­cour­ag­ing nonethe­less to hear a sher­iff con­vey­ing such strong views about the im­pact drug deal­ers are hav­ing on Dundee (see page 2).

Al­though much has been made about help­ing those who fall into ad­dic­tion, a sim­i­lar fo­cus is needed on the peo­ple who ped­dle these sub­stances to the users – of­ten ex­ploit­ing them in vul­ner­a­ble sit­u­a­tions.

Deal­ers are sim­ply out to make money from peo­ple’s mis­ery and don’t care for the health or so­cial im­pli­ca­tions of sell­ing hard drugs in our com­mu­ni­ties.

They con­trib­ute noth­ing but death and de­spair to thou­sands while the vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple get on with lead­ing law-abid­ing lives. With all that in mind, it’s a pos­i­tive that sher­iffs are pre­pared to take a hard stance with them.

The sad re­al­ity is that there is nor­mally some­one else ready to take the place of a dealer who’s been taken off the streets – but as long as the au­thor­i­ties keep tar­get­ing them, it makes their lives a whole lot harder.

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