HOW BEST TO DEAL WITH THE METHAMPHETAMINE/”ICE” PROBLEM? do “experts” sometimes not know what they are talking about?
The Federal Government’s Inquiry into Crystal Methamphetamine has received multiple submissions from multiple groups of “experts”.
A lot of these submissions make the same claims in more or less the same words. But do they make any sense?
The common theory seems to be that to discourage drugs — including methamphetamine (“ice”) — should be discouraged.
Why? Because (they say) using the law and the media and classrooms to deter methamphetamine use will do harm by causing “stigmatisation” and “discrimination”.
These expert groups include the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association, the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies, the National Drug Research Institute and the National Association of People Living with HIV Australia.
Not everyone would agree that stigmatisation does more harm that using drugs.
We don’t legalise rape, murder, shoplifting etc. because banning them could make thieves, rapists and thieves feel stigmatised.
I don’t think so.