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  •  I sure do..... (4+ / 0-)
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    ....particularly since only one of those problems can be attributed to meth use directly (the labs) and the other one that might be related (STDs) isn't something that is the job of the attorney general to handle.

    End drug prohibition already, and you'll see improvement on every score, not to mention scare resources that can be given to the actual criminal problems.

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    by Jay Elias on Fri Aug 04, 2006 at 04:23:12 PM PDT

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    •  I don't think that's true, Jay (0+ / 0-)

      If you need ID to buy the ingredients for your meth lab, then you have a major incentive for ID theft, which frequently is accomplished by mail theft. Ding! Two links right there.

      People who are high generally don't practice safe sex, and are therefore more likely to contract STD's and more likely to get pregnant accidentally. Ding! Two more links.

      Now, I believe in a multi-pronged approach - if what Goddard does to reduce meth usage is simplly arrest all users, then I disagree with that approach. Not helpful. If, as the quote in the diary states, the approach includes enforcement of the current laws (against smuggling, for instance) and education of Arizona teens and families about the dangers of and recognition of users of meth, then I think that's great.

      I doubt the AG can directly start any treatment programs, or anything like that - for those, you will have to talk to our Republican legislature, who has been busily cutting any and all social programs within their reach.

      •  Oh, I forgot car theft (0+ / 0-)

        Well, that is more directly attributable to our proximity to Mexico. Most cars stolen, from what I have read, go over the border very quickly. Tucson is one hour from Mexico. The car can be out of the country before you even know it's gone.

      •  this is what Goddard is saying (0+ / 0-)
        • Establishing a Border Trafficking Team to catch coyotes smuggling in meth from Mexico;
        • helping cities to establish ordinances that would restrict sales of pseudoephedrine;
        • sponsoring community outreach events that educate Arizona families about the dangers, warning signs, and facts about meth, and,
        • championing legislation that restricted the sale of meth ingredients, and imposed harsher penalties on meth cooks who endanger children.

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        by Dour on Fri Aug 04, 2006 at 06:13:19 PM PDT

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        •  He's playing to the cameras (0+ / 0-)

          but he's clueless.

          In the early '70s, speed came from licensed pharmaceutical labs, byproducts were disposed by licensed toxic waste haulers, and distribution controlled by crooked MDs.

          Even in the clandestine resale market it was cheap, so it was most often taken orally, with a much longer addiction curve, and less transmission of disease. The low price meant less property crime. Still not good for you, but a lot less burden on society.

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          by ben masel on Fri Aug 04, 2006 at 07:16:33 PM PDT

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      •  The most effective treament for speed addiction (0+ / 0-)

        ibogaine is illegal. Your AG could join Wisconsin's Democratic AG Peg Lautenshlager, in pressing the feds to at least allow treatments under a research protocol.

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        by ben masel on Fri Aug 04, 2006 at 07:10:52 PM PDT

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