Many have called for the War on Drugs to end, with it replaced by a harm minimisation strategy and/or an end to prohibition of illicit substances. The federal government is aware of the threat the drug methamphetamine (or ice) poses to the community and has set up an ice taskforce.
News from the regional NSW city of Wagga Wagga this week, where children were used as a concierge for their drug dealing parents. They would greet visitors at the door, asking what they were after and would then go and get their parents. In some cases, the children were used to carry drugs and cash between their parents and buyers. Police say the children were used to avoid detection by Police.
The actions of these parents show a mentality where drugs come first.
Within the community there is a general consensus that those who deal drugs in volume should be treated more harshly than those who deal to support their drug habit and those who use.
Ice is a drug which destroys the lives of everyone it touches.
Ice is massively addictive and changes the way its users behave. Their sole motivation is to get more and more of the drug, without consideration to anything else. Ice addicts will stay awake for days, barely eat and become violent and then crash and sleep for days. These are hardly the behaviours you want around children.
Given the high rate of relapse for those who try to get off the drug, two approaches are needed. The first is to develop a better rehabilitation program (based upon medical evidence) and the second is to take a tough approach to all people involved in the use and distribution of the drug. Dealers should get lengthy gaol sentences and users should be imprisoned for years, rather than being let back into the community. The war on drugs just isn’t tough enough when it comes to ice.