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10 May 2014

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Rather than watching a miserable planet revolve, one man smoked weed and made music that moved the world.

It ain't about peoples substance use, it's about people having substance and using it.

Funny, these young people do not join groups to smoke joints, they join the groups to supress their depression, weed is just there all along.

Nothing against weed, in fact I light a joint once in a while to kick back and watch this miserable planet revolve by.

This is something of a national issue and importance that has been conveniently kept under the wraps...if we continue with the current mentality we will wake up one day to find that we have lost whole generations of our young people.

That is how serious the situation is now!

The term 'hog-tied' comes to mind Robin.

We are fortunate not to have much problem with hard drugs.

I'm not sure if providing treatment for drug users is the same as providing educational awareness campaigns, assisting youth program's and providing youth sporting/gaming and entertainment facilities at community based locations and providing avenues for youth employment. I'm certain that there will still be marijuana users even within that sort of program.

But I believe that offering hope and providing means of constructive entertainment and possibly employment - even temporary- is a credible way to put youths on the right track to take on responsibility and make better decisions for themselves. (Of course, I may be having fantasies even if they aren't drug induced.;-)

If people choose to continue drug use even after they know better and have had opportunities, how can we treat that?

At least they're given a choice.

As for my pigs, well they're pork from day one. I may not slaughter them myself, but I do my best to get them to that point as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.

Daily fare here in Melbourne is to hear the latest stats on violence - mostly fuelled by alcohol and drugs. Especially so is the influence of "ice" at the front of the statistical queue.

How it ties up resources is a major topic.

An addict is afforded treatment by ambulance officers called to the scene. Upon ascertaining the overdose is related to ice, extra ambo's are called plus up to four policemen also needed to restrain the addict.

When the "Narcan" administered kicks in, the awakened offender becomes so violently disposed as to require the combined efforts of the extra personnel to ensure their restraint - a reaction completely unlike the otherwise dopey and docile heroin or Maryjane users.

At this point, the topic usually shifts to the advisability of decriminalising the use of heroin and marijuana.

The extended debate then includes the taxpayer funded provisioning of treatment centres for addicts as opposed to incarceration in prisons already overcrowded.

There is no respite for the community assailed by the ravages of ice but an immediate burden for the community with taxpayer-provided remedy for outcomes of soft drug use.

There is a further philosophical log-jam for the remedial pundits when the issues of accountability for actions of the offenders is sought to be apportioned.

The law invariably sees diminished degree of responsibility relative to the offending addict and thus affords no escape to the community at large for the disproportionate degree of harm or damages arising.

I'm not so sure Michael Dom would vacillate so in the remedying of situations arising in pig management situations.

Anyway, aren't we humans just animals? I've heard that mentioned somewhere, I'm sure.

Ting ting, tasol.

Tenkiu for the link, Michelle.

You made a very good contribution on that forum.

Michael this is a great article on a topic that usually casts youth as perpetrators of violence. It's high time young men, drugbodies etc get some policy attention as a vulnerable group.

On this below is the link to an article I recently wrote about how young men on Manus Island in many ways have become 'vulnerable' in the sense of potential violence as a result of the centre.

We need to shift from casting them as 'trouble makers' to 'how do we help'

http://devpolicy.org/reflections-on-how-the-manus-island-detention-centre-promotes-gender-based-violence-20140509/

Tenkiu tru

I guess it is a case of addiction. The drugbodies become addicted to the drugs and the politicians and the public servants become addicted to getting richer and richer.

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