RUSSIA needs a war on drugs???
Scott at rednet.org
Tue Jun 13 12:10:53 MDT 1995
>You've got to be kidding, PNEWS / odin, whoever sent the Russian
>Drugs article. This is the result of the setbacks to socialism? I
Then why wasn't there a bigger drug problem before.
>Not unless you mean that the lack of other economic opportunities
>increases the incentive to go into drug traffic. Or you mean that
>drug business is capitalist and therefore didn't happen when USSR was
>so-called socialist. Or guards have lower real wages now, so are
>more likely to accept bribes.
Yes all of these are true - especially that it was a profit driven desease
that would not be tolerated.
>Or drug traffic became easier when sovietskies and neighbors cut
>their secret police budgets, resulting in significantly smaller law
>enforcement ranks overall. Or it's easier to cross borders that are
>more open now.
Yes also a factor.
>Or the price of vodka has gone up and other drugs are at least
>partial substitutes. Or people are so depressed and demoralized that
>the demand for drugs is up, as self-medication.
>Obviously, what they need is a war on drugs in response to a list of
>data such as that found in the article. No analysis required. Lot
>of good its done us here in the US. No addressing the root causes of
>any problems. This sounds like the same old anti-drug hysteria,
>which is used to justify the imposition of a police state.
This is rediculous Lisa. No what they need is not a war on drugs, what they
need is socialism. The point was to refute those who delebrate the setbacks
to socialism as a good thing.
>If you are concerned about health effects, lost work time and
>economic effects of addiction, you should first fight tobacco use and
Agreed - also not only by silly "war on" propaganda, but by trying to end
this rotten system also.
>In the US, tobacco alone results in more deaths, lost work time and
>health costs than all other legal and illegal drugs put together,
>including indirect effects such as drunk driving and gang wars.
Gee, that sure makes heroin and crack additction look better doesn't it.
>Also note, much of the harm that is done is a result of
>illegalization itself, not the drugs per se, such as turf wars and
>the expense of supporting a police state.
You're the one that asked for a deeper look. Do you really think for example
legalization will end the underlying causes of drugs, drinking and smoking?
I think not.
>Lisa Rogers, newspaper reader
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