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Re: Drug abuse affects everyone
By Catlin Rettke


April 17, 2006

"Now-a-days the new drug of choice for "recreational" use is amphetamines and methamphetamines, far more severe compared to marijuana. If a young man is capable of murder and rape of his step mom while under the influence of marijuana what would a responsible person under the influence of amphetamines or methamphetamines be capable of?"
(Drug abuse affects everyone in some way -George Jackson)

A very good point, Take in mind, however, that since this particular case is indeed very rare, and one may even call it the "exception to the rule". Seeing it as such, there is no doubt in my mind that this young man (Cotting) had problems reaching far beyond his use of marijuana.

Amphetamines are a more serious type of drug to abuse, just as they are a more serious medication to give to 6 and 7 year old hyper-active children. Yet, it seems that not all these children are becoming meth addicts and robbing stores for their money. Proof that controlled drug use is in fact, possible.

I know several people who have used methamphetamine and yes, even heroin. They are neither addicted to a drug, or on a path to self destruction. If they can exercise control, it's possible for others to as well.

I personally am not a fan of methamphetamine or what it does to people who refuse to use it in any type of controlled manner. I simply choose to not use it, and encourage others to do the same. I don't think I can stress this point enough. Legalizing drugs isn't about encouraging their use, it's about a basic god given right that I think no one has the right to take from me or anyone else.

I am convinced that the only way to minimize the damages caused by drugs (In life through the drug war, in money through the drug war and in human rights through the controlled substance act) Is to legalize, educate, age restrict, tax and offer rehabilitation.

Catlin Rettke
Ketchikan, AK - USA

About: Catlin Rettke is a 19 year old male resident of Ketchikan.

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letter Drug abuse affects everyone in some way By George Jackson - Sitka, AK


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