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News (Media Awareness Project) - CN BC: Editorial: Drug Lessons Aren't Working
Title:CN BC: Editorial: Drug Lessons Aren't Working
Published On:2012-01-24
Source:Abbotsford Times (CN BC)
Fetched On:2012-01-29 06:00:58

For a generation, "Just Say No" was the slogan hammered into our
heads when it came to drugs.

It didn't work then, and apparently, it's not working now.

The recent string of deaths related to ecstasy, much of which
apparently has been tainted with a toxic chemical, show that some
people either ignore warnings, or simply aren't aware of them.

After hearing "People have died taking ecstasy" and "We don't know
which pills are contaminated," you would think that people would stop.

But the most recent death, that of a Langley teen, came after several
weeks of warnings in every possible venue.

Unfortunately, the Just Say No approach has conditioned several
generations to ignore warnings.

The anti-drug lobby wants to prevent teens and young adults from
becoming addicted: a worthy goal. Unfortunately, this group will
often snatch at any straw that might scare people away from any
illegal drugs. Many of their claims are based on shaky evidence, or
studies that have been discredited. Using bad science just undermines
the central, real argument that addiction takes a terrible toll, both
mentally and physically.

In addition, young people have a keen eye for hypocrisy. The fact
that you can legally buy tobacco and alcohol everywhere in Canada -
two substances that are both addictive and potentially fatal - also
tends to undermine warnings about other drugs.

The warnings from the B.C. Coroners Service on the recent ecstasy
deaths have actually been blunt, straightforward, and to the point.

Ecstasy is illegal, and is therefore made under uncontrolled
conditions that may be unsanitary. It is likely made by amateurs who
may or may not have a good understanding of what they're doing.

Unfortunately, even this kind of warning isn't enough to stop everyone.
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