August 11th 2001

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Cover Story: The building industry's Royal Commission

Canberra Observed: Telstra creates headache for Beazley pledge

Straws in the Wind: Peter's Friends

Western Australia: WA Liberals' preference deal could be decisive

Red light districts don't work

The Media

Singapore funds (letter)

Tony Abbott criticised (letter)

Birth dearth (letter)

Parenting payments (letter)

Tree cover (letter)

Drug Deaths (letter)

Middle Ages climate (letter)

LAW: International Criminal Court: the dangers

The companies driving US-Australia free trade agreement

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Drug Deaths (letter)

by Dr Arnold Jago

News Weekly, August 11, 2001

So the NSW Government says Sydney's heroin injecting room is "saving lives". They would, wouldn't they?

Such lies will continue killing young people until politicians find they can't survive in power unless they take drugs seriously - as an issue which won't be solved by band-aids and platitudes.

Yes, the odd abuser can be helped with an oxygen mask when he collapses inside an injecting facility.

What about the increased numbers of young people using drugs outside somewhere?

People starting on drugs in the knowledge that the Government isn't committed to stamping out drugs, but considers them an inevitable part of normal life - to be tolerated, "harm-minimised" and swept under the carpet.

Don't forget that in Switzerland, overdose deaths tripled in the five years after injecting rooms first opened.

Dr Arnold Jago,
Mildura, Vic

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