On a slippery, blameless slope

There is ample publicity regarding the dangers of taking or getting involved with ‘P' or any illicit drugs for that matter. The effect on health, on family, friends and others, not to mention the burden on society.

There's no doubt anyone involved with ‘P' is on a very slippery slope, with far-reaching consequences and a very hard journey back to normality.

To blame the Government, as the people of Gisborne are doing, is just a ‘cop-out'.
On the one hand people wish to live in a ‘free' country, with minimal rules and legislation.
On the other hand the Government is blamed for all sorts of idiotic things these stupid people get involved with and expect to be ‘bailed' out.

People inclined to take ‘P' and other dangerous drugs only have themselves to blame, not the Government or anyone else.                     

Peter Kelly, Te Puna.



3 Comments

@ The Tomahawk Kid.........

Posted on 24-04-2017 09:57 | By groutby

Re.your comments, I cannot agree entirely of a government being "entirely" to blame..I did read a (short) version of the Friedman piece. Government Ministers have a range of responsibilities including doing what (in their opinion) is the best for people they serve. Allowing the free and open availability of "mind altering substances" such as Cannabis, "P", alcohol or whatever to all would in my opinion be total madness (at this stage). We have an ever increasing group of people who seem to have the need to use and abuse these substances and have no self control whatsoever. My concern frankly is more with the resulting life changing consequences to others and also themselves. No problem from me if we were able to use self control....not so it seems. Perhaps understanding why there is a need to use to excess and move toward personal responsibility would be a good start.

Govt totally to blame

Posted on 22-04-2017 18:40 | By The Tomahawk Kid

The government are entirely to blame for the P epidemic and that of the synthetic drug epidemic currently sweeping the country. Educate yourself and goodle the words "Iron Law of Prohibition" by Milton Friedman. This explains exactly what is going on in regards to these awful drugs on the street. Synthetic cannabis was only invented because cannabis is illegal. P was only invented because cocaine is illegal. Both of these things are far more dangerous than the substances they govt have banned. I do not condone recreational drugs - I simply point out the facts of what is happening and why. All of them in direct relation to the prohibition of less harmful substances. The govt are also to blame for the armed holdups of gas stations and dairys for cigarettes which put the lives of good New Zealanders at risk in the guise of saving people from themselves.

Govt totally to blame

Posted on 22-04-2017 18:39 | By The Tomahawk Kid

The government are entirely to blame for the P epidemic and that of the synthetic drug epidemic currently sweeping the country. Educate yourself and goodle the words "Iron Law of Prohibition" by Milton Friedman. This explains exactly what is going on in regards to these awful drugs on the street. Synthetic cannabis was only invented because cannabis is illegal. P was only invented because cocaine is illegal. Both of these things are far more dangerous than the substances they govt have banned. I do not condone recreational drugs - I simply point out the facts of what is happening and why. All of them in direct relation to the prohibition of less harmful substances. The govt are also to blame for the armed holdups of gas stations and dairys for cigarettes which put the lives of good New Zealanders at risk in the guise of saving people from themselves.

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