|Tuesday, 03 April 2012 16:23|
A new report has been launched today - which recommends the legalisation of drugs.
Yes, we know you think this has all been discussed and rejected before. But those who want drugs legalised are very persistent!
The title of the Report?¬†
"Alternatives to Prohibition - Illicit drugs: How we can stop killing and criminalising young Australians"
They claim, "The prohibition of illicit drugs is killing and criminalising our children and we are all letting it happen."
That sums up the arguments of those who are behind the report.
This is not a new argument - it is an old argument.
Interestingly,¬†Dr Wodak became a member of the Board of Australia21 recently - announced on their blog this week (1 April - read it here). Their Discussion page about the¬†illicit drug issue names Alex Wodak as part of the group¬†dealing with the¬†issue - click here. So he is very influential in this group and their Report.
The only effective way to deal with the drug problem is to deal with the problems that lead people to take drugs - and to help them get off drugs without propping them up with other drugs.¬†
Unfortunately, the new Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, said he supported the idea of¬†legalising drugs - at least what he described as 'soft' drugs. Read the article with his comments: click here.
Fortunately the¬†Prime Minister Julia Gillard¬†said that drugs should NOT be legalised.
Australia 21 released a second report - on alternatives to prohibition -¬†in the second half of 2012.
it is titled Alternatives to Prohibition: Illicit drugs: How we can stop killing and criminalising young Australians.
Click here to download and read their report.
They recommend injecting rooms and so on - an approach that doesn't work!
Again, given that one of the co-authors is Alex Wodak, it is NO SURPRISE to read their pro-drug-legalisation report!
On the other hand,¬†Drug Free Australia has several detailed documetns about¬†the failure of the Sydney Injecting Room at King's Cross.
Read The case for closure, The case for closure 2010 update and DFA Analysis of KPMG Evaluation.